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Miss BVI 2017/2018 Contestants cry foul; No prizes given

- Some vendors are still owed from last year
Reigning Miss BVI, Khephra D. Sylvester, still to receive the winning car, which is rumored to have been burnt in the recent fire at VI Motors. Photo: Facebook
Delegates of the 2017/2018 edition of the Miss BVI pageant are still to be the prizes they won in the pageant held August 2017, almost a year ago. Photo: Facebook
Delegates of the 2017/2018 edition of the Miss BVI pageant are still to be the prizes they won in the pageant held August 2017, almost a year ago. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With many disappointed that the traditional Miss BVI Queen 2018/2019 show has been cancelled, now comes word that the contestants from the 2017 pageant, have not received their promised prizes.

Word reaching our newsdesk is that the 2017 Miss BVI Khephra Sylvester is yet to receive her promised car and other prizes.  It is also reported that the car was “burnt” in the fire last week at VI Motors, Duff’s Bottom.

The other contestants have not received their promises prizes either; no cash, school grants, or other winnings or placement items promised. While it’s known that the National Democratic Party (NDP) left the country broke, as stated by Minister of Finance  Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) in answers to questions in the House of Assembly, many of the young ladies have reportedly not heard anything from the committee on their prizes.

Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC), Trefor A. Grant confirmed our reports that “the contestants have not received their 2017 promised prizes.” However he also added that “arrangements are being made for them to do so this year”.  He did not however, elaborate on the reason/s for Government not honoring their commitments.

Meanwhile, there are a few vendors who are claiming that they are still owed from last year by the VIF&FC for services given.

Walwyn has failed?

When Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Minister for Education and Culture, took over the portfolio in 2011 he promised that festival will be within budget and there will be no over spending.  However, it has been the opposite with each year having over spending on the annual emancipation celebration. In addition he has gone though some three Festival Committee Chairs in less than 5 years.

This year there has been a major cutback in financing of the event because of the poor state of the Territory’s finances and Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  

The 2017 Miss BVI Contestants were #1-Genesis Richards, #2-Ayana Phillip, #3-Tecora Morgan, #4-Helina A. Hewlett, #5-Lean Francis and #6-Khephra Sylvester.


10 Responses to “Miss BVI 2017/2018 Contestants cry foul; No prizes given”

  • Diana (26/07/2018, 13:56) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing new here. This been happening for a long time now. This is why some young ladies refused to participate in these shows. It 's unfair to them to spend time and money and then have to wait so long to collect what they earn. It's a crying shame they have to run to the media to get any results.
  • to to looo (26/07/2018, 14:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    interesting........hmmmmmmmmmmmm. um okay.. what's next yow!!!!!!!

  • Sam (26/07/2018, 15:58) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    It’s the same cry I East End. My family member ran was placed and up to this day nothing was given up to this date and when you meet any of the committee members they can't even give you a convincing answer either, however, when they looking for contestant they sweet you up you going to get and at the end you get nothing. No explanation nothing. What is hell really going on? Why are they treating us like no body? But I bet all the oversea artist got paid and gone but the locals are always treated badly. It look like the contests have to do contracts hold them to that to get paid to.

  • vex (26/07/2018, 16:48) Like (19) Dislike (16) Reply
    Myrun bring everything he touches to zero
  • Just Sayin (26/07/2018, 19:08) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Damn this girl look good.
  • please (26/07/2018, 23:57) Like (16) Dislike (27) Reply
    At a time like this it would be fitting to voluntarily relinquish the promised gifts. Very unattractive to be bawling the entitled to the gimme. Down right ugly, really.
    • Let them be (27/07/2018, 00:51) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      They earned and were promised these things. How are you going to mandate they give them up when you don’t know what predicament they are in? I’m sure that scholarship would be much appreciated in a time like this. You don’t know if her car got destroyed in Irma or if any of these contestants are depending on this. Let people be.
      • @let them be.... (27/07/2018, 09:17) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
        Earned in a beauty pageant… perhaps they should go to work to earn these things like everyone else.

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