From the moment she disembarked the aircraft that touched down on the Brac, there was excitement about her visit. Accompanied by organizer Mrs. Derrie Le Dacres and others, the 2021 participant in the Miss Universe pageant MISS MARIAH TIBBETTS, was all smiles and expectancy. Her stay spanned 5 days and was filled with enthusiasm wherever she was present.
Her first stop on Thursday, took her to Creek and Spot Primary Schools. At both the Creek and Spot Bay institutions, she was greeted with ecstatic applause and cheering by the students. One could see the thrill that filled their hearts to interact with Mariah. She fielded a variety of questions from the students, “Is the crown made of real diamonds?”, “How old are you?”, “How many siblings do you have?” One of the amazing features of Mariah’s responses was her ability to give answers that even the juniors could clearly understand. She was bold and mingled beautifully with the students. Mariah also visited the students at the Beacon Center where the special needs students were delighted to meet her. The girls asking to wear her crown was a highlight of the visit. After these stops, Mariah and group then visited District Administration and got a first-hand view of its operations.
On Friday she was the highlight of the assembly at the Layman E. Scott Senior High School. Here again the atmosphere was electric. She again fielded a variety of questions like, “How did you become the winner?” and “What are your plans for the future?” Mariah took the time to explain how the system worked this time during the pandemic. She encouraged the students to never stop learning and always stay focused on their goals and ambitions. Mariah explained to the high-schoolers that hard work and total commitment to their vision comes with rich dividends as it has done for her. However, the talking point of this stop was when she was asked to demonstrate how she does her model walk. It was met with rapturous applause. In return Cayman Brac’s Little Miss and Mister showed that they were capable of emulating Mariah.
West End Primary School was her next stop. The students here were attracted to her crown. As she fielded questions on a variety of topics she also took the time to encourage these younger ones to be attentive in class, read a lot and never forget to do homework. Some of the students desired a photograph with her while others, the girls especially, wanted to try on the crown. On Friday evening there was a public meet and greet event at the Alexander Hotel.
On Saturday and Sunday the entourage visited a number of tourist attractions around the island. On Sunday, they attended worship service at Crossroad United Baptist Church. Here the congregation heard from Mrs. Derrie, as well as, Mariah who was thrilled to be there and to participate in what she called, “a good old fashioned service.”
It was truly a memorable time for the islanders to have been graced with Mariah’s presence.