McKoy’s dominance of the contest was manifested in her sweep of the swimsuit segments of One and Two pieces, as well as victory in the Ambassadorial Appearance, all of which were held in St. Kitts on Sunday night, 24th July, in what was the first part of this year’s competition.
The St. Lucian beauty continued her consistent performance on Monday night in Nevis, eventually winning the crown with a grand total of 2,520.5 points.
She managed to push Anguilla’ Shellya Rogers into the First Runner- up slot, with 2,499 points, followed by St. Kitts’ Abigail Liburd in Second Runner -up position with 2,370 points and leaving Barbados’ Dannyelle Leslie with a Third Runner –up placing on 2,262 points.
Miss Anguilla produced a stunning performance of her own Monday night, winning both the Interview Segment with 443 points and the Talent Segment with 505 points.
Abigail Liburd of St. Kitts picked up the Best Evening Appearance with her 383 grand total. St. Kitts was also declared winner of the Miss Amity Contest while Dominica’ Jacintha Fagan secured the Miss Photogenic Appearance.
Victory for Miss McKoy will always have a special meaning for the St. Lucian contestant because she was given less than two weeks to prepare for the pageant, because of the untimely withdrawal of the previously confirmed delegate, Miss Iva Satney.
The other contestants who participated in the pageant were Verna Grante of Nevis, who fell apart in the interview segment, unable to respond adequately to the question posed to her by her selected judge. It was a similar fate for the Jamaica delegate, (Roneisha James) who was left stumped, unable to find an answer for her interview question.
Sheridan Haynes of St. Vincent, Robekah Lindsey of Montserrat and Kishwana Jefford of Guyana, were the other delegates who participated in the competition.
The show which got started more than an hour late, was regularly interrupted by passing showers, and these, added to the long gaps experienced at the show, caused the pageant to go until just about 2:00pm, when the final results were announced.
Most of the spectators stayed in their seats though, eager to discover who would have emerged as the respective winners of the segments and overall.
The pageant was held under the theme, “Bridging the Gap-One Caribbean-One People”, recognizing that through the pageant they have been able to reach out and touch the lives of many young people from around the Caribbean.
In general, it was a contest of the highest standards, especially in the interview and talent appearances.