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The ninth Miss Virgin Islands Scholarship Pageant took place last week at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.

The contestants competed in such categories as fitness, talent and evening wear.

A sizable crowd which included residents of REAL ESTATE ST CROIX turned up to watch the contestants compete for an opportunity to attend the national pageant, and receive scholarship funds.

The format was different this year as the entire preliminary took place in one afternoon, and as the day drew to a close, Aniska Tonge was crowned Miss Virgin Islands.

“We were guided by the financial crisis in the territory. The first challenge to the board was a time for the format that would be easier financially for us and contestants,” said Cynthia Jerry, president of the board and chief executive officer of the contest.

Education was indeed a relevant topic amongst the contestants, as the majority of their platforms dealt with reaching out to youth through education. All Miss Virgin Islands winners have completed high school and gone on to pursue higher education.