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Jun 16, 2017

From ‘Magnificent Seven’ Who Will Be Next Miss Y?

It’s usually held closer to Mother’s Day, but this year’s Miss Y.W.C.A. pageant will be a Father’s Day affair. Seven “seenagers” will vie for the prestigious title at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. The Association marks sixty-one years and twenty-four for the pageant under the theme Empowering Women in a Changing World. News Five’s Aaron Humes attended the final practice for the contestants on the Bliss stage this afternoon and reports that attendees should be in for a treat, as well as supporting a worthy cause.

 

Jean Cecile Lucas, Contestant

“Good afternoon, I’m Jean Cecille Lucas, and I’m going to sing a song.”

 

Leolin Elizabeth Humes, Contestant

“Good evening everyone, I’m Leolin Elizabeth Humes, and I’m going to do a monologue.”

 

Jennifer Smith, Contestant

“Hello, my name is Jennifer Smith, and I will be doing a monologue.”

 

Eleanor Bailey, Contestant

“Good evening, my name is Eleanor Bailey, and I’m going to say a monologue and I’m dancing.”

 

Anna Marie Murillo, Contestant

“Good evening, my name is Anna Marie Murillo. I’m gonna sing a song.”

 

Fabiana Scott-Rowley, Contestant

“Good afternoon, my name is Fabiana Scott-Rowley. I’m going to dance.”

 

Myrtle McKenzie, Contestant

“My name is Myrtle Rita McKenzie. I’m going to say a poem.”

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

To be part of this Belizean tradition, you can’t be shy. This magnificent seven know they’ve still got it, and weren’t afraid to show off during the final practice for the prestigious Miss Y pageant at the Bliss Center this afternoon. We got a sneak preview of their opening number, a tribute to the late Leela Vernon. Former Miss Y turned pageant trainer Joyce Flowers says they have put in lots of work, but the biggest test comes Saturday night.

 

Joyce Flowers

Joyce Flowers, Pageant Trainer

“I must say they are wonderful women and once they come to us we start with the training; they try their endeavour-best to learn what we train with them, and I think they are ready for tomorrow night.”

 

Reporter

“Now, in terms of the format of the pageant and all of that, talk to us about what those who will come out will be seeing.”

 

Joyce Flowers

“They will be seeing a lovely Leela Vernon dance; these ladies have beautiful talents – from signing to dancing to monologues; you name it, they can do it. And then we have the evening gown section, where they will be beautifully dressed and do their curtsey and there will be a chit-chat section where they will be speaking with our M.C.’s.”

 

Miss Y, according to Association General Secretary Sonia Linares, is an outgrowth of the Y’s senior outreach program. These “seenagers” still have much to offer the young women and men coming up behind them.

 

Sonia Linares

Sonia Linares, General Secretary, Young Women’s Christian Association

“It started with the support of the senior women and with that we continue to make it a ‘seenagers’ affair. We feel that it is so important to showcase our senior women. At the Y they meet on a regular basis, every Wednesday; and it’s amazing to see the energies that they produce while being there, whether dancing, whether socializing. They also bhelp in the area of working with our young girls there because we feel that seniors have so much to contribute in a positive way and to also allow the young people out there – they usually advise them; when we do the pageant, they give them a positive message where we ask that the young people listen and take heed to all the advice they will give them.”

 

As always, the other main purpose of the pageant is to raise funds to continue the Y.W.C.A.’s work.

 

Sonia Linares

“We really look forward because as you know we have a big staff, we have several programs and we have to find funding to pay our staff to maintain the whole upkeep of the Y.W.C.A., and so we look forward to fundraise at least we are hoping ten thousand dollars in profit for the organization, and that helps us to continue pay our staff and maintain all our programs especially the Helping Early Leavers Programme that we have for our young girls. I must say that we are so, so grateful to the business community – they always come out to support the Y, and many of them, if we don’t even call, they call us when they know its Miss Y pageant coming and they donate generously, and we do appreciate that. Not only the business community – even other agencies, even the Government, we seek support so that we can reach our goal at the end of the day.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

Showtime is seven-thirty sharp Saturday night at the Bliss. Tickets remain on sale for fifteen dollars general admission and twenty-five dollars reserved, but they’re going fast. You can get them at the Y’s offices in Belize City and Belmopan and at the Bliss.

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