The Miss World Cayman Islands (MWCI) Organization presented a handover of the 1st and 2nd Runner-up titlesduring a viewing party of the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant held on Wednesday, March 16 at Karoo, Camana Bay after Sydonie Barrett relinquished her title as 1st Runner- up to enable her to take on new opportunities and endeavors.
As a result, 25 year old Alyssa West who was originally MWCI 2nd Runner-up has now assumed the title of 1st Runner-up, and 25 year old Krista Ebanks is now 2nd Runner-up.
“We thank Sydonie for being a part of the Miss World family and wish her the very best in her future endeavors. We know Sydonie will be successful in whatever she takes on in the future,” said Pamela Ebanks-Small, Director of Miss World Cayman Islands and Founder of Girl Power Ltd. as she congratulated the new 1st and 2nd runner ups, stating that she looks forward to continue working with them both.
“I am both honored and excited to take on this new role as Miss World Cayman Islands First Runner Up, and I hope to continue to use the Miss World organization as a platform to give back to the Cayman Islands community and to inspire young women,” said Alyssa West.
“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. I thank every one of you for encouraging and supporting me along the way. I look forward to working with the Miss World Committee again. Once again, a million thanks,” followed Krista Ebanks.
Alyssa West, from George Town, is an Environmental Engineer with an Associate Degree in Science from the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida.
Miss Krista Ebanks, from West Bay, is a Primary School Teacher who holds an Associate Degree (with honors) in Hospitality Management from the University College of the Cayman Islands.
If for any reason Miss World Cayman Islands cannot fulfill her duties, the First Runner-up will take her place. During her tenure, Alyssa will be expected to be in attendance at local events either alongside the current titleholder or in her absence. The second runner-up may also attend events.
During the handover presentation, MWCI Director acknowledged the reigning Queen, Rashana Hydes for her incredible performance during the 70th Miss World pageant. Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, Hydes looked on at her performance on the big screen.
“It was a bit emotional because of course, I wish I could be there completing the experience, but it’s really surreal because I remember the emotions of filming, I was thinking – be myself, have fun and represent my country. It was bittersweet,” said Hydes.
Miss Teen Cayman Islands 2021-2022 Asaiah Thomas and First Runner-up, Kianna Ebanks were also present during the event.
The Miss World Cayman Islands Committee is currently inviting candidates to compete for the 2022 crown and title. Pageant hopefuls must be Caymanian, between the ages of 18 and 26, must not be married, nor borne children; must be confident, intelligent and involved in the community. The deadline to register is noon April 15, 2022. Application forms are available by e-mailing [email protected]