Kamyce Penn steadies nerves to win Miss Teen BVI 2012 title
Penn, who also won the award for Best Performing Talent and was named Miss Popularity and Miss Intellect, was given the judges nod ahead of First Runner-Up Keje Hendrickson, Erika Renae Creque and Shamoia Kiara Maduro when the pageant was held on Saturday October 6, 2012 at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) campus in Paraquita Bay.
Following the announcement, the new Miss Teen BVI admitted to local news media that, despite her successful experience in pageantry, she was still nervous. “I was nervous from beginning to end but I thank the Lord for bringing me through.”
Despite not winning the Best Cultural Dress/Costume segment, Miss Penn said it was her favourite segment because she was able to showcase her creativity. She came out as a smoking coal-pot!
The new queen said persons can definitely expect her to be very active in the community promoting her platform “Health and Wellness.
In the performing talent segment, Ms Penn, who aspires to become a singer, did a powerful rendition of the late Whitney Houston’s “One Moment in Time”. In the background was a big screen showing Miss Penn and Miss Houston together in a video, which was skilfully edited to appear as though she in fact shared a moment in time with the late Houston.
Miss Penn rounded off a night of consistent performances in the Final Question segment. It was put to her that domestic violence, whether emotional, domestic, sexual or financial is a worldwide issue which affect entire communities throughout the world and how would she campaign and educate the VI Community against it.
“I would partner with the Family Support Network group and I would campaign within the schools as well as in the community to bring awareness to the community on how we can put a stop to it as well as hold different conferences where we can have an open area where they who are suffering can come and speak to us and we would welcome them with open arms,” Miss Penn responded. Her answer was followed by loud cheers from the audience.
Meanwhile, First Runner-up Keje Hendrickson received the award and 335 points for Best Cultural/Historical Costume.
Miss Hendrickson made a strong comeback after a shaky introductory speech, where she forgot parts of her lines.
The final question posed to her was that Government had created a junior tourism board and she has been given the task of promoting tourism among the youths and what promotional message would she address in her campaign to encourage the youth to make the VI the best vacation destination. “The Promotional message that I would encourage in my campaign is to love one’s country. I would definitely promote national pride so that the youth could get to know their culture and learn to preserve it,” Miss Hendrickson replied.
Meanwhile, Miss Creque was named Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality while Miss Maduro, who was quite a crowd favourite and seemed to be in contention for the crown until maybe the final question where she should have done better, took the award for Best Evening Gown.
Miss Teen BVI 2012receives a $3000 scholarship for any college of her choice. She also gets $750 cash prize and the opportunity to represent the VI at the Digicel Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant in St. Kitts in December, Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant in Anguilla in May and another pageant in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March. In addition to that, the queen will participate in parades around the region.
The First Runner-Up receives a $1500 scholarship award, $500 cash prize, a trophy and other tangible prizes.
The non-finalists all receive $500 scholarship award, $200 cash, a trophy and other tangible prizes.
In between segments performances were seen from Intrigue Dancers, Tecorah Morgan, Sasha Creque, JAD Dance Group, Cubie Ayah George, Richard Swaney and AJ Blackman.
There was really no dull moment especially with the combination of hosts Damion Grange and Leanne Simon. Grange was particularly hilarious and had the audience cracking up with his jokes.
Sponsors of the event included the Premier’s Office, Zrod, JTV and Department of Education.