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Sheris Paul Crowned ‘Miss Independence’

Business Student Has Big Plans

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NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Sheris Paul was crowned this year’s Miss Independence last Saturday evening at the National Cultural Centre.

Paul edged out her seven fellow contestants, picking up as well the awards for Best Interview, Best Promotional Speech and Best Swimsuit.

The Morne Du Don resident told The VOICE that it was the first pageant she had ever entered. Despite no previous pageant experience, Paul said she hopes to continue blazing the pageant circuit.

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Currently a student at Monroe College where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Paul says she has plans to use her new role to do great things.

“I hope to go on to more community-based (initiatives) to help people as well as pursue my dreams of becoming a philanthropist,” Paul said.

Claire Smartt was first runner-up, winning awards for Best Talent and People’s Choice. Shartoya Jn. Baptiste came in second runner-up position, with Risha Albert placing third runner-up and copping the award for Best Evening Wear.

The other contestants were Charlene Mohammed, Jasmine Peter, CrinelaHippolyte and Samantha Alphonse.

The theme for this year’s pageant was “World Peace – For the Security and Prosperity of our Nation”.

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

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