‘I saw the growth in my child’- Hon Walwyn praises pageantry
Many persons are of the view that there are way too many pageants in the Virgin Islands (UK), while of course others think there is nothing wrong and applaud it. One such person who supports pageantry is the Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), who testified that he saw the growth in his daughter, Mya A. Walwyn, the present Miss Senior Elmore Stoutt High School.
Speaking at the coronation ceremony of Alondra C. Ephraim as the 2017 Miss Virgin Gorda Easter Festival at Norma’s Lounge at Fischer’s Cove in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, on Wednesday April 12, 2017, Hon Walwyn said pageantry is hard work.
Pageantry requires a lot
“I think at times we don’t appreciate how much is required to go into pageants. It requires a lot because I saw it in my own home when my daughter decided to run for Miss Fifth Form,” he said.
“But I saw the growth in my child through that show and I know that as parents as well you will see the growth in your children, the mental growth, and the fact now that they are able to speak on their feet and to be more confident in themselves.”
While there are many pageants every year in the territory, there are not always many contestants. The reason is anyone’s guess but some have blamed it on the harsh criticism that the public often metes out to contestants.
Younger generation stepping up to the plate
Meantime, Hon Walwyn also took the time out to applaud what he thought was “heartwarming” that the younger generation of the founding members of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is taking over from the elder relatives to keep the festival alive.
One such example he gave is the present Chairperson of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Sub-Committee, Sasha D. A. Flax, who is the grand-daughter of Mr Andy Flax, one of this year’s honourees.