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Miss Jamaica Global 2012 Groves aims to set up girls' camp

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Lotoya Patrick, one of the contestants in the Jamaica Miss Global 2012 Competition, models a mint green strapless gown.
Maricet Levy, second runner-up, in a white spaghetti strap evening dress.
Crisina Campbell struts confidently in this white flowing gown.
First runner-up 20-year-old Latoya Bulgin in a halter top gown.- photos by Mark Titus
Kristeina Beckford is elegant in black.
Miss Jamaica Global 2012 Clare Groves strikes a dazzling pose in this shimmering gold dress. - photos by Mark Titus

Seventeen-year-old Clare Groves on Saturday was crowned Miss Jamaica Global 2012 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay emerging ahead of 20 other girls who entered this year's competition.

Groves, a television presenter, was out of the running by the supporters' account, with the battle for the crown seemingly headed for a face-off between crowd favourite Tanisha Summerbell and the sassy 17-year-old Roshelle McKinley, but the question-and-answer segment sent both ladies down the pecking order.

Twenty-year-old Latoya Bulgin and 21-year-old Maricet Levy were crowned first and second runner-up, respectively.

Groves will now represent Jamaica in the Miss Global International pageant later this year, which will see
beauties from 50 different nations being represented. This in
commemoration of the Jamaica's Independence celebrations.

The show was off to a very late start, and saw the contestants strut
their stuff in casual and swimwear as well as the customary evening

Of the sectional prizes up for grabs, first runner-up Bulgin was deemed
the most aware, Candace Kerr most congenial, while Groves got the prize
for the best stage presentation.

The audience of well-wishers and specially invited guests were also
treated to performances of the top-three talent pieces, selected from
the previous night.

Roshelle McKinley won over the crowd with her dance piece, which was an
integration of Indian culture and dancehall, while Crystal Wright's jazz
piece was well received. But, it was Kristeina Beckford who stole the
heart of the judges with her Whitney Houston rendition. She was selected
as the most talented.

It was almost 11 p.m. when outgoing queen Kimberley Sherlock made her final walk.

After much deliberations, the judges' top six were announced. Apart from
the winners, 24-year-old student Lotoya Patrick and McKinley and
Summerbell were rated in the top six.

Speaking to Outlook after the contest, Groves admitted she was confident that she could win the crown.

"I feel elated, I have always sought to live my life as if it was the stage, so preparation was not difficult."

The new queen says during her reign, she will seek to set up a girls'
camp replicating a similar project by American Tyra Banks to assist
other youths who have an interest in entering beauty pageants.

mark titus@gleanerjm.com