Here it is again, the month of April, the month where the annual Miss CHTM Pageant is usually held. This was the night where the long days and even longer nights of “working the catwalk” came to fruition.
Miss CHTM pageant is usually a big upcoming event as girls take on months of practice and dedication. They learn to walk with pride, speak with confidence, and perform a talent. The pageant which usually showcases approximately five girls or more was reduced to three this year. After a few hiccups, on April 8th it was safe to say, hard work pays off.
The theme this year was Hidden Treasures and the contestants represented three special gems: Citrine worn by contestant number one, Jameelia Stephens; Amethyst worn by contestant number two, Mariah Simmons and Zircon worn by contestant number three, Kiyandra Tomlison. The lovely contestants walked the walk, and talked the talk as they paved their way to the grand finale and crowning of Miss CHTM 2017. Colourful displays of creativity, clothing and talent were showcased on stage before three guest judges and an enthusiastic audience. The panel of judges included: Mrs. Christine Rollins, member of staff, Mr. Eric Bain and Dr. Jennifer Bethel.
The MCs for the night were Keshae Bovell and Jasonta Bowen – they welcomed the beautiful ladies to the stage as well as the ‘broadway’ performances from our very talented students. The pageant started with an opening dance which was choreographed by the former Miss CHTM Winner (2015) Shanice Gittens. The categories included Casual, Swimwear, Talent and Formal wear.
At the end the night, the winner of the pageant was contestant number three, Ms Zircon Kiyandra Tomlison from the beautiful island of Jamaica. Congratulations go out to Kiyandra for a wonderful job done. Congratulations also go out to the other contestants for doing a wonderful job and giving it their best.
On that day, the Miss CHTM Pageant was not the only special event that took place. Whilst the pageant ended on a happy note, the balance of the night was a tribute to departing direct, Dr. Andrew Spencer. The special segment dedicated to this news was filled with happy memories and sad undertones. Heartfelt speeches were given as everyone took trips down memory lane. The night ended with beautiful vocal rendition by the lovely ladies of CHTM and cutting of a cake. Dr. Andrew Spencer, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours; you will be missed.
Overall, with the newly crowned Miss CHTM 2017 and the departure of Dr. Andrew Spencer, April 8th 2017 was not a night to easily forget. Congratulations and best wishes goes out again to the winner of the Miss CHTM pageant. We look forward to you becoming the best you and an outstanding ambassador for CHTM.
By Shanice Jordan, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017
Photos courtesy of Charlotte Rajkumar, Von Woodside, Donella Blackman, Kendrea Harris and Keron Best