Queen’s College’s auditorium lit up brightly last Saturday night when this year’s graduating class held the annual pageant dubbed “Illuminate.
Competition was stiff and the ten contestants had to fight tooth and nail to secure a spot in the top five. When the dust settled, Samuel Alkins and Kyla Ward proved they were a cut above the rest.
They took the coveted titles of Mr and Miss Queen’s College, much to satisfaction of relatives and supporters who were in the audience.
The auditorium at the Husbands, St James school was filled to capacity. Many patrons had to line the corridors just to get a glimpse of the action at the sold out show.
Alkins dominated all the segments in the pageant to walk away with the lion’s share of prizes. He won the award for Best in Light Them Up when he rode on to the stage on a bicycle and bedazzled the audience with his full body suit of lights.
Alkins also took home Best Talent for a well-received dramatic presentation called One People in which he touched on racial issues that are prevalent in Barbadian society. He also won the People’s Choice award, Mr Photogenic and the Director’s Award.
The prizes were more evenly distributed among the girls as Ward only managed to win Miss Congeniality. Her prejudging points, along with consistent performance in all the segments, enabled her to claim the top prize.
First runner up, Rayna Garnes, provided stiff competition for Ward. She won Miss Photogenic, the Director’s Award and Best in Light Them Up.
Second runner up Kiara Williams who was undoubtedly the female crowd favorite, brought up the rear in the top three. She impressed the audience with her petite dress which was later adjudged Best on the Red Carpet as well as capturing Best Talent.
The pageant was produced by the Aesthetics group. Director Justin Poleon told Bajan Vibes: “They were an amazing bunch of kids and they just did a ‘fantabulous’ job to put on an amazing show.”
Poleon said with a level of certainty that the QC show would be the best for the season.
“Next year again, we are coming to slay,” he promised.