In 1962, a pirate ship was shipwrecked off the rocky shore of John
Brewers Bay. Growing weary of the seafaring life, Captain
Paiewonsky and his crew decided to build a fortress atop the hill
overlooking the beach, to bury their treasure. The fortress was
called the College of the Virgin Islands.
Recognizing that the pen is mightier than the sword, the Buccaneers
put aside their swords and picked up their pens to develop the
skills and talents of the citizens of the Virgin Islands.
This year the University of
the Virgin Islands carnival float, which depicts a sunken galleon
amongst the rocks, was constructed by a team of University
volunteers, and was designed and built by Reichhold Center for the
Arts co-director Denise Humphrey.
Sitting pretty atop the sunken ship is the University's queen -
Miss UVI Joneisa Smith shown at left with members of her cohort -
portraying a siren whose charms may have led to the ship's demise.
Her mermaid-like costume consists of an aqua body suit adorned with
sea green sequins at the bodice and a skintight fish tail bottom of
iridescent blue and green squares with a seafoam organza
The Buccaneers on the parade route are the UVI Bucs - members of
the University's basketball team, wearing their UVI Bucs jerseys,
UVI's Mr. Cool Kyza Callwood, and members of the UVI Spirit Squad
of male and female Buccaneers.
The Spirit Squad Lady Buccaneers are wearing tricorn hats, peasant
shirts, a blue jacquard vest with silver sequined trim, black
sateen skirts, and black boots. The Male Buccaneer dancer and mocko
jumbies are wearing tricorn hats, belted black sateen vests, black
cuffs with white lace and dark pants.
These costumes were designed by Denise Humphrey, co-director of the
Reichhold Center, and fabricated by Lisa Durity-Mollineau of
In 2009, Dr. David Hall was appointed the fifth president of the
University of the Virgin Islands. As the newest "captain" of the
UVI "ship", President Hall has charted a new course on the "Quest