Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer
Sheena Drummond, Miss Pryce Construction, was crowned Miss Jamaica World Middlesex at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on Saturday, April 28. The 19-year-old emerged ahead of 12 other girls who entered this year's competition.
Drummond, who is a university student, walked away with the first prize of $60,000 courtesy of Juici Patties and Power Service Company Limited.
She also got jewellery valued at $15,000 courtesy of Sterling Collection; sectional prizes of Most Talented - $10,000, courtesy of Auto Point Rental, Best Skin Tone - $10,000, courtesy of Villa Pharmacy, and Best Smile - $10,000, courtesy of Campbell's Wholesale.
Drummond will automatically advance to the finals of the Miss Jamaica World pageant later this year.
The first runner-up was 17-year-old Wendy Gardner, Miss Pave-Con Company Limited, who won $30,000. Gardner also won the prize of Most Aware and received $10,000 from Johnson's Building Division.
Second runner-up was 19-year-old Antoinette James, who won $15,000. James also took the prize for Most Punctual and received $10,000, courtesy of Doorway Express.
The top-five spots were completed by fourth-place Laura Sawyers Chung, Miss Dry Clean USA, and Diedria Watt, Miss Mandeville Orthodontics.
Most Congenial went to Melissan Roye, and Best Figure went to Laura Sawyers Chung, who both received $10,000, courtesy of New Life Pharmacy and Tex Auto, respectively.
The girls also got gift packages courtesy of GraceKennedy Limited and Tyra Care.
The 13 contestants put on a good show for the audience and looked stunning in casual ensemble from Maxie Department Store, evening gowns from Kymani's and Bride and Fashion, and swimsuits by The Mushroom.
The show started very late and dragged on with far too many items on the programme. However, patrons were treated to some high-quality entertainment from recording artiste Tami Chynn.
Dancers from Holmwood Technical and Belair high schools added to the excitement. So too did a young magician, who goes by the name of 'The Wizard', who captivated his audience with an incredible act.
The promoter of the event, Nikki Murray, was pleased.
"I thank all those who supported the event, all the sponsors," she said. "I am happy with girls. They came a long way in training, but in the end, they did well."