Glastonbury teen to compete in state pageant
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Jun. 20, 2011
Glastonbury’s Jaine Coann LeFebvre is competing for the title of Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen at the Miss Connecticut Pageant, which culminates in the finals on June 25 at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
LeFebvre, a student at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts, has been competing in pageants since she was 8 years old in the Rising Star pageant (also within the Miss Connecticut organization), and was previously Miss Connecticut’s junior title-holder as a pre-teen.
She also competed in last year’s Outstanding Teen pageant, and was a top 10 finalist.
“I’m excited for this year, and I hope I do well,” she said, adding that for her talent she will be singing “Via Delorosa” by Sandi Patty.
Lefebvre’s platform is suited to the sports-loving youth of Glastonbury– “Helmet and Pad Safety, Play it Safe, and Play it Again.”
“I’ve seen so many people hurt [playing sports],” said Lefebvre, who said she likes to skateboard herself. “I go to skate parks and talk to kids, especially when I see them without pads on, and talk to them about the dangers. I’m always preaching to them, and they kind of get annoyed with me, but if I can affect one person, it changes a lot.”
A Glastonbury resident her whole life, Lefebvre said she’s looking forward to this year’s pageant experience.
“I’m going to live in the moment and relish every second,” she said, “because I’m not going to get this opportunity every day of my life.”
However, Lefebvre said regardless of the outcome of this year’s pageant, there’s no end in sight for her.
“Absolutely, I’ll compete again,” she said. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Lefebvre said she wants to be a performer and ultimately hopes to pursue a career on Broadway.
“Besides that, I want to travel the world, and experience everything I can,” she said.
Lefebvre said she would suggest young girls give pageants a try.
“Pageants have affected my life so much, and have been a major influence on everything,” she said. “It’s definitely an experience that I would recommend for any girl, anywhere.”