Amel Griffith has been crowned the new Miss Jam Zone Queen when the pageant was staged at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday evening. Jasmaine Assanah copped the first runner-up spot, and Omaiah Hall copped the second runner-up spot.
The judges also awarded Amel, who was proudly sponsored by Fireside Suites, winner of the best Fantasy swimwear, best talent, and best National Costume, all designed by Randy Madray.
At the end of the evening’s proceedings, Amel Griffith, as Queen, won herself a motorcar, a trip for two to Arrow Point nature resort, a five-island tour of the Essequibo for two with Wanderlust tours, and several other prizes.
Jasmaine Assanah won the award for best Social Media presence and the Miss Summer Body prize, along with $500,000; while Omaiah Hall copped $250,000 and other prizes.
The Miss Jam Zone Pageant, which has always been tourism-focused, saw the presence of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister Oneidge Walrond; Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwame McCoy; and Speaker of the National Assembly, Manzoor Nadir, who all congratulated the Queen and her court as the curtains came down on the night’s proceedings.
The audience, entertained by Guyana’s finest artists: Calvin Burnett, Nekeita, Akeem Adams, Don Johnson, and the National School of Dance, showed incredible support for the top three contestants, but it all came down to the final question: “What stood out the most to you when you were researching your town?”
The night’s proceedings were judged by Yusuf Khan, Michelle Cole-Wagner, Renee Chester and Ambika Ramraj, who all took the task seriously and handed down their decision in record time.
The Miss Jam Zone pageant is a staple event in the Jam Zone Summer Break festival, which has been hosted for over 20 years by Hits and Jams Entertainment.
The director of the pageant this year, Mr. Wasim Khan, expressed his gratitude to the committee for giving him the opportunity to be part of a well-executed show, and noted that the next event the delegates should look forward to would be the prize-giving ceremony, slated for Friday.