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UPDATE: Thomas found ‘strength in God’ to win Ms Fifth Form

- newly crowned pageant queen credits support base & talent piece for pushing her to victory
Yadali Thomas credited her strength in God for her seemingly effortless win in the Elmore Stoutt High School's Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Scene from the Elmore Stoutt High School Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Photo: VINO
Four outstanding young ladies will compete for the 2013/2014 Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Miss Fifth Form crown this evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. [L-R] Jelifa Robinson, Yadali Thomas, Oudrea Smith and Mia Francis. Photo: Supplied
Four outstanding young ladies will compete for the 2013/2014 Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Miss Fifth Form crown this evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. [L-R] Jelifa Robinson, Yadali Thomas, Oudrea Smith and Mia Francis. Photo: Supplied
While the pageant has historically been a fundraiser for the school, Pageant Chairperson Mrs Bisa Smith intimated that it is also an opportunity for the winner to represent the school in a very beautiful way. Photo: supplied
While the pageant has historically been a fundraiser for the school, Pageant Chairperson Mrs Bisa Smith intimated that it is also an opportunity for the winner to represent the school in a very beautiful way. Photo: supplied
Yadali Thomas has tonight February 1, 2014 copped the crown in the Miss Fifth Form Pageant with the First Runner Up being Ms Mia Francis in a contest that saw the exhibition of talent, poise and intelligence. Photo: VINO
Yadali Thomas has tonight February 1, 2014 copped the crown in the Miss Fifth Form Pageant with the First Runner Up being Ms Mia Francis in a contest that saw the exhibition of talent, poise and intelligence. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Yadali Thomas disclosed that she found her strength in God when she almost effortlessly won the Elmore Stoutt High School's Miss Fifth Pageant last evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

Thomas etched her name into the history books by copping seven of the available awards, including those for Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, Miss Popularity, Miss Intellect, Miss Poised, Best Evening Wear and she also tied with first runner-up, Mia Francis, for the Best Talent prize.

Contestant #1, Oundre-A Smith, won the prize for Personal Development while Francis was also adjudged Most Determined to Succeed and copped the Best Career Wear prize.

The pageant received tremendous crowd support and a very vocal and well behaved audience cheered all of the contestants and acts as they came on stage.

“You either have to do this or lose,” Thomas said afterwards about how she counselled herself on her journey to victory.

“I was starting to doubt myself when I didn’t have everything together and then in the last week I thought, ‘ok this is the last week, get up [and] go.’” she said, “Then I just found the strength from God”

Thomas, who appeared the clear crowd favourite for most of the pageant, chose to play a rendition on the flute for her talent piece and disclosed afterwards that this was her greatest strength during the competition.

While she revealed she was nervous at times and was also affected by some amount of technical difficulty with the microphone during her piece, she seamlessly overcame both to triumph in the end.

Asked what she enjoyed most about the competition, Thomas replied, “I think that I have found bonds with my fellow contestants.”

The newly crowned Miss Fifth Form said although she had a very good support base, she felt Francis had the most supporters and was gracious in saying that she thought Francis had done a good job.

Thomas revealed that she prepared for two months ahead of the pageant but didn’t feel her preparation was a hard task, “I tried my best, I know how to play the flute from the school’s band and it prepared me to work tonight,” she explained.

She thanked her family and said they had shown her the best support, even though they were not what she called ‘a pageant family’.

The pageant was hosted by Melvin Mitch Turnbull and his wife Jewel Turnbull and also saw performances by Kaywanna Pope, Noir Divas, Geek Squad, Second Edition, Mya Brown, Calden James and Phoenix Reloaded.

See previous story posted February 1, 2014:

UPDATE: Yadali Thomas wins Ms 5th Form pageant

- Adjudged most photogenic, congenial & poised.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Post Time 12:15 AM Young Ms Yadali Thomas has tonight February 1, 2014 copped the crown in the Miss Fifth Form Pageant with the First Runner Up being Ms Mia Francis in a contest that saw the exhibition of talent, poise and intelligence.

Thomas came out the winner after being adjudged the best contestant in the categories of congeniality, photogenic, popularity, intellect, poise and best evening wear.

Ms Oundre-A Smith was adjudged the best candidate in terms of personal development while Thomas and Francis tied for best talent. Francis also was adjudged as having the best career wear and as being the most determined to succeed.

More details to follow.

See previous story posted on February 1, 2014

Four to contest Miss Fifth Form pageant tonight, Feb 1

- A variety of talent to be displayed says Chairperson

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Four outstanding young ladies will compete for the 2013/2014 Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Miss Fifth Form crown this evening, February 1, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

The contestants vying for this year’s prestigious crown in the pageant are #1 Oundre-A Smith, #2 Mia Francis #3 Jelifa Robinson and #4 Yadali Thomas.

While the pageant has historically been a fundraiser for the school, Pageant Chairperson Mrs Bisa Smith intimated that it is also an opportunity for the winner to represent the school in a very beautiful way.

According to Mrs Smith, the pageant was traditionally held in October of each year but for the past two years has been held during the Lenten term which allows the winner to reign during the final year of high school.

As prerequisites, contestants are required to have a GPA of at least 3.0 (B) for the current school year, in addition to being poised, talented and intelligent among other attributes.

The pageant does not only focus on the competitors themselves however, as this year, Mrs Smith assured that a variety of talent from the ESHS will also be on showcase, “We’re specialising in a lot of talent, not just the contestants,” Mrs Smith explained.

Miss Fifth Form starts at 7:00PM sharp and tickets cost $20 regular, VIP $30 and $10 for children under 10-years-old. Patrons will also have to fork out an additional $5 at the door.

Last year’s pageant queen, Ms Kadian Johnson will be on hand to crown the queen and has been described as a role model for the school and her role has been seen as integral.  

The Miss Fifth Form Pageant was established in 1986 when it was first called the Miss BVI High School Pageant. Since then, it has become an event to look forward to every year.

The theme of this year’s pageant is ‘Success is not a Destination: It’s a Journey’ and corporate communications giant Digicel has been announced as the Platinum Sponsor in addition to ZRod and Follow The Movement (FTM).

15 Responses to “UPDATE: Thomas found ‘strength in God’ to win Ms Fifth Form”

  • Myrna Fonseca (01/02/2014, 10:56) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wish I were their, I love pageants , good luck to the four beautiful girls , good luck to each of you. regards to Bisa , how is your mum please relay my regards, hopefully I will be in Tortola for the big event in August hoping to see all my friends , looking forward seeing a fabulous Queen Show and a huge parade. Myrna
  • ABC (01/02/2014, 11:15) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    No 2 all the way!!!
  • unknown (01/02/2014, 13:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Team Onix #contestant1
  • KPC Aftershock (01/02/2014, 14:28) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mia go out there and shake the stage which will be the effect of an aftershock which will do some DAMAGE....damage!!!
  • Springette Family (01/02/2014, 15:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's go Jelifahhhhhh #3!!!!!! Love you baby girl!!!
  • to hot (01/02/2014, 16:56) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    show going be hot hot hot
  • one eye (01/02/2014, 19:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    bisa girl i taught you were one of the contestants
  • lr (02/02/2014, 01:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I knew she would win
  • tamie (02/02/2014, 05:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cangrats Yadali from the entire Moorings Luandry staff we are so proud of you!!!!!!! Hip hip horray Maria she did it!!!!
  • quest (02/02/2014, 07:13) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Oh she is so beautiful
  • cay (02/02/2014, 16:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh what a beatuful night
  • the real queen (02/02/2014, 19:23) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    she wearing red
  • Well who (02/02/2014, 19:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to the contestants and the committee for the work put into the show.

    I just keep wondering why are the same judges being used show after show. And, most of the judges last night are usually chaperons or coaches to other contestants in different pageant around here.

    Yes, if they ask me I would be a judge.
  • fish (03/02/2014, 13:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem young ppl doing them thing


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