Roslyn Luscombe, of Truro Heights, shows off the hardware she received during the National Young Miss pageant in Vancouver last weekend. Along with being crowned queen, or National Young Miss, the 10-year-old picked up awards for ‘best interview,’ ‘just dazzling,’ and ‘photogenic.’ Raissa Tetanish – Truro Daily News
TRURO HEIGHTS – A 10-year-old girl has the title of queen for the next year, or, National Young Miss to be exact.
Roslyn Luscombe earned the title during a Canadian National Girl pageant last weekend in Vancouver. The title was for 10 and 11-year-olds.
“When we went up on stage for the crowning and they were announcing the mini princesses, when they went to announce the runner up, there was only me and another girl standing there,” said Roslyn. “I was antsy and anxious to find out who was queen and they called her name as runner up.”
As soon as she realized she was the remaining contestant on the stage, the excitement started to build.
“I didn’t know if I would win this time, but I was pretty excited. I didn’t scream or anything, but when they called my name and I was standing at the front of the stage, everyone was clapping and screaming.”
Because this was only her second pageant, Roslyn wasn’t sure how she would place. Her first pageant was a provincial one in May at the Marigold Cultural Centre.
At the local event, Roslyn was named runner up, but also won the talent portion of the provincial pageant.
“After that, I decided I wanted to go to nationals, so I started a fundraiser online at gofundme.com,” she said.
Along with a beauty wear and casual wear competition at the national event, Roslyn had to do some public speaking in front of judges. She chose a topic that was very near and dear to her – her learning disability.
“I do like public speaking. It’s a lot of fun, especially speaking in front of judges.”
Roslyn said her speech in Vancouver talked about how
she’s overcoming her learning disability, which affects her reading and writing skills.
“I want to be better at reading and writing so I can overcome that big obstacle. In school, my teacher helped me a lot with different strategies and I used an iPad to help me.”
Going into Grade 6 at Truro Junior High School this fall, Roslyn knows she won’t be able to compete in pageants for the next year, but will have to perform some National Young Miss duties, such as volunteering and working on the pageant circuit.
During an interview with the national pageant judges, Roslyn talked about things she likes to do – cheerleading (she’s a member of the Truro All-Star Cheerleaders), knitting (her mother taught her during a stop along their way to Vancouver), reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.
Not knowing exactly where she heard about pageantry, Roslyn originally told her mother she wanted to participate in one.
“I had been in a pageant at the age of 10 as well, and I was the queen in that one,” her mother, Cheryl Higgins, said.
“That’s why I wasn’t nervous. I was just concerned how her father would react.”
The pageant at the Marigold wasn’t a glitzy one, said Higgins, in terms of big hair and flashy make-up. Instead, it focused on personalities and to help build confidence and public speaking skills.
“I’ve seen a big change in her already, especially around public speaking. She’s now taking bigger risks. When it came to her speech for National Young Miss, she knew she wanted to talk about her learning disability so we had some basic ideas of what she would talk about.
“But it wasn’t scripted and she did fantastic.”
Her mother said Roslyn’s confidence has also grown, and her daughter is now more willing to “put herself out there.”
When it comes to her duties for the next year as National Young Miss, Roslyn will donate time to volunteer work, including at the IWK Health Centre and the local Out of the Cold program.
“I don’t like to see people homeless,” she said. “It makes me sad to see them and I know I can’t do everything to help, but I can in some ways and I know this is one way I can help.”
To follow Roslyn’s journey as National Young Miss, including public appearances, visit www.facebook.com/RoslynNCG.