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Subject: Anisha Hislop is Miss CUC

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Date Posted: 03/ 3/05 4:43:18pm

Friday, March 4th 2005

Anisha Hislop bested seven other regional beauties to become Miss Caribbean Union College 2005 at the inaugural scholarship pageant held at the Maracas, St Joseph venue last Sunday.

Although plagued by technical difficulties, Anisha Hislop of Tobago bested seven other regional beauties to become Miss Caribbean Union College 2005 at the inaugural scholarship pageant held at the Maracas, St Joseph venue last Sunday.

The 17-year-old emerged an early crowd favourite when she first appeared in a half and half costume which represented the old time Tobago wedding. Chants of "To-ba-go, To-ba-go!" resonated throughout the CUC auditorium as the petite girl won the hearts of supporters of other delegates.

As Hislop prepared for the talent segment of the evening, the microphone malfunctioned. Cries of "Sabotage!" punctuated the loud murmur which followed. It took almost ten minutes for proper audio to be restored.

The wait was worthwhile. Hislop sang sweetly and played the pan in a performance that resulted in a standing ovation from the packed auditorium.

It was a night, as organisers put it, when the emphasis was not on physical beauty but on beauty in speech, modesty and attitude. The Tobago teen's closest competition came from Venezuelan representative Jenny Barrios. Her raucous supporters chanted for her every move and word. That would later earn her the prize of having the most supportive club. Though they waved the red, white and black, the Trini Posse somehow lost the shouting match to our Spanish speaking neighbours. Participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago each had their own groups of well wishers.

Delegates spoke highly of their countries and each boasted of their homeland's attributes. No swimsuits here, but the girls appeared in cultural attire and evening gowns. Miss Trinidad, Tonia Robinson, chose to highlight the fight against rising kidnappings in this country. Her performance drew little attention until she incorporated the National Anthem as an ending note. The audience rose and sang it with her. Each representative seemed to own certain segments. Just as Hislop commanded the talent round, Miss St Vincent, Maeron Stephen glided with confidence across the stage in the evening wear category. Her stunning white and patterned gown seemed to glow as brilliantly as her confident smile.

The question and answer class phased many. Some patrons thought that Hislop's, "What is the importance of the church within the cultural context of the Caribbean," was a tad on the tricky side.

The biggest hiccup of the night came, however, when it was time for the judges to tally their scores. The deliberation process lasted close to an hour much to the frustration of the crowd.

Finally, the results.

Miss St Vincent was declared People's Choice.

Martinique's Katia Caroujel was named Miss Congeniality. Delegates were required to research a paper on Caribbean Women in Leadership. This academic leg was won by Miss Venezuela. Miss Tobago won best cultural dress and best talented.

Best evening wear was awarded to Miss St Vincent.

Trinidad, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique and St Lucia were announced as runners up.

Second Runner Up, Miss St Vincent. First Runner Up, Miss Venezuela.

As supporters left the College, many were full of opinions as to why their representative did not win. No one, however, could fault the judging panel-led by former Miss Universe Janelle Commissiong-Chow - in their declaration of the winner.

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