Yadira proved herself not only beautiful and gracious, but the most eloquent and talented of the 10 other candidates vying for the title. Yadira entertained the audience with a monologue about the cultural heritage of the Stann Creek district and impressed the judges with her grace and poise in the formal evening gown segment of the pageant, in which each contestant came on stage and curtsied before the outgoing queen Amanda Taylor. Yadira also won the Miss Eloquence award as she aced the question & answer segment.
Queen of the West, Marcia Moody won the talent competition with a skit, in which she portrayed a mother of seven Belizean children, each by a different father, each from a different ethnic group in Belize, and Marcia wove in a verbal tapestry of Belize’s multi-ethnic cultures, as she regaled the audience with the attributes of each of her children’s fathers.
At the end of the formal evening gown competition, the judges announced the five finalists, and after the acid test – the question and answer segment, they announced that the fourth runner-up was Miss Blue Hole Miesha Ottley, who also had a most entertaining presentation in the talent segment.
Marcia Moody won third runner-up, and Miss Caribbean Sea, Gorlee Semora Marin won second runner-up. Miss Photogenic. Queen of the Bay Corozal, Ivory Annalee Mendez was the first runner up.
Six other beauties vying for the title included Miss Belizean Heritage Kamisha Felicia Yorke, Miss Belize City, Erin Cathlyn Montero, Miss Victoria Peak, Kareesh Rolinda Tillett, Miss Belizean Pride, Saphira Felix – who had a beautiful singing voice in the talent segment, Miss Dangriga, Christine Diana Peters who won Miss Amity, and Queen of the Bay Belmopan, Jazmin Arce.
Queen of the Bay Yadira Argueta also won a full scholarship to the University of Belize, courtesy of Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber, a $1,000 cash prize from Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow, a notebook computer from Fultec Systems, a cellphone with accessories from Belize Telemedia, a gift basket from Grace Kennedy Belize, a necklace from Sophistique Fashion House, a watch from Frances Coye, jewellry and a clutch purse from Queen of the Bay New York, a gift certificate from Pink Boutique, a one-night stay at the Placencia Hotel and a $100 beauty treatment each form Mapye’s and Joyalel’s beauty salons.
The panel of judges included Luani Cayera, actor Kent Clare of “No Matta Wat,” fame, National Women’s Commission Executive director Ann-Marie Williams, former chief magistrate Margaret McKenzie and Edison Flowers.
Yadira Argueta will be formally crowned as Queen of the Bay 2012-2013 by the outgoing queen, Amanda Taylor in the annual tenth of September celebrations honoring the Battle of St. George’s Caye at the Memorial Park in Belize City on Monday, September 10.