Angelique Flemming was crowned Miss University of the Virgin Islands 2017-2018 at the 37th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition held Saturday, April 8, at the St. Croix Educational Complex on St. Croix.
Flemming, 19, is a sophomore psychology major. She was born on St. Croix and is attending UVI on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
“While preparing for the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition, the quotes I kept in mind was ‘Do not let anyone define you; and with God, anything is possible.’ After winning the crown I felt honored, privileged, and humbled,” Flemming said. “I hope to accomplish the goals of a UVI ambassador by enforcing the message “increasing enrollment at the university” via my platform Empowering Youth for UVI.”
“I will be actively engaged in the recruitment efforts by visiting the high schools in the Virgin Islands by selling the great story of UVI and its academic programs,” she said.
At Saturday’s competition, Shantee Sookraj was named first runner-up and Nigencia James was awarded second runner-up.
In addition to the UVI crown, Flemming won Best Ambassadorial Presentation and Best Performing Talent. Shantee Sookraj was named Miss Photogenic, Miss Popularity and Most Eloquent/Intellectual Speaker. Best evening wear was awarded to Alexandra Abi-Mikhael.
Flemming ran against five other contestants including:
- Shantee Sookraj - nursing major
- Nigencia James - communication major
- Alexandra Abi-Mikhael - psychology major
- Rachel Arenson – nursing major
Flemming succeeds Che-Raina Warner, Miss UVI 2016-2017. Warner is a senior communications major. Born on St. Kitts, she aspires to become a news anchor/reporter. She used her title to promote her platform, “The Beauty Myth.” Warner still holds the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame crown and is the second Miss UVI to capture this title in three years.
Miss UVI will receive one full year of UVI tuition, including room and board, along with other prizes.
The Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition was presented by the Queen’s Committee of the UVI Student Government Association.