Nov 03, 2008 News
Amidst thunderous applause from a sizeable audience, school teacher Quacy Mc Gowan was crowned the 2008 Miss Guyana Renaissance Queen on Saturday night at the National Cultural Centre.
In the First Runner-Up position was sociologist/cosmetologist/
entrepreneur Patricia Helwig, while Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) employee Ronita Crandon-Duncan took the Second Runner-Up spot, winning also the Beat Talent Prize.
Supervisor in the Procurement Department of the Mayor and City Council, Jacqueline King, was awarded the Third Runner-Up position.
Senior Librarian at the University of Guyana, Esther Moore, took home the Miss Congeniality Prize, while Donna Austin, of Berbice, won the Miss Photogenic Prize and the Executive Award.
While the Executive Award was donated by the Pageant Director Negla Brandis for excellent attendance to pageant functions, interactive skills and other areas, the Miss Photogenic Prize was judged and allotted by representatives from the Acme Photo Studio on Regent Street.
Miss Andrea Bollers, a police officer attached to the Police Band, took away the prize for Most Improved Contestant.
Organisers were very dramatic and creative in their décor and artistry at the National Cultural Centre.
At around 20:00 hrs, the curtains parted and the venue was enveloped with the loud sounds of an airplane descending. As the last strains of tyres crashing against gravel and the loud drumming of engines faded away, Brandis glided on stage dressed as a rather smart looking and sophisticated air hostess, even as her arrival was being announced via microphones.
Quickly she introduced the MC, Michelle Abraham-Ali of National Communications Network (NCN), and moved right into the next segment, which was the introduction of the delegates. At this forum, the intelligence and fluency of the delegates were evident, as each contestant tried her best to be more impressive then the others.
The Business Wear segment also was totally fantastic, as most of the ladies showcased intense style, great creative flair and a touch of finesse that dictated that a business woman can still be modest but fashionably glamorous, if she wants to.
The talent segment was a blow-away item, as these beauty ambassadors threw away caution and inhibitions and plunged into a colourful and satisfying execution of songs, dances and dramatic presentations.
Most of the presentations in this segment, according to organizers, were original pieces composed by the contestants, each one depicting positive vibes about Guyana’s development and eventual acceleration in the tourism and other sectors.
Commenting on the event yesterday, Brandis said the pageant was successful as expected, and attracted a ‘reasonable audience’ even though several other entertainment activities were hosted on the said night.
She added that many of the expected supporters may have attended the Mighty Sparrow and Byron Lee and the Dragonaires show at Thirst Park.
Nonetheless, she was thankful for the turnout, noting that it was acceptable in comparison to the attendance it attracted last year.
Brandis related that the show was very impressive and showcased a high level of quality in terms of production and execution.
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