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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tyrhonda Knowles - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Tyrhonda Knowles

AGE:  23
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 4”

Tyrhonda Knowles - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
The Favorite Things about my country is that I can enjoy the natural resources for free that from centuries past until now people pay and travel to see. The people, the food (I can talk about this all day) and my surroundings are filled with something so unique and diverse you cannot compare it to any other nation in the world. I love our culture, specifically Junkanoo because regardless of denomination or class every unit combines to hear or perform awesome music, to have fun and to win "da Valley." To be in a country that contains 700 island and cays, each island offering something totally different from the other, to me is like a cornucopia of greatness combine into one. That is why no matter how small we are as a country we have something that attracts people from every part of the globe.  As Pastor Myles Munroe proudly states my country is "The Place Where God lives."  We have so much rich history and intangible assets here that are yet to be discovered and utilized.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS:
To fulfill my God given purpose and accomplishing my goals to the best of my ability, becoming a positive contribution to myself, my family and my country at large.

HOBBIES:
Video Editing, Graphic Design

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
In five a years I would like to be established in setting a foundation to keep me and my family financially, spiritually, physically and emotionally stable. I would like to have completed my Bachelors degree and all of my certifications towards this venture.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
Another day I am blessed to live is another opportunity to make a positive transformation. Something like a butterfly in metamorphosis.

MY BEST ASSET IS:
My personality.  I tend to be optimistic and try to find the best in others even when obstacles tend to be in my way to alter my view on a particular situation or person. Sometimes it tends not to work in my favor and probably would encourage me to be more of a pessimist, but I prefer to expect the best and prepare for the worst instead of the opposite.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
The Pursuit of Happyness

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
President Barak Obama.  This may be a Common response but I want to meet him because of the challanges he had to overcome and if I can obtain some of his advice I would use it to progress.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
The realization that I am a vessel filled with so much potential, that can be used by God to first of all improve myself, others, my community and my country in a way that only I could. It is a reason each of us is placed on the Earth and we are contributors to what happens in it whether it's negatively or positively.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Entered this competition.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
Graduating from High School due to the fact that some of my family members didn't finish school.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
I was an enumerator in the 2010 National census. It was a exciting and interesting experience that made me aware of the importance of information. I describe myself a Misfit mainly because I am an unusual person, and I consider that to be something good. I’d rather stand out than blend with the crowd.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
3 BGSE, 3 BJC, Pitman (Word Processing), Certificates (Mathematics, Computer, English Language etc), Merit (Let's Read bahamas Competition), Diploma
Technical Cadet Corps Computer Science and Technical Drawing Award
Prom Queen 2003

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Unique, Influential and Comprehensive.

Tyrhonda Knowles - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Tomacina Culmer - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Tomacina Culmer

AGE:  19
HAIR COLOR: Black/Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5' 10"

Tomacina Culmer - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
My favorite things about my country have to be firstly the beautiful weather we have almost all year round; the fact that people pay money to visit this country and I have the privilege of living here. I am truly grateful especially when I watch what goes on in other countries. We are a blessed nation and we sometimes take it for granted. I love the fact that we have the best of both worlds in one country; in some cases on the same island. If you want to live a fast life or a relaxed laid back life there is an island to suit that need.

LIFE'S AMBITIONS:
I aspire to become a role model for others; to be a successful model internationally; and I want to pay my way through college majoring in Digital Photography to return and teach it in The Bahamas.

HOBBIES:
Softball, Volleyball, Dance, Watching TV, Personal Fitness and Surfing the net

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
In 5 years I would like to be finished with school and begin teaching. And also begin preparations to open my own photography studio to provide a better environment to teach my students.

MY BEST ASSET IS:
My best asset is my versatility.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
To be better than I was yesterday physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
I haven't watched many movies that have influenced my life because of the type of movies I choose to watch like horror but there is one great motivational movie that I happened to stumble across and that was 'Precious'. That movie is a prime example of what I believe in. You can achieve ANYTHING you want to in life despite anything you've been through or may be currently going through.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
In 5 years I would like to be finished with school and begin teaching. And also begin preparations to open my own photography studio to provide a better environment to teach my students.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
Negativity. Sounds a bit weird but I feed off of people telling me no and expecting less of me.  It just makes me work harder to achieve any goal set before me to my best ability.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I've ever done would be the one time I modeled men's wear.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
My high school graduation is the proudest moment of my life hands down. I didn't graduate a top student or get a truck load of awards but being the last of four kids and the first to graduate was a very proud moment for me. Also allowing my mother to watch her last born walk across a stage to receive a diploma rather than watching her hold a baby gives me a feeling I cannot express in words.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
In my younger days I was considered very tomboyish. I never cared about heels or make-up or dresses. To think about it, I guess I never really cared about my appearance to other people. It was all about me and being comfortable. I wore basketball shorts and t-shirts, even men's boxers. I studied carpentry in high school and studied automotive technology for a term after high school and in both classes I excelled above of the boys.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
High School Diploma
Academic Award of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement Excellence

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Cheerful, Optimistic, Determined

Tomacina Culmer - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Miss Universal Wear Clothing Store: Tempestt Stubbs - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Tempestt Stubbs
Miss Universal Wear Clothing Store


AGE:  25
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Dark brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

Miss Universal Wear Clothing Store: Tempestt Stubbs - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
The most favourite thing about my hometown the city of Freeport, Grand Bahama is the serene life it exudes. Freeport is very peaceful, tranquil and relaxing. I have visited other countries and there is no other place that compares to the freedom and comfort I have at home.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS
My life's ambition is to enjoy life to the fullest by ensuring my happiness!

HOBBIES
Softball, Volleyball, Dance, Watching TV, Personal Fitness and Surfing the net

MY GOALS IN LIFE
In five years, I want to accomplish my Associates Degree in Business Administration and my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. I want to be in an administrative position preferably a Principal or Vice Principal of a Primary School. Family is very important to me and the start of my own will be a dream come true!

MY BEST ASSET IS
My best asset is my smile. I love the opportunity to brighten up someone’s day by just greeting them with a friendly gesture. 

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS
My daily philosophy is to be the best ME I can be. Once I have given my best no matter the response of others or the circumstances; I am satisfied!

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE
The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. This movie has played a tremendous impact on my life due to one simple reason DETERMINATION. Mr. Gardner (Will Smith) has proven no matter the circumstances or obstacles he was faced with, he was determined to capture his goal.  This movie has given me the confidence to press on regardless the situation or outcome. I have learned that each experience is a different one and with determination I can get through them.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY
A person I would love to meet is Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. She was the founder of my great institution in 1904. Dr. Bethune started my alma mater with $1.50 and faith in God. Today, I am a proud Wildcat and Bethune-Cookman University is one the greatest HBCU’s with a rich history in America.

I AM MOTIVATED BY
I am motivated by my mother. My mother has demonstrated the true meaning of unconditionally love. I am very inquisitive and during my adolescent stages I gave my mother a hard time, simply because I wanted to explore things for myself. Even though she struggled with me in the past, my mother never gave up on me. Today she is my number one fan, coach and friend. I am truly motivated by her and her constant support.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I have ever done happened when I travelled to China and I ate Camel Foot. To my surprise it was very tasty!

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
A moment in my life I’m most proud of is May 9, 2009, the day of my graduation from the Great Bethune Cookman University. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and my parents, family and friends were there to support my accomplishment and success.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME
I'm currently working with a mentoring program called the Rachel's Daughters. This program was implemented to mould and nurture our young females of today to be strong women for tomorrow.  The GEMS Girls Club at BMES was another initiative implemented by two of colleagues and myself. "Girls Everyday Making a Statement" is program focusing on the development of good character traits in girls.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a Teacher Certification
A two year scholarship with Terreve College
Miss Homecoming Queen
Miss Bethune Cookman University
Miss Grand Bahama (Best Talent)
Miss Friendship International Competition (Queen of Grapes)

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Determined, Hardworking and Goal Oriented

Miss Universal Wear Clothing Store: Tempestt Stubbs - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Miss Unique Discovery Construction and Maintenance: Sherice King - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Sherice King
Miss Unique Discovery Construction and Maintenance


AGE:  22
HAIR COLOR: Dark brown
EYE COLOR: Dark brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

Miss Unique Discovery Construction and Maintenance: Sherice King - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
My favorite things I love about The Bahamas are the atmosphere, culture and my people.  It feels great to be surrounded by clear blue waters filled with fresh fish and conch, which are so delicious because of the many ways they are prepared and melts in one's mouth.  Our culture is like no other place in the world due to our unique, upbeat parade called Junkanoo.  The thrill of seeing the amazing costumes and the joy of my people parading in the street dancing to the music is so tantalizing I wish it would never end.  Not to mention the hard-work and effort to create and paste each costume is phenomenal, which shows some of our great talents at its best.  No matter where you may go, you will always be able to recognize a true Bahamian, and the first question asked, "Who are your people?"  This starts the conversation, which ends in meeting new relatives and reinforces the saying "All of we are one family."

LIFE’S AMBITIONS:
The forces that drive me to be ambitious are what every human deserves and needs: love, care, and attention.  Everyday I try to perform an act tending to those delicate components, which makes us human and better people. In doing this, my success is not an option but given. "Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally" (David Frost).

HOBBIES:
Modeling, Acting, Writing, Dancing, Listening to Music, Public Speaking, Hosting Events, Learning New Information, and Holding Conversations with people

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
In five years, I would love to have worked with the best professionals in the medical, modeling, and acting industries, while using their knowledge to explore and utilize limitless opportunities.  One of my major goals is to start a non-profit organization geared towards HIV/AIDS and cancer patients, and I would love to have this organization completely established. Hopefully, I will be Miss Bahamas 2011 and a great ambassador of our Bahamian nation, while representing our awesome country to the best of my abilities.  Our foundation as a country is built with some of the most dedicated and hard working people in the world, and I believe we are the depiction of Albert Einstein's Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.  Our forefathers taught us these in different words, and we should never forget that as long as we move FORWARD, UPWARD, ONWARD, and TOGETHER, we will always be okay by God's grace.

MY BEST ASSET IS:
My best asset is my smile. I believe my smile is very inviting and is described as beautiful by many.  It is an addition to my presence, which helps me light up a room from a mile away.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
My daily philosophy is: She who stands for nothing will fall for anything.  It is very important to be well-rounded and knowledgeable about factors that creates one's morals and values. If not, you may be persuaded into someone else's beliefs. Your morals and values will no longer exist leaving one with the question, WHO AM I or without a "voice".

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
The Bible is the book that influenced and still influences my life.  There is nothing like a spiritual meditation with a revelation.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
The person I would most like to meet is God. He is my best friend, who I can talk to about anything. Even though we have not embraced each other on a physical level, He is always with me as He guides and protects me, while helping me to make the best decisions in my life.  Whenever it may be God's will for me to return to His kingdom, I want to be embraced by His Holy presence.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
Self motivation is a key component, which was instilled in me by my family.  If I believe in it or feel compassionate about it, I will give it my all trying my best to leave no room for error.  Only I truly know my altitude of potential success and the best I can offer.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I have ever done and sometimes still do is talk to myself.  I believe that your "first mind" or instinct is always right.  If we tend to listen to our inner voice, which is usually guidance from God, we would escape many mistakes.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
The moment I am most proud of is administering my first intravenous injection to a patient.  The unique aspect is that every patient is different, so every injection is a challenge. I love challenges, and when working with radio-pharmaceuticals as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, there is no room for error.  Therefore, it is a must for me to be successful in every injection I do.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
I am a dependable and trustworthy person who tries her best at everything in order to achieve success. Making sure I accomplish the task at hand is a very important step in achieving my goals. Not only am I ambitious, but I am also dedicated and enjoy working with others. I set my goals high; because I never give up and believe that I should always reach for the stars. Below are characteristics, which paints the picture of Sherice Marion King:

-Friendly, outgoing personality who enjoys working with people
-Extremely organized and detail oriented
-Able to multi task in a fast paced environment
-A team player capable of working independently
-Enthusiastic and passionate professional with a strong work ethic
-Polite and helpful mannerisms

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
Successfully completed a full year internship and externships through the Institute of Allied Medical Profession (received Director's Award)
Bachelor's of Health Science in Nuclear Medicine from Barry University
Barry University Academic Scholarship
Barry University Academic Achievement Award
Sister Trinita Flood Scholarship
Goizueta Minority Empowerment Scholarship
Barry University Caribbean Student Association 2006-2007 Award for Outstanding Dedication
John Casablancas 2005- Television, Print Actress and Communication
2004-2005 National Honors Society, Edna Karr Magnet School, New Orleans, LA
2004-2006 Who's Who Among America's Next Top Students (USA)
2004-2006 National Honor Roll (USA)
Dance Competition 1st place winners for Florida’s Caribbean Student Association: 2006, 2008
National Champions of Cheer Nation Cheerleading Competition, New Orleans: 2005

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Compassionate, Efficient, Enthusiastic

Miss Unique Discovery Construction and Maintenance: Sherice King - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Sharie Delva - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Sharie Delva


NAME: Sharie Delva
AGE:  24
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Dark brown
HEIGHT: 6’ 1”

Sharie Delva - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
Our Bahamian culture which is Junkanoo. The colors and creativity of the Junkanoo costumes
are astonishing and the sound of the goat skin drums makes you feel alive.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS:
To find success in my career path and allow my drive to always take me to higher heights.

HOBBIES:
Reading, Biking, Singing, Volunteering

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
I would like to grow more comfortable with myself and know that I am a constant work in progress.

MY BEST ASSET IS:
My height

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
"Go Hard or Go Home"

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
Martian Child

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
Corrine Bailey Rae. She's my favorite singer and I would love a career like hers. My love for music and singing has grown tremendously since hearing her for the first time. I find her voice powerful, haunting and enchanting.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
My Island’s financial state

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Run into the snow wearing only a swimsuit

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
The response I got after performing my talent in last year's pageant. I always knew that I could sing or at the very least hold a tune.  The crowd's reaction after I was done was the most amazing feeling ever.  It was then I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
I am driven and determined. I will not stop until my dreams have been fulfilled, no matter how long or hard it may seem getting there. It has been my dream to represent my country as Miss Bahamas and this is my third attempt.  You will see a new and improved Sharie Delva, the likes of which this country and organization has never seen.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Confident, Persistent, Unique

Sharie Delva - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Miss Lucky's Restaurant: Sasha Joyce - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Sasha Joyce
Miss Lucky's Restaurant


AGE:  23
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 9”

Miss Lucky's Restaurant: Sasha Joyce - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
My most favorite thing about my country is, no matter where you go on this earth you will always have that feeling of home whenever you return. I love The Bahamas not only because it is considered "paradise" by many but because I am proud to call it home. This country makes me who I am.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS:
My life ambition is to be successful in everything I do. When I look back on my life I would like to be able to feel like I made a difference in someone's life.

HOBBIES:
Reading, running, staying fit, web surfing, meeting new people, learning

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
In five years I would hopefully like to accomplish all the goals I have set out for myself. Which include, being crowned Miss Bahamas, graduating from Graduate School with my Masters in Social Work and my MBA and finally opening a center where youth and young adults can come together and mentor one another.

MY BEST ASSET IS:
My best asset is my empathy. It helps me relate to others, whether it be because of a joy or pain. Once you are able to relate to other people you form a bond with them that can potentially last forever.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
My daily philosophies are, and I live by these quotes: "Treat others as you want to be treated" and "Why take second place when first is open. If you do this you'll have a tendency to do it for the rest of your life".

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
The movie that most influenced my life would have to be 'Remember the Titans". This movie taught me not only how to embrace change but to look past the exterior of a person. We are all one, despite race, nationality, religion or sexual preference and to reach a common goal we must always work together as a team.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
There are three people I would like to meet: Tyler Perry, The Obamas and Oprah Winfrey. I would like to meet them because they did not allow their circumstances to dictate who they were and what they were able to achieve.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
I am motivated by myself. Each day I wake up I want to become a better person than I was the day before; spirituality, mentally, physically and emotionally. Not only for myself but also to benefit the people I will be in contact with on a daily basis.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
The most unusual thing I have probably ever done was entering this contest.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
The moment in my life I was most proud of was the day I graduated from college. 

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
I have been featured as the Tribune's Athlete of the week in 2004. I also represented the Bahamas in the 2005 Carifta Games where I obtained a silver and bronze medal in the heptathlon and 4X4 relay respectively. During College, I was one of the founding members of Mckendree University's International Student Organization and a member of the University's Black Student Organization.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
Bachelors of Business Administration with a minor in Management and Psychology
Track and Field Scholarship

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Humble, Strong, Sincere

Miss Lucky's Restaurant: Sasha Joyce - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Miss Island Luck: Reneika Knowles - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Reneika Knowles
Miss Island Luck


AGE:  25
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Dark Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

Miss Island Luck: Reneika Knowles - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
My favorite thing about The Bahamas apart from the beautiful beaches, is the diversity in the people and the fact that every island has its own uniqueness.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS
My life's ambition is to be able to realize God's purpose for me and to complete that purpose before moving on. Also to make a contribution to society that will live on years after my passing - to become a living legend.

HOBBIES
Trying new projects and experimenting such as autobody repair/ masonry or any sort of do it yourself type of project.  Playing golf.  Traveling. Cooking.  Trying new foods. Meeting new people.  Modeling&Acting.

MY GOALS IN LIFE
I am completing my bachelor's degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Programming at American Intercontinental University. In five years, I would like to either be working on Wall Street and travelling with my career or making my entrance into the Bahamas government to help in making a visible, positive change for our people.

MY BEST ASSET IS
My best asset is my mind and my ability to accept people for who they are.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS
My daily philosophy is a quote by Albert Einstein, "Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value."

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY
Sir Lynden Pindling. I would have liked to be able to ask him what it was like for him bringing our country to independence. 
Mother Theresa. I would like to ask her what was it in her life that made her so selfless and so kind?
Pharaoh Cleopatra. I would like to ask her what was it like for a woman to rule at a time when it was predominantly ruled by men and who she believed would have been the cause of her death?

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Build a wall and Autobody work to a car.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
Knowing that I have not disappointed my parents. I am living life to the fullest.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME
Something that only my immediate family knows about me is every night before I go to bed I carry and drink one glass of water with me consistently. I do not drink sodas.  I wanted a sister for 15 years I was an only child and my mother gave birth to my little sister. She doesn't call me by my name she calls me sister and she is now 9 years old. She gives me one of the greatest feelings in this world when she does that.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
Associate of Arts Degree in Law&Criminal Justice
Examination Pass in Civil Litigation by Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX)
2000 - Pass exam for Securities Commission BISX 6 week seminar. Learned about stocks, bonds, securities, central bank regulations and The Bahamas Stock Exchange (BISX)
Completing my Bachelor's degree in software development at Bellevue University
Nominated as Most Distinguished Achiever award - Junior Achievement (2001)
Bahamas Debutaunte Program - Completed successfully
Independent study of website design.
Served as President of The law&Criminal Justice society at The College of The Bahamas
Served on the Law&Criminal Justice society constitution reform committee (Members disected the Bahamas' Constitution and made a proposal to The bahamas Constitution Reform Committee giving suggestions in changing or keep certain aspects of The Bahamas' Constitution)
Held many leadership positions in high school ranging from student council, key club, junior achievement,Flagettes and participated on my high school's track and field team.
Have won many titles in the areas of sports, modeling and academics.
Other titles include pageantry titles such as Miss Bahamas at the Miss United Nations Pageants, Miss Commonwealth Bahamas, Miss Delaporte, Miss GHS Sports Queen, Miss Inter Island, Miss Bahamas of Elkdom. And I have placed in the top 5 of Miss PLP and Miss Teen Bahamas.
Best Costume at Miss United Nations Pageants in Jamaica - 2008.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Three words that I would use to describe myself are patient, open minded and honest.

Miss Island Luck: Reneika Knowles - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

LaShawn Gray - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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LaShawn Gray

Deranique's Beauty Salon / Eye Candy
AGE:  23
HAIR COLOR: Black
EYE COLOR: Dark Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 5”

LaShawn Gray - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
My favorite things about my country are the tight knit communities, the influence of European culture, the strong perseverance of the African Spirit, and the marriage between those forces that shapes our modern culture. We are so diverse&unique, yet we are one people, one family, one Bahama Land and no other country can imitate that.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS:
My life's ambition is to be to someone who is always loving, smiling, learning and growing. I want to be able to help and enrich the lives of others and those around me. I want to live a self-less life.

HOBBIES:
I love going out, traveling, meeting new people, fine dining, scrap booking, learning foreign languages, reading, outdoor activities and sewing.

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
In five years, I would have liked to have completed my Associates in Spanish and Bachelors degree in Finance. I would be pursuing my Masters in Diplomacy. I would like to get married, start a family, own my home and become fluent in Spanish and French. Also, I would like to have my Appraiser's License from BREA.

MY BEST ASSET IS:
My best asset is my joyful spirit.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart&lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, simply because he emphasizes that "We were made by Him,&for Him." Therefore our purpose is in Him. [Jesus]

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
I would love to meet Barrack Obama (and Michelle!!) I would love to sit at their feet, learn, and hear about their opinions concerning global issues. I believe mentorship changes some of your perspectives and has the ability to lead you to a brighter and more enlightened future.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
I am motivated by my parents because they have given up so much for me to be better than they ever were. Plus, I promised I would take care of their retirement&that’s a promise I have to keep, or else!
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
At the age of 20, I left my job at RBC and planned to spend three months in Guanajuato, Mexico on my own to learn Spanish.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
Currently, I am most proud of myself because I am working, in school, and active in my church. I am supporting myself financially and also trying to help my parents in some ways. Although this can be difficult, I am proud of myself for not complaining or quitting. I am also proud of myself for stepping out of my shell and applying to become the next Miss Bahamas.     

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
I am a highly motivated and ambitious young woman with a zest for life! I am a kindhearted individual that wants to see the best in myself and bring out the best in others. I am spiritual, bubbly and I love nature. I believe that we can learn so much from animals and the beautiful nature that surrounds us.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
I was fortunate to receive a two year scholarship from Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. to attend The College of the Bahamas; where I made the Dean's List. I also received certificates from the University of Guanajuato and the University of Salamanca for completing my Spanish immersion courses with honor. While attending Bellarmine University in Louisville, I made the Dean's list and was appointed Secretary of the Black Student Union.  Currently, I am on the honor roll for Sojourner-Douglass College.  I was also honored as Most Outstanding Student in Bahamian Government Schools, Most Outstanding Female Athlete in High School, Youth of The Year at Commonwealth Baptist Church and Most Dedicated Dancer.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Driven, thoughtful&joyful

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Miss Abaco: Kristy Evans - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Kristy Evans

Miss Abaco
AGE:  17
HAIR COLOR: Brown/Black
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

Miss Abaco: Kristy Evans - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
The people, the unspoiled natural resources and being voted best beach in the Caribbean.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS
My life ambition is to promote Cancer awareness to both young and old throughout the Bahamas, especially within the Abaco's.

HOBBIES
Shopping, Baby sitting
MY GOALS IN LIFE
In five years I would like to have already completed my Bachelor's Degree of Arts, working on my Master's Degree, while perusing my modeling career.

MY BEST ASSET IS
My legs.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS
Never judge a book by its cover.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE
Make today count by John Maxwell

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY
Michelle Obama. She is an inspiration to all persons of color and she inspired me to realize that nothing is impossible once you believe.

I AM MOTIVATED BY
Besides family and friends, I keep myself motivated.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Bungee jumping

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
Winning Miss Abaco&entering Miss Bahamas 2011.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME
I am confident, bold and spontaneous. I am also dedicated and believe that I can accomplish any goals that I set my mind to.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
5 BJC's; Outstanding Anchor 2009 and 2010

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Bold, ambitious, spontaneous.

Miss Abaco: Kristy Evans - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Kristen Duncombe - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Kristen Duncombe

AGE:  21
HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

Kristen Duncombe - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
My favorite things about my country are:
1. The people. I feel that here in The Bahamas we have the most amiable people and most unique (in terms looks and character).
2. It may sound clichéd but our wonderful weather; sun, sand and sea. I have been to many different states and countries and I've always desired to be home laying on the beach year round rather than to brave four different seasons.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS
My interest in anthropology and linguistics have long been an aspect of my personal goals. I love to travel and expand my knowledge of the cultures around me and my ultimate goal would be to become a linguist; knowing a total of six languages. I'm currently studying French and Mandarin.

HOBBIES
Swimming, dance, modeling, reading, cooking

MY GOALS IN LIFE
In five years I would possibly be fulfilling my interests of traveling the world and learning more about its diverse cultures as an anthropologist and a linguist.

MY BEST ASSET IS
I feel that my eyes are my best asset; they are a beautiful shade of brown and stand out as one of my most striking features. It has often been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul and I feel that the unique shade of my eyes reflect my cordial nature.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS
A great man once said," Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others" (Martin Luther King Jr). Like my mother I've long held a belief in humanitarianism, the world today is fast evolving into an undesired nature that centers around the selfish notions of individualism. My daily Philosophy is to be an advocate for the less fortunate, less privileged, especially in relation to the physical and mentally disabled.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE
Book: Restavec /Movie: The Color Purple, this book&this movie influenced me in a variety of ways especially in learning to overcome adversity despite overwhelming failures that continue to be a part of our everyday struggle for success.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY
I would like to meet Russell Simmons because I find his character to be very motivating and full of encouragement. It is always interesting to find someone who has a passion for success without an egotistical nature as a result; especially when it comes to public out-reach and community service.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
I am motivated by my mother. Throughout my life time I have been a witness of her ability to overcome many aspects of negativity and defeat. She has touched the lives so many individuals imparting wisdom and evoking optimism where ever she treads. I hope to, one day, touch someone's life in the way that she has touched so many.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
I have yet to find anything that I have done to be uniquely unusual.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
Volunteering for the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). This was truly a wonderful experience that allowed me to converse and interact with people from very diverse backgrounds and cultures. Hearing their stories and the inspiration behind their films was a very awe-inspiring experience, especially since the majority of them weren't very fluent in English.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME
I am a very strong-willed individual that has an innate passion for art and culture. My life-long goal is to be fluent in at least six languages and to travel to as many countries as possible, learning about their history and cultures. I have already made steps towards this direction, completing courses in Conversational Mandarin and French. I'm currently learning how to play the guitar and occasionally write a number of short stories and poetry that are sometimes used in collaboration with my friends for art and illustrative purposes. My love for reading has made me quite knowledgeable and has diversified my thought process in a very positive and persistent, but yet humble way. I consider myself to be a purpose-driven individual with a love for humanity which I think is a necessity for anyone thinking about being an ambassador of The Bahamas.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Resilient, Resourceful, Ambitious

Kristen Duncombe - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

Miss Lean Cuisine: Kerel Pinder - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Kerel Pinder

Miss Lean Cuisine
AGE:  25
HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown
EYE COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 7”

Kerel Pinder

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
Every year people all over the world spend hundreds of dollars to experience what I have the opportunity to do every single day. I love the fact that just 10 minutes away from my home I have paradise at my finger tips. Being able to run my feet through the soothing sand and experience the breath taking view of the sun-kissed waters makes me continuously thankful that I live in the BAHAMAS! I also love “The rhythm and rhyme” found in our Bahamian music that is definitely the soul of our culture. Our songs tell the stories of old and new traditions and experiences of the Bahamian people.  Last but not least, the strength and determination of our people. Though small in size, we continually strive to leave our mark wherever we may go!

LIFE’S AMBITIONS:
To touch the lives of not only my fellow Bahamians but to make an impact on the entire world. While acting locally, I'm always thinking globally so having the opportunity to work with organizations and make changes all over the world. If the opportunity presents itself I would also like to get into some acting!

HOBBIES:
If I ever have free time it would involve surfing the net, mainly Facebook&Twitter, I swear I'm addicted to social networks! I also love reading a good book!  Spa time is always a good time whenever I have a day to myself to relax.

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
In 5 years I will be 30 and at that time I would like to own my own home or property; have established my etiquette training school; be counseling at the High School in the position of Head counselor; be active in the community; and it would also be nice to be married by 30!

MY BEST ASSET IS:
Found in the saying: “You can tell a lot about a person by looking into their EYES”. I constantly use my eyes to evoke whatever emotion I am trying to portray whether it’s happiness, excitement, determination or FIERCE, my eyes tell the stories that my words might not get a chance to convey!

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.
   – Ralph Marston. Dare to Dream!

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
The Bible has had the greatest impact on my life; no matter what kind of day I am having the Bible is my source of direction, fulfillment and strength. Its teachings renew my faith and serves as a guideline for my daily living.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
A very hard three way tie between Yendi Phillips, Nicole Flint and Jennifer Hudson. All 3 wonderful women with a real sense of style and drive but if I had to choose one it would be Jennifer Hudson. She is definitely someone who embodies resiliency, strength and talent. Every time one door was closed for her, God always seemed to open a new one. This young lady clearly has favor and being able to meet someone who has been such an inspiration to me would be a blessing!

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
True stories of individuals who have shown the tenacity to rise above adversities and setbacks to achieve their goals. Crystle Stewart, Janelle Commissiong, Jenifer Hudson, Pauline Davis and Nelson Mandela to name a few, have all impacted and motivated me in some way to continue to persevere towards my goals. It gives me the strength to believe that one day the world will know MY story and will continue to believe that dreams really can come true!

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
FABOLUTION! The photo shoot for the Fabolution campaign has to top the list. During the shoot I was completely covered in black body paint with only underwear on. My lips were painted a zebra design and in the mirror I looked everything but cute. No seriously, it was really scary! We had to pose in the most awkward positions to create the concept they were going for. I discovered a greater appreciation for models after that experience!

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
To watch the excitement in my family, friends and supporters eyes when I won the Miss Grand Bahama title was priceless. I was never seen as a girly girl and when I entered Miss Grand Bahama I completely transformed. I discovered what had been in me from a babe; posing for the camera in every picture. Having to fight so hard with weight, pageantry knowledge and cat walk skills, winning Miss Grand Bahama and having all the people who believed in me also scream for joy in excitement will definitely go down in my books as one of the proudest moments of my life:)

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
Upon returning home from completing my Masters Degree I have had an extremely busy year. In October I founded and chaired the first ever Miss St Georges High. In November my brother and I launched our production company SisBro productions - a company geared at bringing stylish and sophisticated events to the island of Grand Bahama. The launch was held under the theme "Blooming Orchids" A cocktail expo highlighting women entrepreneurs.  Partial proceeds from this event went towards R.I.S.E, a parent support group for parents of special need children. In January I was chosen as one of the three finalist in the "Grand Bahama Young Play writers competition" and was able to see the first play I have ever written performed to over 400 people! So it's been a whirlwind of a year, but all of it I think has helped to continue to give me a good foundation for what a Queen should embody; Leadership, character and innovation!

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
Frank Penn Role Model Award ( High School)
Leadership Award ( Acadia University)
3rd Place in Grand Bahama's Play writing competition
Miss Grand Bahama 2008
Beauty of Purpose Award Miss Bahamas 2008
1st runner up Disco Queen Miss Global Beauty, China 2008

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
A determined woman!

Kerel Pinder

Friday, March 25, 2011

Miss Sand Mine Dredging: Kastachia Stuart - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Kastachia Stuart

Miss Sand Mine Dredging
AGE:  23
HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown
EYE COLOR: Dark Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

Kastachia Stuart

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
The favorite thing about my hometown is the tight community which expresses freeness, openness, and the ideal island life. No street lights or speed bumps, I think we are controlled by the law of morals. My favorite thing about my country has to be the people, not pretentious, just hard working ordinary extraordinary people.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS
I hope to one day to be the voice of the voiceless. Persons who would have lost their love ones by the hands of violence, whose families longs for the knowledge of how and who would have caused the demised of their love ones, I pray that I will assist in being the vehicle of closure.

HOBBIES
Shopping, Baby sitting

MY GOALS IN LIFE
In five years I would’ve completed my Bachelors Degree in Forensic Science and Mortuary, and in the process of achieving my Masters Degree, while contributing to my country in helping solve crimes through my field of study; as I develop a sound mind and a closer relationship with my walk in Christ while building a keen knowledge of my purpose in life.

MY BEST ASSET IS
My best asset has to be my skin. I’ve come to that conclusion because there are times I would dress so nice, looking my best and expecting people to get that WOW factor. Instead, they just say “what nice skin”, so I guess skin it is.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS
My daily philosophy is to embrace a special opportunity every day, whether it’s to make a person laugh or become more aware. When there’s a good moment I clinch onto that and develop it, when there’s a bad moment I reflect and correct so that next time the outcome can be different.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE
The Imitation of life. This movie showed me the importance of following your dreams and family. This movie has influenced me in a way that whatever decisions I make, whether directly or indirectly family must be a part of it, because they occupy the most import part, the heart. You can become as successful as you want; but if that family foundation is left behind, a human is lost.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY
Tina Turner! She’s is a legend; she´s a woman who did not give up. Her dramatic life story is known around the world. After years with her violent husband Ike she finally left him and started to rebuild her own career as a solo artist. She was half a million in debt and it took eight years of hard work before she finally hit the charts. 1984 was the year of her worldwide comeback and the rise of a New Queen.

I AM MOTIVATED BY
LIFE! This is personal, working in the morgue I get to see the end of life of many young individuals 16, 20, and 30 years of age; and the question I ask is what would he or she have become if only given the chance to live again. I’ve realized that death is real so whatever you dream about, do it. Friends and family can’t stop you, but the end of life sure can. What we do for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others last forever.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
5.4.3.2.1 JUMP! The most unusual thing I’ve done was bungee jump from a 320 ft drop at amusement park, which was a liberating experience.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
I am proud of my island and the kind of life that I have enjoyed here, the island setting has always allowed me to be free which made me a little rough around the edges (tomboy), the climbing, bare feet, chasing dogs, etc. Today that rearing and experience has made me into a young woman that would be a great representative for the Bahamas, my beauty, grace, kindness can all be attributed to the life that I have enjoyed in my country. So I am most proud when asked “where are you from”? And my answer is Bahamas.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME
My daily philosophy is to embrace a special opportunity every day, whether it’s to make a person laugh or become more aware. When there’s a good moment I clinch onto that and develop it, when there’s a bad moment I reflect and correct so that next time the out come can be different.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
Governor General Youth Award – Bronze and Sliver
Interact Club – Treasurer
3 time Island wide Step Champions (St. Paul’s College)
Captain Represented Grand Bahama in The Bahamas Games, 3 years

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Diverse, Elegant&Passionate

Kastachia Stuart

Daronique Young - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Daronique Young


AGE:  20
HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown
EYE COLOR: Dark Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

Daronique's Portrait
FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
Aside from being rich in history and culture, I highly favor and value the freedom that we as Bahamians have and the unity that we express. In being the smallest, but one of the most wealthy and prosperous countries in The Caribbean has proven the strength that we hold as a people in moving our country forward.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS
My life's ambition is to live a fulfilling life, by attempting and achieving my goals. As we only have one life to live, I don't ever want to regret not doing what I really desire.

HOBBIES
My hobbies are running, singing, playing volleyball, listening to music, reading, travelling and spending time with loved ones.

MY GOALS IN LIFE
As I study tourism management, in 5 years I would like to be completing my Masters degree in International Business at Nanjing University in China. This will serve as preparation for my professional goal of becoming a tourism ambassador for The Bahamas in China.

MY BEST ASSET IS
Definitely my character. It's who I am, my beliefs, my actions. My character makes me unique in my own special way.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS
Live like there's no tomorrow. Don't live life in fear of what others think, you would be doing an injustice to yourself by existing for their sake and not living for yours.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE
The book Mandela's Way: Fifteen lessons on Life, Love&Courage has recently had the most influence over my life. In this book the author firstly made readers aware of the imperfections of Nelson Mandela. He then continued with the lessons about life, love&courage that has proven success in Mandela's historical accomplishments in combating injustice in a peaceful way. This book continuously serves as a guide for me in living without fear and with love.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY
Michelle Obama. I admire the stability and balance she maintains in having a completely publicized life, successful career and family life. In holding intrinsic family values, she alongside her husband have propelled in both their professional and personal lives.

I AM MOTIVATED BY
Life itself. In order to live life, you must first have it. Being able, motivates me in pursuing my goals.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
When my cat was giving birth to her first litter, I played doctor and helped with the delivery. It was really weird and absolutely disgusting, but extremely rewarding in the end. Bringing new life into the world and watching a mother nurse her young was absolutely incredible.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
In 2008 when I was crowned Miss Teen Bahamas World, the victorious feeling of having my hard work pay off despite various hurdles was remarkable. This moment was most memorable because as I was being crowned, I remembered my journey to the finale and I realized that although I was wearing the crown, this was a victory for everyone that supported and encouraged me.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
I manage a small family business (Best Value Garden&Pet Centre). We specialize in pet retail and grooming. I've always had a love for animals, but I never dreamt in a million years that I would be grooming dogs.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
College of The Bahamas Athletics Scholarship
Communistic achievements include volunteering at the Bilney Lane Home for Children, Ranfurly Home, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, HIV/ AIDS foundation of The Bahamas&Christ Church Cathedral Sunday School.
Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas World 2008-2009
Theodore Elyett's Miss Congeniality
Theodore Elyett's Miss Peoples Choice
Miss Teen World (Mundial) 2008-2009

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Humble, Compassionate, Confident

Daronique Duncombe

Miss Gizmos and Gadgets: Brooke Sherman - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Brooke Sherman

Miss Gizmos and Gadgets
AGE:  20
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Dark Brown
HEIGHT: 5’ 6”

Brooke Sherman
FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY:
The elements that form our culture such as: the way we speak, our music, our food and our respect for God and moral values.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS:
My life ambition is to travel the world, investing in my education so that I can invest in the lives of younger generations. It is my ultimate aim to establish and operate a marketing, public relations and event coordination firm focused on the development of the tourism industry.  It is my goal to increase the literacy level in the Bahamas through the establishment and implementation of a non-profit organization through which the youth of our nation would be able to advance themselves through communication in their life ambitions.

HOBBIES:
Singing, Dancing, Traveling, Public Speaking [motivational], Event planning.

MY GOALS IN LIFE:
I would like to have attained my Masters in Marketing while becoming fluent in two foreign languages, one of which being Spanish. I would also like to be operating my own private marketing and event coordination firm. I would have already begun to set the groundwork and establish my literacy centered non-profit organization.

MY BEST ASSET IS:
My personality.  

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS:
If I could help someone each day in the name of love then my living would not be in vain.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE:
The book of Job in the Bible.

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY:
I would like to meet President Barack Obama because of his historical significance to the world of politics. I would like to learn about his drive to invoke change in his arena.

I AM MOTIVATED BY:
Opportunities to help individuals realize their potential.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Almost electrocuted myself.
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF:
Entering my first pageant. I never before saw myself competing in a pageant, but after finally making that big step and becoming first runner up, I was extremely proud of myself.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME:
I am a Grand Bahamian who is also an advocate for Bahamian empowerment, ownership and innovation. Before my first pageant experience, I never liked pageants or saw myself participating in one.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
VOPAC/BORCO Academic Scholarship
City Market Academic Scholarship
COB Dean's list 2008-2010
Golden Key Honor Society
Junior Achievement; Most Distinguished Achiever 2007
Toastmasters; Advanced Communicator Bronze, Competent Leader Bronze, Club Speaker of the year [CHMI Toastmasters] 2008
Toastmasters International
COBUS [College of The Bahamas Union of Students]
Junkanoo [New Year's Day Parade- Grand Bahama]

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS:
Jovial, Genuine, Humanitarian

Brooke Sherman

Miss VPX Redline: Anastagia Pierre - Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant

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Anastagia Pierre

Miss VPX Redline
AGE:  22
HAIR COLOR: Brown
EYE COLOR: Hazel
HEIGHT: 5’ 10”

Anastagia Pierre

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY HOMETOWN/COUNTRY
My favorite thing about my hometown is that there is always something to do, something to see and something to learn! Whether its spending time with my friends and family, having a relaxing afternoon at the beach, or just attending one of our local events I always feel so immersed in our rich culture. Im never bored or lonely and everyone feels like family when I come home to the Bahamas. Our delicious cuisine, laid back atmosphere, and world famous attractions are second to none and its no wonder that our 700 islands have become a much desired vacation destination to people all over the world.

LIFE’S AMBITIONS
My life ambition is to remain humble, while achieving a healthy balance between my professional and personal life.  I want to reach a point where I can have a successful career and still dedicate enough time to raising a family because both are very important to me.

HOBBIES
I enjoy photography, video Production, writing, reading, dancing, playing piano, attending sporting events, and going to the beach!

MY GOALS IN LIFE
My life ambition is to remain humble, while achieving a healthy balance between my professional and personal life.  I want to reach a point where I can have a successful career and still dedicate enough time to raising a family because both are very important to me.

MY BEST ASSET IS
I think I have many great assets. One being my smile, another being my personality, but I think my best asset is my ability to adapt to different situations. Growing up I was exposed to many different cultures, activities, and lifestyles which has made me much more tolerant and accepting of others.

MY DAILY PHILOSOPHY IS
My daily philosophy is 'don't miss out on today's opportunities by worrying about tomorrow.' One thing that everyone often wonders is what the future holds for us, but I feel that some things are unknown for a reason. God has a plan for all of us and as your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control. I believe that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. I always strive to enjoy each moment of my day remember that all things happen for a reason.

THE MOVIE (AND/OR BOOK) THAT MOST INFLUENCED MY LIFE
The book that has most influenced my life is called "With Winning in Mind" by Lanny Basham. I am always searching for ways to better myself as a person and this book has really helped me develop in multiple aspects of my life. The techniques in the book help you focus on delivering a consistent mental performance when in high pressure situations. It has assisted me in remaining calm, controlling my mind under pressure, developing a great self image, and has improved my understanding of my conscious and subconscious minds. I like to read it before big competitions or job interviews, It puts me a good state of mind and i feel like i'm ready to concur the world!

WHO I WOULD LIKE TO MEET AND WHY
I would most like to meet Martin Luther Kind Jr. The world that we live in today would be a very different place if it wasn't for his efforts during the Civil Rights movement. Growing up in a very diverse household I was exposed to many different cultures and traditions, and without his bravery my family may not have had to opportunities to obtain success. He was an incredible man, and I would personally like to thank him for shaping the world as we know it.

I AM MOTIVATED BY
I am motivated by my intuition and drive for success and i know that if being successful was easy everyone would do it. I believe that hard work supersedes everything and as long as I apply myself I know that there are no limits to what I have the ability to achieve.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Last summer, I studied in Spain for one semester and fell in love with the experience. One of my favorite memories was participating in the running of the bulls in Pamplona. 12 bulls plowed down the streets of Pamplona while thousands of people ran! It was said to be one of the most dangerous years yet, but it was very exhilarating.

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
The moment that i am most proud of is opening the boutique that my mother and I own together. It was something that we had always wanted to do, and when we finally did it, it was very rewarding. Not only were we able to work in an industry that we've always loved, but we're honored to also be able to work closely with people undergoing cancer treatment.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE JUDGES TO KNOW ABOUT ME
My family has always been an influential support system; they have stood by me and provided unconditional support in my daily endeavors. Growing up I was instilled with core values that enabled me to be motivated by God. It is because of their unconditional support and my faith, I can proudly state that I am the person I have become; a woman of integrity, loyalty, and kindness. I believe that holding the title of Miss Bahamas is not only an honor and a privilege, but it is also a job. In my eyes the year as Miss Bahamas is a year of service and I couldn't be more excited and ready to serve my country.

MY COMMUNITY SERVICE/ACHIEVEMENTS ARE
$40,000 Scholarship to Nova Southeastern University

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

NSU Athletic Scholarship
 (Varsity Cheerleading)
Bach Piano Award from the American College of Musicians
Critic’s Choice at the 2007 Thespian state competition
Global Beauties 50 Most Beautiful Faces of 2009
Miss Bahamas Intercontinental 2010
(2nd Runner Up Miss Intercontinental 2010)
Miss Florida USA 2009

Miss US Earth Water 2009

Miss Florida Teen USA 2004

Junior Orange Bowl Queen 2002
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
Haitenne Magazine cover model
Redline/VPX Sports Spokesperson
Face of Evonne Hair 
Mercedes Benz Swim Fashion Week
Islands of the World Fashion Week
Miami International Fashion Week

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS
Determined, Charming, and Fierce

Anastagia Pierre

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Miss Bahamas 2011 beauty pageant will held on May 1, 2011. The new beauty queen will representing Miss Bahamas at Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant to be held on September 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and in Miss World 2011 contest.

Miss Bahamas 2010, Braneka Bassett (photo above) will take her final walk and crown her successor at the end of the contest.

** * Fast Track - Daronique Young won Swimsuit Competition

Click on the images below to learn more about the contestants in the 2011 Miss Bahamas Pageant.

Anastagia Pierre Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Anastagia Pierre
Brooke Sherman Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Brooke Sherman
Daronique Young Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Daronique Young
Kastachia Stuart Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Kastachia Stuart
Kerel Pinder Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Kerel Pinder
Kristen Duncombe Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Kristen Duncombe
Kristy Evans Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Kristy Evans
LaShawn Gray Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
LaShawn Gray
Reneika Knowles Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Reneika Knowles
Sasha Joyce Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Sasha Joyce
Sharie Delva Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Sharie Delva
Sherice King Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Sherice King
Tempestt Stubbs Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Tempestt Stubbs
Tomacina Culmer Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Tomacina Culmer
Tyrhonda Knowles Miss Bahamas 2011 Contestant
Tyrhonda Knowles