It was a journey through cosmos last Saturday, as Queen’s College hosted its annual pageant.
When the 11 contestants finally landed on earth and the dust settled, Aaron Yearwood and Dawnte Alleyne emerged the victors, just ahead of first runners-up Jehoiada Cooke and Maururica Springer and second runners-up Tyson Holder and Tiya Manning.
In the male category of the Mr & Miss Queen’s College competition, Cooke was clearly the crowd favourite, but by the time the interview segment of the contest was over, it was Yearwood who had sealed the deal by not only winning over the hearts of members of the audience, but those of the judges who awarded him the Best Interview prize. On his way to capturing the crown, Yearwood also picked up the Aesthetics Award, along with the prizes for Best Casual Wear, and Mr Congeniality.
In the female category, competition was nowhere near as tough. In fact, it came as no surprise that Alleyne was to walk away with the Miss Photogenic and People’s Choice awards, as well as the coveted Miss Queen’s College crown.
However, speaking to Bajan Vibes immediately after the show, Alleyne admitted to having some personal doubts along the way.
“I cannot begin to explain how I feel. I was not confident in myself in the beginning and I thought I could not win this pageant, but I did it, so thank God, my friends my family,” she said.
Yearwood was also extremely satisfied with the result, saying his hard work had paid off.
“It was a lot of hours, dedication, planning and a lot of money, but it has paid off and I’m Mr Queen’s College and it is an incredible feeling,” he told Bajan Vibes, adding that he went into the competition with the mindset that he had to be the best and that he could not focus on anyone else.
“I just had to come out and just slay,” he said.
The show was produced by the Aesthetics group. Director Justin Poleon told Bajan Vibes he was happy with the outcome.
“I was so proud of [the contestants]. They did an amazing job and in the end, it became Dawnte and Aaron . . . .We had a few turbulent times, especially going through this last week grand rehearsal was a bit of a mess, so we were a little skeptical coming into [the finals], but we prepared the contestants well enough that once they stepped on the stage they were able to shine,” he explained.