ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A nine-year-old student of St Peter’s Primary School walked away with the 2013 Optimist Petit title on Sunday.
Sierra Letlow, sponsored by Happy Kids, won the Performing Talent and Personality and Aspiration segments to beat the 10 other contestants, including three boys, who ranged between nine and 11 years old.
“The show was really, really great,” chairperson of the event’s organising committee Jason Gilead said.
“The children performed beyond expectations. We had dancers, singers, musicians … it was a really good production.
Letlow’s main prizes are a trip for two to any LIAT destination, and a tablet.
Rounding out the winners’ circle were Sunnyside Tutorial’s Alise Joseph in the first runner-up position; Sunnydale Primary’s Kyra Willet in the second runner-up spot; and Aaliyah Taylor of Five Islands Primary School placed third runner-up.
Joseph was also the winner of the other judged segment – Interview.
Meantime, Holly-Ann Tonge of Bolans Primary was adjudged the Best Behaved; Most Photogenic was Letlow; and the Most Congenial contestant was Joseph.
This year, the show was held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus instead of the Antigua Recreation Grounds.
Gilead said, previously, successful staging of the Optimist Petit show had been affected by the fact that Red Eye fete was always held the night before the show.
“So over the years we had a number of adjustments to make sure we addressed the issue of not getting the grounds in a timely manner to put on our show,” he said.
“So this year, we switched to the UWI Open Campus, which has proven to be a very good venue in terms of the stage and everything else.”
The Optimist Petit chairperson described the 2013 edition as more of a production, adding that it was “a fun, hip event.”
“We’re incorporating technology into the show, with video production, etc,” Gilead said.
“So we’re hoping to grow on that in 2014 to make sure the show grows from strength to strength.”