“Oh! She’s so beautiful!” exclaimed the children as they interacted with Kadeija Bodden, Ms. Cayman Universe 2019-2020. She arrived on the Brac to a congenial reception by those on hand to welcome her and her entourage.
She made a number of stops on the island but none were more exciting and rewarding to her than visiting the schools. Her first stop was at the West End Primary School. The moment the students got a glimpse of her there was great excitement. Tall and carrying that admirable gait, s00he addressed the students in the auditorium. She fielded a number of questions from them. They were allowed to try on her crown, and even showed her a few dance movements to the rhythm of the steel pan. She then took a photo with all the students.
From here she stopped next at the High School. She was greeted with lots of, “waws!” as she entered the dining area of the school. Speaking to a large number of high schoolers she encouraged them to work diligently towards their dreams, and not to be distracted by petty stuff. She also enlightened them about the necessity to be determined and devoted in all their endeavours. When asked whom she will consider as her greatest motivators, she responded with a convincing smile, “my parents.”
Her next stop was the Creek and Spot Bay Junior School. The moment she entered the dining hall these little ones began cheering and waving at her. Most of them were so excited that they could hardly wait to hear her speak. In response to a question about how she became a queen she replied, “I had to compete against other girls.” She then shared with them her experience so far and was happy to be amongst them.
Her final stop for the evening was the Senior school of Creek and Spot Bay Primary. As she entered the compound you could hear the buzz of excitement amongst the students. As she entered the dining hall, they clapped wildly as she strolled in. She shared with them how happy she was to be amongst them, as she herself once sat as a primary school student on Cayman Brac. She told them that she enjoyed attending school and that they should enjoy their time as well. She fielded a number of questions from the students that at times had her taken aback by their knowledge of pageants. In fact, many of the girls expressed their desire to become a Miss Cayman one day.
Her trip to the Brac concluded on Sunday morning as she and her entourage took in the Service at Crossroad United Baptist Church. Senior Pastor, Joel Scott Senior, gave them a warm welcome. In addressing the congregation she said, “the welcome here was unbelievable, and was looking forward to enjoying the service.” At they exited the sanctuary she declared heartily, “I will never forget this moment.”