Kimberly Clarke is Miss Waterford High


May 26, 2016
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer A section of the audience
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Monique Grossett being serenaded
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer The contestants perform the opening act
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Monique Orcenad gets dramatic during her talent piece
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Newly crowned Miss Waterford High, Kimberly Clarke, gives the 'queen wave'.
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Kimberly Clarke, (centre) Newly crowned Miss Waterford High, is flanked by her first runner-up Petiona Williams (left) and third place Julisa Briscoe
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Eventual winner Kimberly Clarke, doing a piece which woner her the Most Talented award
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Second runner-up Julisa Briscoe sings from the heart

Kimberly Clarke is Miss Waterford High

Sixteen-year-old beauty Kimberly Clarke, walked away with the Miss Waterford High crown after beating eight other worthy opponents during the grand coronation show on the school grounds in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.

Apart from being first, Kimberly was also voted as Most Congenial, Most Talented and Most Aware. First runner-up, Petiona Williams, won three sectional awards for Best Gown, Most Poised,\\ and Most Intelligent. Second runner-up went to Julisa Briscoe, while Jahlene Dawes won Best Smile.

Kimberly's sponsors, White Enterprise Foundation, headed by president, Kevin A White and vice-president Tricia E White, were elated by her success. "Kimberly was originally recognised in January 2016 for her top in class achievement and the foundation stayed in contact with her and on recognition of her wish to pursue the pageant. The foundation surprised her with sponsorship and did all we could to pull her through the process and she really excelled, won numerous categories, and then came out the (overall) winner," Kevin said.

Coordinators Marsha Parabu and Kelly Ann Bernard, who are also teachers at the school are the heart and soul of the pageant.

"It's the third staging of the pageant, and I think the planning went well and everything was well executed. The decoration was beautiful, thanks to our decorator Marcia McPherson," said Parabu. "Miss Waterford is not a beauty pageant, it's a way of uplifting and motivating the young ladies of the institution. We engage them in grooming and etiquette sessions, speech and general deportment. They were exposed to formal dining at Jewels, Port Henderson Road, interview with SunCity Radio, photoshoot at Emancipation Park, and a historical tour of Devon House Great House."

The contestants walked away from the experience with life-long lessons. "It was a tremendous experience," one contestant told THE STAR. "I was once shy and the pageant assisted my self-confidence, and my whole demeanour has changed."

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