(ZIZ News) — 18 year old Neila Jones became the first representative of Nevis to capture the Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen title when she wowed the judges at the 36th edition of the pageant, on Tuesday.
Jones scored 723 points to secure the top spot, picking up the award for Best Theatrical Appearance along the way.
Following her coronation, she spoke with ZIZ News about the pageant and said “although we had not been able to capture a crown, we did tonight and I would just like to let everyone know that we small but we tallawah.”
Jones said she remained confident throughout the pageant and was most pleased with her performance in the Theatrical Appearance.
While speaking on the level of competition from the other contestants, she said “I believe that although they didn’t capture the crown they did an exceptional job and by coming out here and representing their country, they did an exceptional job and that in itself is a success.”
Miss Dominica, Lecresha Wallace, placed First Runner-up with 718 points while Miss Grenada, Aina Cenac, amassed a total of 717.5 points and placed Second Runner-up. Miss Grenada also won the Interview segment.
The Best Evening Wear award went to Miss United States Virgin Islands, Akira Pickering-Haynes and Miss Anguilla, Jovoncia Proctor, won the Talent segment.
Miss Jamaica, Jenelle Baldie won the Miss Photogenic award.
This year’s pageant fielded nine contestants with other representatives coming from Barbados, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.