One gets a crown, another a car: Gibbs and Brooks crowned Teen and Senior Carnival QueenPOSTED: 04/26/13 12:33 PM
St. Maarten – When the curtains went down on the TelEm/Motorworld teen and senior pageant during the early hours of Thursday morning, it marked the end for two outgoing queens and the beginning of a journey for the newly crowned queens.
The opening segment which involved the five teenagers and the six seniors was well choreographed. Each of the contestants looked like Egyptian goddesses as they entertained the fever pitched audience in dance before introducing themselves individually.
Those competing in the senior category was Shanice Powell, Davinia Brooks, Kyara Walker, Valisca Sharmen Joseph, Caroline Paredes and Dikenia Lake. And in the teen category was Jeanille Gibbs, Alvinara Griffin, Cherianne Dangelben-York, Geniquah Thewet and Samantha Philips.
Modelling for various groups has finally paid off for Brooks, who also won the sash for best talent piece where she addressed some of the lewd graffiti on walls and outlined the importance for people to stand together for one common goal.
But long before Brooks was sashed and crowned, Paredes, contestant number 1 and Lake was receiving all the attention. Paredes, who is no stranger to pageantry, was awarded the sash for Miss Photogenic, best evening wear and best interview.
Lake, contestant number 6, who had undoubtly the best smile of the group was awarded the title of Miss Popularity which was judged by the audience by way of shouts, the best cultural wear and best costume.
The sash for Miss Amity went to Powell and the sash for best speech went to Joseph. However it came as a shock to many when it was announced that Lake was the 2nd runner up and Paredes was the 1st runner up.
Brooks, obviously un aware of what was about to happen covered her face and sobbed when her name was called. It took quite some time for the outgoing queen Glenicia Mitchell to fix the crown on her head properly and that marked the beginning of her journey as the senior Carnival queen of St Maarten.
At the conclusion of the formal part of the awards on stage, Brooks who was accompanied by several police officers, SCDF President Michael Granger and Motorworld representative, Ron Elferink made a short walk to the location of the Hyundai i10 and that specifically was a moment to remember, her first keys, her first car.
In the teen category, Jeanille Gibbs turned out to be the one to beat from the group of five. She was able to secure the title for best cultural wear as the ‘Mango Lady’, best evening wear and best question and answer segments.
Gibbs, who looked very athletic wowed the crowd with a ‘Lion King’ performance where she teamed up with a male dancer. It was evident that she was an experienced performer in that field and her supporters loved her every move.
Occupying the 1st runner up spot was the extremely versatile musician Cherianne Dangleben-York. York took the entire audience by storm when she arrived on stage playing a small musical instrumental instrument.
One section of the stage was set specifically for her and that space included a keyboard, a drum set and a steep pan. With the accompaniment of two musicians, she took turns to serenade the audience in style. That performance earned her the best talent title, she was very outstanding in that segment, she was also the winner of the most popular contestant title.
If the judges wanted to award a prize for best smile and dimples, then the 2nd runner up, Griffin would have sealed that award with ease. Griffin exhibited the right qualities during the cultural and speech competition which she won along with the Miss Photogenic title.
The prize for best Carnival costume went to Thewet, whose red and gold outfit stood out majestically against the dark skies as she sauntered along the catwalk for all to see. She also won the sash for Miss Amity which was chosen by her follow contestants. Erissa Cozier, the outgoing teen Queen had one final task to place the crown on the head of a tearful Gibbs.
Even if the announcement did not come as a shock, it far too much for her to bear, she too was extremely emotional and was not afraid to let the tears flow and for the next year, she too will have a responsibility to be a role model for others to emulate and respect.
Talking about journey, Paula Gordon who was crowned as the Miss Mature for 2013, on April 22nd has already embarked on her journey. Her first official task was to share the master of ceremony honors with Chet Euton during the just concluded double header pageant.
Pageant night was certainly not the first real test for the contestants on both categories due to the fact that they were pre judged during a cultural and speech competition which was held at the Great Bay Hotel on April,13. Whatever points was awarded then was added to the points they received in the grand finale.