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Busy year for the Miss Cayman pageant

It’s been two months since Monyque Brooks was crowned the new Miss Cayman Islands, and the Miss Cayman committee is going full steam ahead. Within her short reign Miss Brooks has gone into schools to speak with young children, she’s attended the Agriculture Show and events for Cayman Heart Fund, and was interview by entertainer Steve Harvey. Donna Bush, Deputy Chair of the Miss Cayman committee says there are continuous requests for Miss Cayman to participate in other events. While she is busy going out into the community the committee is already making plans for her training for international pageants.

The committee is also making plans for next year’s pageant as well. Plans are in work for the next Meet and Greet with potential new contestants. Derri Dacres-Lee, the Miss Cayman Committee Chair, implores young women interested in participating to carefully review the guidelines. Ms. Dacres-Lee addresses directly the statements released by a past contestant, who says the contestants where not  properly informed of what to expect. Mrs. Dacres-Lee says expectations are listed in the guidelines from the start of the process.

The Miss Cayman Committee is a government appointed committee, and falls under the Ministry of Tourism. The team of 15 all have full time careers and volunteer their time to the pageant. Ms. Dacres-Lee says if you are interested in joining the committee “you really have to have a passion for community service”.

Ms. Bush notes that some in the community my not have a passion , understanding or appreciation of  pageantry, but notes that it’s about empowering young women to be positive role models. “These women do not lose. Only one person wears the crown, but they are all winners in every way. They become better young women” says Ms. Bush.

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Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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