Yakarelis Hernandez retains crown
Press Release- San Pedro Town Council - January 20, 2012 - San Pedro Town: On Thursday January 5, 2012 Miss Yakarelis Hernandez advised the San Pedro Town Council that she is leaving the country to further her studies. Under this circumstance it would be automatic that the First Runner Up would take on the title of Miss San Pedro. The First Runner Up was advised of the situation and requested to be discrete until all angles of the situation are properly dealt with. Unfortunately the information was leaked to the media and presented improperly without consideration on any of the two girls. As a result the Council met with Miss Hernandez's parents who explained that she left to take the necessary examinations for her admittance to the University. Her Parents committed in ensuring that she fulfills her role as Miss San Pedro which includes public appearances, community service etc.
It is very unfortunate that this situation was blown completely out of proportion by the blogs and the social media. The greatest challenge that was not perceived by these individuals is how this would hinder the future of the Miss San Pedro Pageant. The San Pedro Town Council prides itself in organizing the best pageant in the Country of Belize. This is the first time such a situation has presented and instead of allowing the Council and the Miss San Pedro Pageant Committee to deal with the matter as delicately as possible the situation has been forced into a direction that was never intended. It is of utmost importance to recognize that we are dealing with the emotions of two young ladies that entered the pageant in high spirits to meet new people, grow as individuals, and develop new relationships and over all have as much fun as possible. This is the drive that keeps the San Pedro Town Council and the Miss San Pedro Pageant Committee going and in no way will we allow the gossips and misinterpretations hinder these expectations. The San Pedro Town Council extends its most sincere apologies to the Hernandez and Syme families for being put through this situation. Christine, you and your family have been very patient and understanding about the situation and we are very grateful for this. Yaka, you have been outgoing and dedicated to your responsibilities as Miss San Pedro and we look forward to continue working with you during the remainder of your reign. We wish nothing but the best for both of you. -End of release-