According to Vanessa, Upgrade is an annual seminar/pageant aimed at educating teenagers on the dangers of drugs (weed, alcohol, and tobacco), academic nonchalance, and character decadence; while simultaneously inspiring them to achieve all they possibly can even at a young age. The event is packaged as an interschool competition to spur the young and active who it is targeted at.
|Mr Alcohol Free|
|Miss Academic Excellence|
|Vanessa decorating Miss Upgrade 2013|
The contestants were asked to come up with a speech that embodied the value they represented and they were judged based on the confidence they displayed, speech quality, embodiment of the value represented, and carriage of costume.
|Miss Nonconformist of Oxbridge College is Miss Upgrade 2013|
As a final word to teens, Vanessa says “You don’t have to do what everybody else is doing. What have your parents taught you? What has the Bible taught you? Follow those even if it makes you feel out of place. Leaders don’t blend in, they stand out”
Wow watch out for Upgrade 2014. It promises to be a bigger and better event with even more sponsors wanting to be part of such a laudable effort.