It was a great way to start a new day and begin the weekend for Tabitha Hensley of Half Way Tree, when just minutes passed 1:00am her dreams were realized, beating the other six contestants to win the crown, but only by a extremely small margin of 1 ½ points.
Hensley amassed a total of 395 ½ points to edge out her nearest competitor, Joady Ann Livingston, who managed 394 points to secure her First Runner-up position.
After the first appearance in Creative Wear, it became obvious that the contest would be a toss-up between both Hensley and Livingston, given the consistency of their performances.
However, there was no doubt that Hensley, was indeed the most colourful, talented and overall competitive, winning, in addition to the crown, two other appearances in Interview and Evening Wear.
Livingston on the other hand also captured the title for Best Creative Wear.
The Second Runner-up position was taken by another crowd favourite and winner of the Speech and Talent Segments, Shamella Ephraim, with 384 ½ points, just 9 ½ points behind the First Runner-up.
A fair size crowd of approximately 250 persons was on hand to witness the history making pageant, which was partly organized by school officials to help promote the institution and the type of programs of training offered for young people.
The night was sprinkled with guest performances from local artistes such as Footsie, Nicha B and others but the man who stole the show was the energetic Hotta Lyrics, who first gained national notice when he participated in the ZIZ Song Competition in 2011, during the station’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. His crafty lyrics and impactful stage presentation wowed the audience, providing much excitement and entertainment at a time when they were greatly needed.
The show was held at the grounds of the AVEC, located at Taylor’s Basseterre.