CARLA Minto-Drummonds was crowned Miss Flagship 2018 to thunderous applause in a glittering ceremony at the Conference Centre, Sandals Montego Bay, on Friday evening.
From the moment she took the stage, Minto-Drummonds had the audience eating out of her hands, with her intelligence, grace and charm and when master of ceremonies Dahlia Harris announced her as winner, the place literally erupted.
“I am feeling so blessed to be crowned Miss Flagship. This is indeed a dream come true,” she said, shortly after being sashed and crowned by Sandals Montego Bay General Manager Carl Beviere and Hotel Manager Dawn Smith.
The new queen, who is assigned to the Loyalty Department, also won the sectional prize for the Most Talented Contestant. Her prize purse includes a six-day, five-night stay for two at any overseas Sandals property, inclusive of airfare; a Sandals Corporate University Scholarship —Course Certification from the American Hospitality Educational Institute, $25,000 and a smart television set.
First runner-up Kerri-Dee Johnson from the Front Office was another crowd favourite. She adjudged the Most Aware Contestant. Her prizes includes a four-day, three-night stay at any local Sandals property, $10,000, and a microwave.
Placing third was Jessica Riley from The Red Lane Spa, the winner of the People's Choice Sectional Award. She received a day pass for four at any Beaches/Sandals local property, a toaster oven, $5,000 and gift certificate from Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records.
Other sectional prize winners were: Best Smile, Shandell Buchanan; Most Congenial, Jessica Riley; and Best Recycled outfit, Trishanna Coleman.
One of the contest's highlights was the section featuring Recycled Wear, where contestants exceeded expectations with a sensational array of creations, ranging from plastic cups, straws, newspapers and garbage bags. The audience erupted at the unveiling of each design, with the dress made from plastics and plastic cups by Coleman topping the field.
Contestants appeared on stage in casual, sports, recycle and evening wear. They displayed intelligence and poise during their introductions, while the top five finalists equipped themselves quite well in answering questions posed by the master of ceremonies.
Entertainment, in the form of excellent song and dance, was provided by the team from Sandals Montego Bay, while the event was co-ordinated by The Sandals Montego Bay Sport and Social Club.