Queen of the Bay Toledo Jahrine Avila won the 68th Queen of the Bay pageant organized by the Queen of the Bay committee of the Loyal and Patriotic Order of the Baymen at the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts in Belize City on Friday night, August 30.
Jahrine was voted Miss Eloquence for her succinct answers in the question and answer section of the pageant. She also won points from the judges from her exquisite, pale lemon green gown, her performance during the on stage march to patriotic September tunes, and her graceful execution of the curtsy to the reigning Queen Yadira Yvette Argueta and her curtsy to the judges and the audience.
Miss Stann Creek Verinicia Vernon was voted first runner-up, while Queen of the Bay Belmopan Mikalya Venise Banner was voted second runner-up and also won the talent segment of the pageant.
Other finalists were Miss Black Orchid Winter Nerrie Lizette Haulze, who also won Miss Amity and Miss Photogenic; and Miss Barrier Reef Shamira Imani Leal. The other two contestants, Miss Belize City Andreana Meighan and Miss Caribbean Sea Kinemah Barrow did not make the final five.
Among her many prizes the Queen of the Bay designate Jahrien Avila won the coronation dress from Creations Bea, in which she is to be robed, sashed and crowned by the reigning Queen Yadira at the Memorial Park on September 10. The Ministry of Education will also be providing Jahrine with a full four-year scholarship to the University of Belize, the Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow contributed a $1,000 cash prize and Ful-Tec Systems offered a tablet computer. She also won a Telemedia DigiCell phone, a gift basket from Grace Kennedy Belize ltd., a pearl necklace, a beauty treatment by Mapye, a $500 cash prize from the Belize Social Security Board, and gifts from the Executive Director of the Women’s Commission Ann-Marie Williams and from former Miss Teen Belize Azizi Hoy.
Verinicia Vernon also won a $1,000 cash prize from Simon Quan & Co. Ltd., a 45 piece dinner set from Hofius Ltd., a gift package from Roses paper products, a SMART phone, a gift basket from the San Cas Group of companies and a $250 prize from the Belize Social Security Board.
Mikalya Vernon also won a $1,000 from the Barrow & Co. law firm, a gift basket from Southside Meats, a SMART phone, and a $250 prize from the Belize Social Security Board. All five finalists also received a gift package from Traveller Liquors Ltd.
The seven contestants had first met each other when they all congregated at the Chateau Caribbean in Belize City on Sunday, August 25, where past Queens then sashed each candidate in a short ceremony. After that the pageant committee hosted them for a whirlwind week of activities. They travelled to Belmopan to pay a courtesy visit on the Governor General Sir Colville Young Sr and the Prime Minister last Monday. The Commissioner of Police Allan Whylie then hosted them for lunch at the Police Academy. Minister of Tourism and Culture Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr hosted a luncheon in their honor at Bird’s Isle on Wednesday and on Thursday, they paid a courtesy visit of the Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley who then hosted them for lunch at City Hall. Several other city restaurants and hotels also hosted them for breakfast and supper during the week.