Marisha Thompson is Miss San Pedro 2016-2017
Monday, September 5th, 2016
San Pedro selected a new beauty ambassador, and she is 16-year-old Marisha Thompson. On Saturday, September 3rd, Thompson captivated and charmed the judges and audience during the 2016 Miss San Pedro Pageant.
The show began promptly at 8PM at the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Complex where hundreds of island residents were in attendance. After the Belize National Anthem was sung, a fun dance number by past Miss San Pedro queens opened the stage. They were followed by the six contestants taking centre stage to introduce themselves. Eiden Salazar Jr., expertly transitioned each segment of the evening’s show.
Competing for the coveted title were Heidi Sorto, Karina Requena, Marleni Diaz, Beverly Rodriguez, Marisha Thompson, and Lisandra Novelo. During their introductory segment, each contestant they shared a little about themselves and their aspirations in life. With poise, beauty and elegance they provided yet another memorable show.
As they retreated to get ready for their first official segment, Grupo Crash from El Salvador entertained the audience. Their Latin dances were infused with Central American moves, and they performed many numbers across a variety of music genres.
After Grupo’s Crash spectacular performance, it was time for the costumes. One by one, each contestant graced the stage, modelling their elaborate costumes. Each candidate presented a theme colour, which was tied in to Belize’s rich natural resources, from the country’s rich flora, coral and marine wealth, to its national symbols. The young ladies also proudly spoke of the different attributes that makes Belize unique and beautiful. The crowd applauded loudly in support their favourite contestant as each slipped to get ready for the next segment.
The competition was fierce, and the evening’s judges were being charmed from the get-go. Janine Salazar, Findley Holliday, Vito Herrera, Joyjah Estrada, and Cindy Staines, certainly had their hands full, as each candidate clearly did her best to impress them.
After an intermission presentation by Grupo Crash, the young ladies modelled their swimwear, fuelling much applause from the audience. They then transitioned to the most anticipated part of the show: the evening gown segment. Each candidate awed the crowd with their stunning gowns, shinning onstage like true superstars. The shiner of the dresses added to the glitz and glamour of the event, further compounded by the bright smiles of the young beauties.
The final part of the pageant was at hand; the all-important question and answer segment. in a change from previous years, judges picked the questions for the contestants, challenging them with questions related to law, social media, arts, education, peer pressure, tourism and politics. Each young lady enthusiastically answered their questions to the best of their ability, with the audience applauding and encouraging them. While the judges took a moment to tally their votes, Grupo Crash gave their performance.
Outgoing Miss San Pedro Iris Salguero took her final walk and speech, thanking the entire community for their support during her reign, and wishing her successor the best in her endeavours as the island’s ambassador.
Immediately after Salguero’s last appearance on stage, Eiden Salazar took to the stage to announce the winners for the titles of Miss Photogenic, which went to Marleni Diaz, and Miss Congeniality, which went to Karina Requena. First runner-up was Lisandra Novelo, who would take up the duties of the winner in the event that she cannot participate.
To the beat of drumrolls, and to thunderous applause your new Miss San Pedro 2016/2017 is, Marisha Thompson! After being sashed and presented with her bouquet, she tearfully and joyfully thanked everyone for their support.
The official coronation will take place on Saturday, September 10th during the first of the patriotic festivities for our September Celebrations. The San Pedro Sun joins the entire community in congratulating Marisha Thompson and all the other contestants for their wonderful performance.
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