Mya cops Point Fortin Borough Queen title

Eigh­teen-year-old Mya Bartholomew of Aripero Vil­lage, Rousil­lac was crowned Miss Point Fortin Bor­ough Queen 2019.

The Up­per Six pupil of Holy Faith Con­vent, Pe­nal drew a step clos­er to take the ti­tle at the Point Fortin East Sec­ondary School as she ap­peared in each seg­ment of the show last Sat­ur­day.

Each del­e­gate on the night of the show rep­re­sent­ed a Caribbean coun­try. Bartholomew rep­re­sent­ed Do­mini­ca.

The pe­tite queen said she en­tered the pageant feel­ing like “an un­der­dog” giv­en her slim, slen­der physique when com­pared to the oth­er girls in the pageant.

De­spite Bartholomew’s dilem­ma she man­aged to al­so se­cure the Best Physique spe­cial prize seg­ment.

Bartholomew who as­pires to be a pae­di­a­tri­cian said: “I did not go in­to the com­pe­ti­tion ex­pect­ing to win but for the ex­pe­ri­ence. I felt like an un­der­dog be­cause I was the small­est girl on the show. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence though. It boost­ed my con­fi­dence and it helped me grow. There are big­ger shows like Miss Trinidad and To­ba­go, Miss World, that there is a pos­si­bil­i­ty that I may want to chal­lenge my­self some time in the fu­ture.”

Bartholomew said this was the first big pageant she had en­tered, and re­ferred to a school pageant she en­tered in 2016 and won.

She al­so walked away with Best Pre­sen­ta­tion, Miss In­tel­li­gence and Best Tal­ent prizes, at the Point Fortin pageant.

In the ques­tion and an­swer seg­ment, Bartholomew was asked: “With­in Re­cent years the re­quire­ments to open new bank­ing ac­counts, es­pe­cial­ly busi­ness ac­counts has be­come more com­pli­cat­ed. Do you be­lieve that such com­pli­ca­tions may de­ter po­ten­tial young en­tre­pre­neurs from start­ing their own busi­ness or do­ing busi­ness the prop­er way?”

She re­spond­ed: “No, while the re­quire­ment may seem chal­leng­ing, be­ing a young en­tre­pre­neur re­quires per­se­ver­ance, dri­ve and de­ter­mi­na­tion. Young en­tre­pre­neurs must ap­pre­ci­ate the need for rules and reg­u­la­tions which gov­erns busi­ness­es. These re­quire­ments are put in place to pro­tect busi­ness­es to en­sure trans­paren­cy and en­cour­age in­vestors, all of which ben­e­fits the young en­tre­pre­neur.”

Bartholomew’s an­swer prompt­ed ap­plause from the au­di­ence. First and sec­ond run­ners up were Teni­ka Grif­fith and Akee­nia Sin­clair, re­spec­tive­ly.

 - Story & photo by Inniss Francis