The University of the Virgin Islands Student Government Association will be staging the 36th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. This year’s competitionwill be held at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas.
The theme is “We are Historically American, Uniquely Caribbean and Globally Interactive as Miss UVI 2016 Presents Broadway in Paradise.”
“This competition is a tribute to young women striving for excellence through education and is designed to highlight the abilities, personalities and intellect of our students,” said Leon Lafond, director of Student Affairs on the St. Thomas Campus.
The individual selected will serve as a goodwill ambassador for UVI locally and abroad during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Seven contestants are vying for the chance to succeed Katherine Callwood, Miss UVI 2015-2016.
Among the beautiful and talented list of seven contestants is the Former Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Queen Che-Raina Warner.
Contestant number six Warner, is a junior communications major. She was born on St. Kitts and aspires to become a news anchor/reporter. If she wins the competition, she will use her title to promote her platform: “The Beauty Myth.” Cheraina won the coveted Ms Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Title in 2008 becoming the first contestant from St.Kitts in over a decade to win the title.
The Show also features another contestant from St.Kitts in Patricia Francis, a junior who is majoring in communications. She looks forward to entering the world of broadcast journalism. Her platform is to minimize inequality.
Other contestants are Steffi Nicholas from St. Thomas, she is a junior majoring in criminal justice. Khadijah Lee from St. John, Lisa-Marie Hodge, a junior business administration major Originally from Kissimmee, Fla, Crystal Rawlins-Greaux from New York and Cassandra Watson from St. Thomas, a junior who is majoring in psychology. All of the contestants will participate in a pre-pageant interview on March 13, when they will be judged on content, intellect, language fluency, spontaneity, physical presentation, audibility and clarity. The Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition consists of six segments, which include business wear, introduction, ambassadorial presentation, talent, evening wear, and question and answer.
Miss UVI serves as an ambassador for the university. This role includes, but is not limited to, participation in UVI’s recruitment efforts, and representing the UVI locally and abroad. Miss UVI is also expected to maintain high visibility on both campuses.
The winner will receive one full year of UVI tuition, including room and board, and other prizes. Awards and prizes will also be presented for the ‘Most Intellectual Speaker,’ ‘Best Ambassadorial Presentation,’ ‘Best Performing Talent,’ ‘Best Evening Wear,’ ‘Miss Congeniality,’ ‘Miss Popularity’ and ‘Miss Photogenic.’
The Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition is presented by the Queen’s Committee of the UVI Student Government Association.