Aniska Tonge

Aniska Tonge, the daughter of Marigot natives Frankie Jefferson Tonge and Venessa Yvonne Rolle, has been crowned Miss Virgin Islands 2012.

The pageant took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

She competed on the platform ‘Building Self-Esteem in Young Women through Education and Pageantry’.

Winning the crown paves the way for her to represent the Virgin Islands in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January 2013.

21-year-old Tonge graduated from theĀ  University of North Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and plans to attend Barry University in Miami for graduate studies. She will pursue a Masters Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mass Communication because she wants her platform to be her ‘job’.

She said it is her intention to continue to reach out to young women and encourage them to always pursue their dreams in a big way.

She believes that success can only be achieved through hard work, determination and a strong belief in one’s ability.