Local beauty Kerry Brown has made it into the heat stages in the popular Miss Teen Queen competition - and now she needs votes to help get her into the national final.
A student at Oakgrove Integrated College, the shy 16-year-old entered the competition as a bit of fun after encouragement from her family and friends.
Now, she is up against 39 other teenagers in a bid to win her heat which runs until Thursday, March 15.
Her mum Andrea, is so proud of what Kerry has achieved so far.
Speaking to the Journal she said, “It’s such a brilliant experience for Kerry. She’s quite shy generally so the competition has been a great boost for her confidence. Originally, she just entered a few photos, encouraged by a friend. But she never thought she would get so far.”
The competition organisers have already flown Kerry to London for a personal photoshoot.
Andrea continued, “It was a fantastic day.
“Kerry really enjoyed the experience and the best photo taken on the day is now the one everyone can see online.
“If Kerry wins her heat she will be flown back to London for the final at Alexandria Palace in September.
“But we’re not thinking that far ahead yet.
“I am just so proud of how far she has got already.”
A pupil at Oakgrove Integrated College, Kerry has been given great support by her fellow students, and the Principal, Ms Jill Markham.
Speaking to the Journal, Ms Markham said, “Every student holds their own individual hopes, dreams and aspirations for their future. At Oakgrove College we recognise that individuality in every student. Miss Teen Queen UK is one of Kerry’s.
“The building of self esteem is an important aim for Oakgrove Integrated College and we wish her every success in the pursuit of her dream and we would like to remind her that ‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.’
“Kerry has taken that first step, and we wish her all the best with the rest of the journey.”
To vote for Kerry text TQ30 to 81319. Votes cost 75p plus your standard network charge.
The heat closes next Thursday 15th March.