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FUCHSIA NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD! Kendra Kent Crowned Miss UVI 2018-2019

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FREDERIKSTED — Kendra Kent won the coveted title of Miss University of the Virgin Islands on Saturday April 14, at the St. Croix Educational Complex Gymnasium on St. Croix. Kent won the ambassadorial competition after competing against two other contestants.

In addition to the crown, Kent, a 21-year-old junior criminal justice major, captured three of the five judged segments – Best Ambassadorial Presentation, Best Performing Talent and Best Evening Wear.

“Capturing the title of Miss UVI gave me a feeling of pride,” Kent said. “I was extremely proud yet surprised at myself because all of my hard work and dedication payed off. I am honored to be Miss UVI 2018-2019.” Her platform is centered around mental health/wellness awareness especially among her peers and entitled: “The Wounds Unseen.”

Miss UVI Contestant Ki-Anna Tonge was named first runner-up, while Ashley Simpson was named second runner-up.  Tonge was judged winner of the Miss Intellect and Best Business Wear segments.

Other special awards included Miss Congeniality for which Simpson was awarded and Miss Photogenic for which Kent was awarded. Both Kent and Tonge tied for the Popularity award.

“I am so proud of all the contestants who competed for the title of Miss University of the Virgin Islands on Saturday,” Kevin Dixon,” coordinator of Student Activities on St. Croix. “Each contestant exuded their pride for UVI and would have made an excellent ambassador for our institution. I want to congratulate Ms. Kendra Kent for securing the title of Miss UVI.”

As Miss UVI Kent, will receive a scholarship for one-year tuition plus room and board valued at approximately $13,000 among other prizes. Miss UVI is expected to participate in UVI’s recruitment efforts, represent the University locally and abroad, and maintain a highly visible role on UVI’s campuses on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

“I am so proud of the work the SGA Queens Committee, specifically Chairpersons Regina Evans and Jeanette Ferdinand, for what they have done to ensure a successful event,” Dixon said. The Miss University of the Virgin Islands Ambassadorial Competition is produced by The University of the Virgin Islands’ Student Government Association Queens Committee.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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