Chateaubelair representative, 16-year-old Oneisha Lavia did not attempt to hide her surprise when she was announced Miss North Leeward 2014 around 5 a.m. on Saturday.
Results at a glance:
Miss North Leeward 2014 — Miss Chateaubelair Oneisha Lavia
First Runner-up — Miss Petit Bordel Osheca Edwards
Second Runner-up — Miss Spring Village Shiwani Massiah
Best Swimwear – Miss Petit Bordel Osheca Edwards
Best Talent — Miss Fitz Hughes Moressa Small
Best Eveningwear – Miss Petit Bordel Osheca Edwards
Best Interview — Miss Spring Village Shiwani Massiah
Miss Congeniality — Miss Rose Hall Shanta Williams
Most Community-Spirited — Miss Petit Bordel Osheca Edwards
Most Facebook Likes — Miss Troumaca Heshbon Jocelyn
The other contestants was Miss Rose Hall Shanta Williams
“Honestly, I was [surprised], because I didn’t expect it was going to be me,” she told reporters after her crowning at the Petit Bordel Secondary School (PBSS).
“When they called out all the categories that all the girl got and I saw that only one sash I had, I was like ‘What?’ And then when I heard it was contestant number six, I was like ‘Okay, this is really mine?’” said Lavia, who did not win any of the categories of the show.
“I feel happy,” Lavia told reporters then paused, seemingly overcome by emotions.
“I feel happy. … I didn’t know that I was going to win the show but I put my best foot forward and I did my best,” said the lass, who placed second runner-up in the Miss PBSS 2013 pageant.
All of the contestants had difficulties responding in the interview segment, including the winner of that category, Second Runner-up Shiwani Massiah, Miss Spring Village.
Some of the contestants hardly got past an introductory clause in their response.
“Because of the crowd, we got a bit nervous and that caused us to buss,” Lavia told reporters of the interviews.
Lavia will go on to represent her constituency at the Miss Rural SVG pageant in Canouan in July, but told reporters she is not yet sure how she will prepare for that pageant.
First Runner-up went to Miss Petit Bordel Osheca Edwards, who also won the Swimwear and Eveningwear categories of the competition.
Edwards’ dress was designed by renowned Vincentian designer Kimon Baptiste, whose designs have won seven eveningwear titles in the Miss SVG Pageant.
Second Runner-up went to Miss Spring Village Shiwani Massiah
Miss Fitz Hughes Moressa Small won the Talent segment of the show, with a hilarious rendition to dancehall and soca beats a song about the use of mobile devices to spread “commess” (gossip).
Saturday’s show, which went straight into j’ouvert, was affected by an incessant drizzle at a time when the country is experiencing a drought that is yet to relent, a full week into the rainy season.
There were a few squabbled among patrons at the pageant, which formed part of North Leeward carnival 2014, which was adjudged by the Carnival Development Corporation as the most improved rural carnival 2013.
The bar operating inside the venue did not adhere to the no glass bottle policy and served some drinks in glass bottles.