Eighteen-year-old Mya Bartholomew of Aripero Village, Rousillac was crowned Miss Point Fortin Borough Queen 2019.
The Upper Six pupil of Holy Faith Convent, Penal drew a step closer to take the title at the Point Fortin East Secondary School as she appeared in each segment of the show last Saturday.
Each delegate on the night of the show represented a Caribbean country. Bartholomew represented Dominica.
The petite queen said she entered the pageant feeling like “an underdog” given her slim, slender physique when compared to the other girls in the pageant.
Despite Bartholomew’s dilemma she managed to also secure the Best Physique special prize segment.
Bartholomew who aspires to be a paediatrician said: “I did not go into the competition expecting to win but for the experience. I felt like an underdog because I was the smallest girl on the show. It was a great experience though. It boosted my confidence and it helped me grow. There are bigger shows like Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Miss World, that there is a possibility that I may want to challenge myself some time in the future.”
Bartholomew said this was the first big pageant she had entered, and referred to a school pageant she entered in 2016 and won.
She also walked away with Best Presentation, Miss Intelligence and Best Talent prizes, at the Point Fortin pageant.
In the question and answer segment, Bartholomew was asked: “Within Recent years the requirements to open new banking accounts, especially business accounts has become more complicated. Do you believe that such complications may deter potential young entrepreneurs from starting their own business or doing business the proper way?”
She responded: “No, while the requirement may seem challenging, being a young entrepreneur requires perseverance, drive and determination. Young entrepreneurs must appreciate the need for rules and regulations which governs businesses. These requirements are put in place to protect businesses to ensure transparency and encourage investors, all of which benefits the young entrepreneur.”
Bartholomew’s answer prompted applause from the audience. First and second runners up were Tenika Griffith and Akeenia Sinclair, respectively.
- Story & photo by Inniss Francis