UPDATE: Miss Dominica not successful at Caribbean Culture Pageant

The contestants stand by the newly crowned Sangrena Harris, Miss Caribbean Culture for a photo op. Photo credit: Nevispages.com

Marcia Baptiste failed to capture the Miss Caribbean Culture title or secure a place last night at the Cultural Complex in Charlestown, Nevis.

The Miss Dominica Queen competed in the pageant against 10 contestants from across the Caribbean region. She won the Best Evening Wear Award.

Sangrena Harris of Anguilla won the Miss Caribbean Culture title and the Best Interview Award with 1422 points. Keda Lou-Ann Pascall of Trinidad & Tobago copped the first runner-up position and Miss Amity Award with 1369 points; Lanien Blanchette of St. Kitts is the second runner-up with 1303.5 points, while Tanika Walton of Barbados won the third runner-up position with 1013 points.

The awards for Best Promotional Video and Miss Photogenic went to Miss St. Maarten, Marjorie Cortico-Ramirez; Masinda Nisbett who represented host country, Nevis won the Best Swimsuit Award and Miss Montserrat, Sherylene Dyer won the Best Performing Talent Award.

The other contestants were Miss Antigua, Delicia Pownall and Marcellina Ventura of St. Croix.

Baptiste, who is the reigning Miss Caribbean World, will contest her last pageant at the 49th Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show on July 30, 2010 at the Antigua Recreation Grounds.

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  1. Anonymous 2
    September 26, 2010

    All the people commenting about Marcia wearing the same dress – could you not have raised some funds to buy her one. in a competion one must loose and one must win – every one cannot be a winner – then it would not be a competion.

    be satistified – she belong to us.
    Marcia hold you head up high with what you got.

  2. writer
    August 5, 2010

    @Freaky Deaky: mmmmmmmm how big your mouth is about our intelligent and beautiful queen. Can you even do half of what she has done so far? Were you one of her “SPONSORS” she so desperately needed and did not get? Why must you be so negative. Go and get a chill pill and sip on some positive vibes. There is much to be seen and experience with this young lady. Watch out and you will see her unfold.

    Keep up the great job that you are doing Marcia representing Dominica! We love you no matter what, and we know that competition is stiff. Just keep your head up high and do not worry with low minded and negative people like Freaky Deaky.

    P.S. The name alone says their story. How sad and embarassing it must be for them to live up to such a name whilst you are a true queen at heart. GO MARCI!!!! muah hugs and kisses.

  3. charmer
    August 1, 2010

    @Anguilla Observer (K.K.): I agree totally – We need to appreciate the little things, hence encouraging others for future pageants.

  4. Zang
    July 29, 2010

    sakwe garce buy her one! you know how much a dress like that costing? Chewps!!!

  5. silly
    July 29, 2010

    @behind people’s man:

    Thank God for that same gown – it allowed her to capture the award for “best evening wear”.

  6. Anguilla Observer (K.K.)
    July 29, 2010

    It may be none of my business commenting on this forum. I recently came across this article and decided to read it.

    I have a few comments to make with respect to the article and the comments made thereafter.

    With respect to the article: I found that the scripting is reflective of some modes of irresponsible journalism. For instance, the title of the article is in VERY poor taste. The title reads: “UPDATE: Miss Dominica not successful at Caribbean Culture Pageant”

    How about? “Miss Dominica captures Best Evening Wear at Caribbean Culture Pageant” or “Dominica well represented at Miss Caribbean Culture in Nevis”

    As Caribbean people we have never been trained with the ability to appreciate small gains. What is this go hard or go home? Nonsense! The title of this articla is in poor taste and sets the tone for the rest of the article. For example, the first line in the article reads: “Marcia Baptiste failed to capture the Miss Caribbean Culture title or secure a place last night at the Cultural Complex in Charlestown, Nevis.”

    Together, these reviews do not represent the appreciation THAT WE SHOULD HAVE for our ambassadors. Even if you want to say Marcia did not win… have we all not heard about giving the good news before the bad? There are MANY ways in which we can relay bad news.

    For instance, “Although Marcia was unable to bring back the crown to Dominica, observers at the Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant noted that Marcia continued to display a high-level performance that Dominicans witnessed when she won miss Dominica last year. Out of a field of 10 contestants, Marcia was able to secure the title of Best Evening Wear – truly a great feat.”

    What was SOOO hard in focusing on highlighting the HARD WORK of this contestant? I would agree if Marcia was totally unprepared, took her duties at whim and totally embarrassed Dominica. This is not the case. This article was written in poor taste. Could this article not just congratulate Marcia and wish her well for Miss Jaycees? As a matter of fact the article doesn’t even begin to congratulate Marcia. Who ever is writing this article clearly knows NOTHING about pageantry. Lucky for the author of this article, his or her name is not attached to this piece of literary irresponsibility. Articles like these are why fewer and fewer women are turning out to enter pageants, as if the negative reviews of the public aren’t enough. I challenge the author of this article NOT TO DO THIS AGAIN. As a matter of fact DominicaNews should rescript this. Obviously the person who wrote this article is not an educated or trained journalist. There is no consideration of the potential effects of the contents of the article nor does it reflect a needed change in perspective. i do not hold myself out to be a journalist. I am lawyer by profession. But come na man… DominicaNews, you could have done MUCH better than this.

    There are so many creative designs and designers out there that it is VERY difficult to secure best evening wear. It is difficult to secure best evening wear on a national level, on a regional level it is even HARDER. Every pageant is a new challenge. Personally, I hated Marcia’s dress at Caribbean World… but then I saw it live when I watched the Caribbean Culture show in Nevis, at it was only then, that I could appreciate the true beauty of that dress. Though it fit her like a glove, I thought it was horrid, but now, I appreciate the beauty of this dress. Good Job Marcia! I support Miss Anguilla 100%. She is my home girl and personal friend of mine. I’ve also helped to train her (thank God she won interview). But that aside, I just want to acknowledge the hard work of Marcia and vindicate the author of this article. What is your purpose?

    Unfortunately, Marcia has an unrealistic standard to live up to (leandra and the other chick, was it Marah Walter/Watters – don’t remember) but every year there are new competitors with different strengths and weaknesses. We need to evaluate Marcia’s contribution to the representation of Dominica overseas in this light. Dominica, Marcia did well!

    Dominicanews, how is this article responsible journalism? How is this contributing to changing negative perceptions in our communities. Don’t you feel responsible for Freaky Deaky’s comment on this article? Because you should feel responsible. It gave that negative individual all the room he or she needed to vindicate Marcia.

    Freaky Deaky said:

    “It’s time to cut our losses with this Queen! When Kayan failed we bashed her but you people in here saying positive things. Talk about double standards. Let’s move on and tell Marcia thanks for her services – she’s nothing more than inconsistent at best! Get you on a high and bring you back down! At least we know Kayan stood for and what to expect from her i.e. her best at all times!”

    Dominicanews, you should feel responsible for this. Again, I challenge you not to do this AGAIN.

    Again, I am not dominica. I am 100% behind Miss Sangrena Harris, Miss Anguilla… BUT I DO NOT appreciate what Dominicanews has produced. It is not only a problem in Dominica but throughout the Caribbean.

    If you want guidance on how a responsible reporting of such an event should have been effected read Suelika N. Creque’s article on the Miss Caribbean Culture Pagaent at http://www.sknvibes.com/pep/NewsDetails.cfm/14816.

    Suelika is a model and writer by profession. Also a former beauty queen, her reporting of the events reflect the realities of pageant life. Note how responsible that article was written. It did not say “Miss Saint Kitts not successful at Caribbean Culture Pageant” instead the title read, “Anguilla Captures Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant; St. Kitts Places second runner-up”.

    Don’t do this again Dominicanews. You may think that I am being dramatic. But the person that has written this article doesn’t clearly has a little consideration about the many nights of practice that have to be endured, how many torturous days at the gym. These contestants have to do a lot of work!

    Again, I direct your attention to another article that reads: “Miss Montserrat Sherylene Dyer wins Talent Segment in Culture Pageant” see http://www.gov.ms/?p=2988.

    Miss Montserrat, like Marcia did not place but she won the talent segment, the segment at carried the most points, 60 points. Read the article about Miss Montserrat and MAYBE you will understand why I am very upset with what you have produced. There is no sense of pride in this article. not a scintilla.

    We can’t keep doing this to our representatives.


    K.K. of Anguilla.

    • So we stay
      July 2, 2011

      k K is so we stay,from top to bottom ,we are downright negative,if you read most of the news onDNO they always take such slant.If they don’t like you , they can’t help it to be nice.this is the bad state this country is in,people can’t put there differences aside,and rally behind the Spear of the occasion.They can’t seems to expect or accept alost in a contest and move on with dignity is a tear down or distructiion that would give them satisfaction.Again I am glad you could stay from the outside and see that so clear.I hope DNO can take the positive vibes from your comment.Thank You .

  7. July 28, 2010

    We cannot be on top in everything. Some people are very rich but they are not physically, healthy. Other people are very poor but they are as strong as horses. Life in this world insists that we win some and lose some. Let us be thankful that our beautiful girl won for us in the Miss Caribbean world contest. She was placed second runner-up in the contest before this one. It would be foolish to think that there are not other beautiful and talented young woman who can surpass Marcia Baptiste.

    I would have agreed with Anonymous about her wearing the same evening wear at all those contests, but she is still winning the Evening Wear Award. However the judges might have been in contact with most of her other contests, like talent and verbal expression, for example. And if she has been using the same materials from the Carnival Contest it is quite possible that the essence of those materials is now washed away from the taste of the judges. Materials which they may not have been in contact would probably be more appealing to them. But I am just searching for answers, I am not deciding on anything, since I do not qualify to do so.

    All we need to do for our Marcia or any young person who represents us in that way, is to continue to let them know that we appreciate them as our representatives. For me, it does not matter if Marcia never win another contest, she is young, beautiful, and talented. She shows herself to be the perfect role model for our young women of Dominica, and for that reason, I am satisfied with her.

    May the grace of God continue to remain with young women like Marcia Baptiste. And I give thanks to God that she is one of us, Dominicans.

  8. Zang
    July 28, 2010

    She is still our Ms. Dominica. She is not there to prove herself to you any more. She did it on our soil and won your vote as queen. She is now our ambassador and does so beautifully. It just so happens that each time she does represent us its under much stress…competition. Its not a cocktail where she sits and drinks wine and just look pretty.

    Now if WE

  9. behind people's man
    July 28, 2010

    Papa…she desperately needs a new dress. She wears the same dress to every competition. Dress no longer has impact it used to have. No wonder you cannot win another competition. LOL

  10. July 28, 2010

    You did well. Just hold your head, heart and positivity at a high. Keep your nerves under control and you should be good to go. Remember the techniques and use them. From your assistant chaperone back home. you know me lol. hold dem

  11. July 28, 2010

    @Dominican Writers: Who are you? Where are hte details?? This comment is a bi confusing. Is this serious or a comment just thrown in the wind.

  12. Freaky Deaky
    July 28, 2010

    It’s time to cut our losses with this Queen!

    When Kayan failed we bashed her but you people in here saying positive things. Talk about double standards.

    Let’s move on and tell Marcia thanks for her services – she’s nothing more than inconsistent at best! Get you on a high and bring you back down!

    At least we know Kayan stood for and what to expect from her i.e. her best at all times!

  13. Perseverance
    July 28, 2010

    For the next pageant I think you should modify your talent and do it like the talent u did in Da. Do a research on the politic of the country that you are performing and include the issues in the talent like the one I heard u did in Da. I found in SVG it (talent) needed a little “meat”. The concept was very good though. Other than that I found that u performed very well. You looked very lovely.

    Leandra included the name of a popular DJ in SVG and it really took the crowd by surprise and I am sure it did the same to the judges.

  14. Gingy
    July 28, 2010

    Still a good job Marcia. Best of luck and success for your other competitions. You are our Queen no matter what.

  15. Very Concerned
    July 28, 2010


    If you were a person who are an avid pageant observer you would recognize that utilizing the dresses/costume/talent etc from previous is quite acceptable. It is expensive to purchase several pieces of attire for these shows. Many of the countries do this so do not limit this to Ms. Dominica Marcia or to the sponsors…EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE PASSING JUDGMENT. P.S I am not from Dominica

  16. Interested
    July 28, 2010

    @Dominican Writers: hey i am interested

  17. HmmHmm
    July 28, 2010

    Did you all read the story? She did not even place…let’s hope for better things in Antigua.

  18. Anonymous
    July 28, 2010

    @Dominican Writers:
    i am interested

  19. sally water
    July 28, 2010

    Sorry about the last contest…we behind u grl…Doh worry bout the haters. Jah guide and protect. All the best in the upcoming Pagent. possie behind u grl

  20. Anonymous
    July 28, 2010

    Why is Marcia wearing the same gown she won Miss Dominica. Is the Carnival Committe or her sponsor unable to purchase our king with new outfits for every contest or is this the norm

  21. contributor
    July 28, 2010

    good try. do not give up you are and will always be queen! God bless

    July 28, 2010

    how is it possible to contact u. where is the contact info

  23. July 28, 2010

    wishing you all the best.

  24. July 28, 2010

    Hello, we need some Dominican natives who would be interested in contributing travel guides for Dominica. This can promote tourism for the island. If anyone interested or if you know someone who would be interested in writing travel guides for tourists, please contact me.

  25. Salisbury Princess
    July 27, 2010

    Dominica queen marcia getting the crown or she must place,good luck…..

  26. wow
    July 27, 2010

    We are proud of you, keep up the good work.

  27. kimrah
    July 27, 2010

    good luck miss marcia

  28. Princess
    July 27, 2010

    congrats, God’s blessings

  29. possie
    July 27, 2010

    gooooooo marciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa………..i kno u cannn do it girl…have faith n do ur best!!

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