Miss Caribbean Metro USA, a Presentation of Beauty, Style, and Brains in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

The Miss Caribbean Metro USA beauty pageant was again staged at the Charles Herbert Flowers Performing Arts Center in Springdale, Maryland on Saturday, Jul 26, 2014. The event featured young ladies 18-28 years old competing in swimwear, talent, and question and answer segments. The evening was quite entertaining with the ladies performing various art forms which captivated and energized the mixed audience.

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Top 3 finalists from left Joanna Chery (Haiti) Precious Layne (Trinidad & Tobago); and Nehemie Sejour (Haiti)

The contestants demonstrated a wide range of talents and also established the fact that their beauty, charm, and grace were augmented by the level of education that they have gained and are aspiring to attain. These ladies came from various Caribbean countries; Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago. All of these young ladies are college educated. I take great pride in writing this article because this contest and other such activities show that there are more positive aspects of Caribbean people which need to be publicized. The music, the beaches, and the food are some elements of the diversity of the Caribbean and its people.

The event started on time and was professionally hosted by Jackie Bloomfield and Brian Gibbs. They kept the audience informed and entertained about the contestants and included historical aspects of the country of each participant. The enthusiastic audience cooperated with the entire production of the event by welcoming, supporting, and encouraging each contestant as she paraded her beauty and her chosen presentation—song, dance, oratory, or monologue—although, I must state that patriotism was fully demonstrated. All the sponsors and supporters of the event were highlighted with appropriate and appreciative gratefulness by the organizers.

A Glimpse of the Top 3

Joanna Ines Chery is currently a student at St. John’s University where she is a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and National Junior Honor Society. She has received the President’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Service Awards for volunteering in her community. Her future ambition is to become an international news broadcaster. Her pageant platform is called “Helping Hands”, inspired by her Grandmother who recently experienced a sudden stroke.

Nehemie Sejour (Haiti). During her undergraduate stay at the University of Maryland, she studied Sociology. Her interest in studying different cultures has expanded outside the classroom into her travels and has visited 6 countries. In recent years, she has come to understand the unrelenting power of women through her volunteer work with various nonprofit organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages, America Reads America Counts, and Camp Sonshine.

Precious Layne (Trinidad & Tobago) is a student at Florida International University and will be graduating with a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Mass Communications. While attending university she took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad and has traveled to numerous countries including Senegal, Gambia, Dominican Republic, and Belgium. Precious’ extra curricula activities include serving as the former President of the Black Female Development Circle and a mentor of Strong Women Strong Girls. She is an active member of the Black Student Union, the Caribbean Student Association, and News Editor at the University of Hawaii. She plans to receive her Masters in International Affairs and one day work with The United Nations.

Miss Carib metro 2014The eventual winner of the contest was Precious Layne, the crown was well deserved. She demonstrated great talent in her operatic style of Ave Maria, clarity in her responses and a genuine expression of wanting it—she got it— notwithstanding the fact that the other 8 contestants were also excellent in their presentations and other aspects of the competition.

The organizers of the event must be applauded for continuing to produce a classy contest that encourages young women to aspire for more. The contest is more than a presentation of physical beauty but one which allows young women to bond, to continue their education, network, gain leadership qualities, volunteer to good causes, support all aspects of their Caribbean heritage, and foster relationships with all people. “We will work hard to build this pageant for many years to come as we seek to make an impact in the lives of our Caribbean ladies in the community. Whereby, they too can make a lasting impact on other girls,” stated Sheryl Guy-Gordon, founder of the pageant.

Miss Caribbean Metro USA® is one of the avenues through which young ladies of Caribbean heritage can make a positive lasting impression on the DC Metropolitan area and the world. Since its origins in 2007, the pageant has motivated and inspired many young ladies towards success in life.

“We hope that through this pageant, we will be able to foster a more cohesive relationship with our Caribbean people in the Washington, D.C. metro area. It is our prayer that our Caribbean community will grow from strength to strength and may we be one big family,” says Sheryl Guy-Gordon, president & founder of Miss Caribbean Metro USA.

By: Karl A. Haughton

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