Miss St. Eustatius Kentonea Fortin.
ST. EUSTATIUS–Miss St. Eustatius Kentonea Fortin claimed the title of first runner-up in the Miss International 2019 University Scholarship Pageant in Florida, United States, on Sunday.
The daughter of proud parents Fiena Fortin and Dwayne Lindo is an aspiring psychiatrist majoring in biomedical science and minoring in psychology.
The winner of the competition received a full semester scholarship and the runners-up received variously-valued gifts and prizes.
The pageant hosted by the Caribbean Cultural Exchange Organization allowed the participants to display various cultural aspects of their countries and to bring awareness to an issue or subject matter from the countries represented by permitting each participant to sound a call for action on that issue.
Fortin was chaperoned by her aunt Mercedes Lopes-Spanner, who said her niece stepped out of her comfort zone and took the stage where she skilfully enlightened the audience regarding St. Eustatius by confidently showcasing the island’s beauty, characteristics and other unique cultural elements.
“Her desire to reduce the stigma of domestic violence allowed her to be a voice of influence by extending the message of the Dare to Care campaign beyond our waters,” Lopes-Spanner said. “Kentonea made her island proud. She was phenomenal, she was great and she was excellent.”