The sweet taste of victory was experienced on Saturday night (20th December) when Rikki Blake Brookes captured the coveted title in front of a good sized crowd at Carnival Village (the Sugar Mill). The last time that the BHS was successful at the vent was about six years ago in 2008, when Berrissa Byron won the title. She then went on to win the Miss Caribbean Talented Teen, the same year.
Victory in any beauty or talent pageant is always going to be better secured through consistency of outstanding performances. And Blake Brookes proved that theory Saturday night when she defeated contestants from the Washington Archibald High School, Cayon High, Charles E Mills Secondary, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Verchild’s High, and Saddlers Secondary.
Brookes also picked up the titles of Best Ambassadorial Wear and Best Formal Teenage Wear.
Brookes entered the pageant with a huge following of supporters including those from her school who came out to cheer her on. The young and ambitious contestant says she was inspired to enter the pageant by the former Carnival Queen Genieve Hanley, who is also a former Miss Caribbean Tourism.
“I was inspired by my role model, Miss Genieve Hanley, former National Carnival Queen, to become involved in pageantry. Her personal and professional successes that blossomed out of pageantry encouraged me to set foot on this path,” Brookes wrote in her biography.
Though she is heavily involved in various cultural activities, including playing masquerades, which she has done consistently for many years, since a pre-teenager, Rikki Blake Brookes has her eyes set on a career in the field of law.
In the meantime however, Brookes will be focusing her preparations for the next twelve months on the Miss caribbean Talented Teen Pageant, in 2015, when she will be representing St. Kitts and Nevis, and might just follow her role model, in securing a regional crown.
The First Runner up was the representative from the Washington Archibald High School, Kahnein Blanchette, who also won Best Ambassadorial Speech. She was followed by Tahira Dore of the Cayon High in Second Runner-up position.
It was Azariah Vanterpool of the Charles E Mills who completed the top four positions gaining Third Runner-up. She also copped the On Stage interview segment.
The other contestants were Charity Mardenborough of the Verchild’s High, Barisha Cranstoun of the Immaculate Conception Catholic School and Danecia Henry Rollins of the Saddlers Secondary.
The 2013 Miss Talented Teen was Roberitine Webbe, who will later this week represent the country in the Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant.
Queen- Miss BHS
First Runner-up- Miss Washington Archibald High School,
Second Runner-up- Miss Cayon High School
Third Runner-up-Miss Charles E Mills
Best Ambassadorial Wear – Miss BHS
Best Ambassadorial Speech – Miss WAHS
Best Performing Talent – Miss CHS
Best Formal Teenage Wear – Miss BHS
Best Onstage Interview – Miss CEMSS
Chairperson’s Award – Miss BHS
School Spirit Award – BHS
Miss Amity – Miss ICCS & Miss CHS