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#415335 - 09/02/11 02:26 PM 66th annual Queen of the Bay
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Who will be the next Queen of the Bay?

With a long and rich history, the sixty sixth annual Queen of the Bay Pageant is set to take place this weekend. Every year young women across the country vie for the title of the oldest pageant in the Jewel. Accompanied by a chaperone they go on tours and train intensely for over a week before the pageant has distinct traditional features. News Five’s Andrea Polanco caught up with the hopefuls in one of their practice sessions.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Queen of the Bay Pageant is the oldest and most traditional pageant during the September Celebrations. The symbolism of the pageant and history pulled out nine delegates from across the country to compete for the coveted crown:

Ronelli Requena, Queen of the West

Ronelli Requena

“Every year I try to challenge myself, the skills that I have and from what I have learnt from a very young age until now. And the pageant is known for its eloquence and grace which is a challenge for me as well as a great experience.”

Andrea Polanco

“So tell me which part of the pageant are you looking forward to?”

Ronelli Requena

“I could definitely say the part of culture, the cultural piece.”

Andrea Polanco

“Awrite, so what can we expect from Queen of the West come the night of the pageant?”

Ronelli Requena

“Well coming from the west you can only expect the best and I’m sure I’ll make my hometown very proud.”

Indira Williams

Indira Williams, Miss Stann Creek

“I decided to be a member of the Queen of the Bay pageant because I want to motivate young women to let them know that they can do anything once we put our minds to it.”

Andrea Polanco

“Ok I know you guys have been practicing all week, for the past two weeks. Some have been preparing for months. What has been the most difficult for you?”

Indira Williams

“The curtsy. The curtsy has been the most difficult part for me because I’m not fit I haven’t worked out in a long time. Other than that I’m good.”

Andrea Polanco

“But come Saturday night I know you are going to nail that curtsy?”

Indira Williams

“Yes, I’m going to do my very best for Dangriga and for the south.”

Andrea Polanco

“So tell us what can we expect in terms of the talent, something grand or a big surprise?”

Indira Williams

“Well you’re going to expect something big, a grand big surprise that’s amazing, something really, really unique.”

The journey to the crown has been enlightening for the candidates, experiences that they will translate into patriotic pieces on stage:

Yolene Richards

Yolene Richards, Miss Radiance

“This experience has been phenomenal for myself. I’m young and I have never been involved in pageants prior. I don’t have any sisters, so living with eight other young women I’ve grown to appreciate being a lady.”

Andrea Polanco

“So tell me what are you looking forward to the most when it comes to the night of the pageant?”

Yolene Richards

“Have fun, and I guess no one comes into a pageant and wants to lose however, it’s an experience and to gain friendship and to gain knowledge of our own country.”

Elizabeth Paharsingh, Queen of the Bay Corozal

Elizabeth Paharsingh

“Well I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t nerve wrecking experience because never have I dreamt of something so great. Yes we have helped each other, have bonded together, especially me cause I am new to this. I’ve never been in the Queen of the Bay before.”

Andrea Polanco

“I know one of the most anticipated segments of the pageant itself is actually the talent. You care to share with us what you’re going to do on that night?”

Elizabeth Paharsingh

“Well…”

Andrea Polanco

“It’s a surprise?”

Elizabeth Paharsingh

“It’s a surprise.”

Andrea Polanco

“But it’s gonna be good?”

Elizabeth Paharsingh

“It’s going to be good. It’s definitely going to be good. I just hope that the Belizean people will like it.”

Andrea Polanco

Amanda Taylor

“Amanda, how excited are you about the Queen of the Bay Pageant?”

Amanda Taylor, Miss Barrier Reef

“Very excited. I’ve been looking forward to this for years now so it’s finally here, so I’m happy.”

Andrea Polanco

“Do you have previous pageant experience?”

Amanda Taylor

“Yes, I do.”

Andrea Polanco

“Awrite, so you’re coming into this pageant with a wealth of knowledge and you’re definitely going to make this work to your advantage?”

Amanda Taylor

“Well, yes you can say that. I will do my best.”

Shanine Ottley

Queen of the Bay Pageant Committee Member, Shanine Ottley says that the pageant will be grand:

Shanine Ottley, Committee Member, Queen of the Bay

“As you know that Queen of the Bay represents our emblem of freedom and symbol of love. So that is exactly what you will be seeing on Saturday night along with eloquence from the ladies, grace, poise, all of that you will get from the ladies.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

The pageant will take place on Saturday at the Birds Isle at seven p.m.


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#415398 - 09/03/11 02:48 PM Re: 66th annual Queen of the Bay [Re: Marty]
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The 66th Annual Queen of the Bay Pageant delegates speak with Amandala

The 66th Annual Queen of the Bay Pageant is indisputably one of the most looked-for events of the September merriments. This year’s pageant is schedule to take place on Saturday, September 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Bird’s Isle in Belize City.

This morning, reigning queen 2010-2011, Audralee Enriquez, and the 9 delegates, along with pageant organizer, Emma Boiton, were featured on the WUB morning show.

Amandala spoke with the highly energetic young women after their appearance on the show.

Vying for the Title of Queen of the Bay 2011-20112 are Ashanti Garcia, Queen of the Bay Belmopan; Indira Williams, Ms. Stann Creek; Shadi Gillett, Miss Belizean Diaspora; Ronelli Requeña, Queen of the West; Kadeijah Tunn, Ms St. George’s Caye; Khrystal Augustine, Ms Belize City; Yolene Richards, Ms Radiance; Amanda Taylor, Ms Barrier Reef; and Elizabeth Paharsingh, Queen from Corozal.

Come Saturday night, a new queen will reign, and Enriquez will hand over her crown to the triumphant delegate.

“I don’t want to give up my crown because I love the title and the exposure, but at the end of the day, all good things must come to an end, and I enjoyed my reign and I am sure that whosoever wins will enjoy their reign as well.”

Enriquez, who is currently pursuing a degree in social work at the University of Belize, says she will continue to be an example to others. She said she plans on entering the Miss Belize Pageant in the future.

“I don’t believe in mediocrity; I believe in rising to the occasion,” said Enriquez.

Delegate Yolene Richards is a teacher at St. John’s Vianney. “What personally motivated me to be part of this pageant is my personal experience, to have a sense of patriotism, whereas I am being part of a historic event; I’m being part of history in the making and also being an exemplary figure to young women,” said Richards.

Delegate Khrystal Augustine said, “In this pageant there is nothing to lose, there is more to gain than to lose, even though if on the pageant night things don’t work out your way. At the end of the day I have learned much more than I could have ever asked for, and it will be a lifetime experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

Delegate Indira Williams shared: “I wanted to be a part of this pageant to set an example, that anything is possible, you just need to work hard and dedicate yourself, have a high self-esteem.”

Williams said her co-workers encouraged her to participate in the pageant and that her family is very supportive.

The ladies said that discipline was definitely a huge fraction of the lessons learned. The winner will receive a bachelor’s degree scholarship at the University of Belize, among other prizes.

Amandala


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#415926 - 09/11/11 02:22 PM Re: 66th annual Queen of the Bay [Re: Marty]
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Amanda Taylor wins 2011 Queen of the Bay


Queen-designate Amanda waves to fans.

Miss Barrier Reef, Amanda Elizabeth Taylor, was chosen from among eight other contestants to be the 2011 Queen of the Bay when the Queen of the Bay committee held the 66th annual pageant at Bird’s Isle last Saturday night, September 5. Outgoing Queen Audralee Enriquez will crown Miss Taylor during official ceremony at the Memorial Park on September 10.

Amanda won the judges’ hearts scoring the highest total points in the several sections of the pageant, which included a talent, formal wear and question- and- answer segment.

As Queen designate, she won a full scholarship for a bachelor’s degree to the University of Belize from the Ministry of Education, a $1,000 cash prize from the Central Bank of Belize, and $200 from FirstCaribbean Bank.

She also received a Pulsar watch from Brodies, a Smart cellphone with accessories, and $10 credit, a $100 beauty treatment at Mapye’s Salon, and the same from Joyalel Beauty Lounge, a gift basket from Grace Kennedy, a gift package of Connair products from COURTS Belize, a neckless set and a dress from Mala’s.

The Queen of the Bay Corozal, Elizabeth Myrtle Taharsingh won first runner-up prize , for which she won an Associate’s degree scholarship to UB from the Social Security Board, a $1,000 cash prize from Simon Quan Ltd., a comforter from Mikado, a suitcase,and gift basket from Grace Kennedy Belize and a necklace, and a gift from Sherlette Ottley.

She was also voted Miss Eloquence, for which she received a glass set from Hofius, a $30 gift certificate from Gayford and jewelry from New York friends of the Pageant.

Miss Belizean Diaspora, Shadi Simone Gillett won the prize as second runner-up, and her gifts included a $500 cash prize from Barrow & Williams law firm, $300 from Sagicor, a suitcase, a g ift basket from Grace Kennedy Belize, a necklace, and a gift basket from Southside Meats.

She was also voted Most Talented, for which she won a watch from Karl H. Menzies ltd., a $350 gift certificate from Wellworth and jewelry from New York. She also won Miss elegantly dressed, for w3hich she received an elegant handbag from the Queen of the Bay New York, a $50 gift certificate from Welworth and jewlry from New York.

Miss Belmopan, Ashanti Sheria Sloan Garcia, was voted third runner up. The other finalist selected after the formal wear and talent segments was Miss St. George’s Caye, Kadejah Kenifah Tunn.

Queen of the West, Miss Ronelli Requeña won Miss Amity and received a $300 savings account at Atlantic Bank and jewelry donated by friends from New York.

Miss Belize City,, Krystal Jaleel Augustine, wonthe title Miss Photogenic. Her prizes included jewelry from New York and Avon products donated by Avon representative, Sally Constantino.

No one went home empty handed, as all nine candidates received gifts from Celebrations Store, a tote bag from the Women’s Department, a handbag from Geraldine Kingston, cosmetics, lotion and jewelry.

Visiting queens who were in attendance included Queen of the Bay California, Peggy Goodger and Queen of the Bay New York 2010-2011, Camille Tucker. The 2011 Queen of New York is also expected to arrive for the official 10th of September ceremonies.

Judges for the pageant were former Queen of the Bay, Emerald Carrie Wong, Beverly Cattouse, Luanne Daniels, Brenda Stuart, and attorneys Rodwell Williams and Michael Young.

The Reporter

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