There was no questioning Sheryl Forde’s win last Sunday night at the Frederick Smith Secondary School auditorium.
At the end of the 36th staging of the Miss Holetown Queen of the Festival contest, the 20-year-old emerged victorious, outshining the other five contestants to claim the coveted crown.
Sheryl was a clear crowd favourite based of the loud screams that erupted throughout the school auditorium when she first appeared to introduce herself. Sponsored by Super Style Shoe Shop, Sheryl simply dazzled with her beauty, intelligence and acting talents which also earned her trophies in the Best Gown and Best Talent segments of the show.
For the talent segment, Sheryl delivered a moving dramatic piece on intergenerational poverty and domestic abuse. The engaging spoken word piece entitled, Is There Anyway Out, addressed the plight of a 19-year-old mother of two behind bars who was desperate to get her family out of the repetitive cycle of abuse and drew much applause from the appreciative audience.
However, the competition was close in the Best Gown category in which the delegates were challenged to design their own gowns, which were sown by Lester Welch of Welch Wear designs.
Nonetheless, there was no stopping Sheryl who was regal in red.
However, there was no containing her emotions once the final announcement was made.
As she was crowned by Miss Holetown Queen of the Festival 2017 Shaunice Griffith, the new queen was reduced to tears and later as she spoke to reporters at the end of the five-hour show, Sheryl could not contain her excitement.
“I entered Miss Holetown Queen of the Festival 2018 to be able to have the platform to voice my opinions and interests on matters that are going on in the country and to be able to [positively] influence the youth.
“Right now I don’t think words can describe how I feel. I feel so happy to have been crowned tonight and this is just the beginning; there is way more to come from this reign and I cannot wait to get started,” she said.
First runner-up Tyanna King, who won the Miss Amity, Miss Congeniality and Best Personal Style awards, will be remembered for her bold fashion and bubbly personality.
Second runner-up Sara Forde will also be remembered for her interesting and unconventional demonstration of live painting and spoken word. Sara won the category Miss Punctuality, while Miss Ocean Blue Signs and Graphics Uvetta Pollard won People’s Choice and Miss Photogenic and Miss Next Step Inc. Ki’ara Holder won Most Improved.