After 3 rounds of competition at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on Saturday, St. George’s Secondary School student Adorya Baly, 17, was crowned Hal Jackson Talented Teen BVI. The pageant was held under the theme “Colours of the Wind.” During a dance performance that opened the evening, Slyvana Charles, E’Mani Prince, Chelsea Hodge and Ms. Baly wore brightly coloured dresses and tights, and held umbrellas. During the talent segment, Ms. Baly, who aspires to be a lawyer, performed a monologue, during which she encouraged youths to get educated instead of concentrating on material things
“It is not about your hair and what you wear, but it is about educating yourself,” she said in the piece, which was titled “Hair or No Hair.” Ms. Charles dressed in a light blue blouse, a pair of tights and ballet shoes for her talent segment. In keeping with her earlier statement that she aspires to be an entertainer, she sang a song and danced ballet. Ms. Prince wore a long white dress and danced to Beyonce Knowles’ “Listen,” while Chelsea Hodge danced to “Step by Step,” by Toni Braxton.
The hall was occupied with scores of supporters, many of whom wore T-shirts supporting their favourite contestants. After almost two hours of competition, the teenagers lined up in front of the judges, waiting to hear their decision. Besides winning the crown, Ms. Baly won Best Eveningwear, while Ms. Charles was first runner-up and Ms. Hodge was named Miss Photogenic.
Ms. Baly will compete with other teenage girls in Bermuda in July. This will mark the 20th year the Virgin Islands is represented in the Hal Jackson Talented Teens International Pageant, according to Luce Hodge-Smith, director of culture. At the event, the teenagers get the opportunity to represent themselves and their countries and territories, Ms. Hodge-Smith said.
At the end of the competition, Ms. Baly took her first walk on the stage before posing with friends and family. “It was fun competing,” she said, adding that her three weeks of preparations paid off. “I was very excited to hear that I had won.” With a little more dedication and practice, she added, she thinks she’ll be ready for Bermuda.