Last month the City of Miami Gardens crowned its new queen, Miss Abigail Williams to represent the City in the 2010 Miss Florida pageant and serve as role model for the young women in the City. Miss Williams, along with four other beautiful young ladies competed for the coveted crown on the campus of Florida Memorial University on Saturday evening February 27, 2010.
Miss Williams received a $2,900 scholarship to attend a university in the City of Miami Gardens and she will have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Florida Pageant in July 2010. Williams, wants to utilize her title to promote the arts in the community and encourage other young women that dreams do come true. Janey Tate, first runner up won a $1,000 scholarship and second runner up Angelica Spicer, received a $500 scholarship to round out the scholarships for the competition.
“I want to advocate my platform statement which is arts advocacy,” she said. “I really want to work hard to push for more performing arts programs because I think that it is what we need in the community.” Later this month Ms. Williams, will be formally introduced to a worldclass audience from all over at the City’s 5th Annual Jazz in the Gardens, in addition to making appearances a local hospitals and schools in Miami-Dade County.
The five competing young ladies entertained the crowd with their unique talents, skills and presentations.
Williams danced to the Michael Jackson’s You Rock My World, and Tate sang a stirring rendition of Home, from the musical The Wiz, along with special musical performances by Miss America 2004, Ericka Dunlap, Diva Arts Academy and the Miss Miami Gardens Sunshine Princesses.
This is the 4th year that the City of Miami Gardens has hosted the pageant which is the brainchild of Councilman Melvin L. Bratton to stress education in the community.
The pageant gives young women a positive outlet for healthy competition amongst their peers to achieve a worthwhile endeavor and positive exposure in the community.
Contestants for the Miss Miami Gardens have to be between 17 – 24 years of age, be resident or attend a high school in the City of Miami Gardens.
Young ladies who compete for Miss Miami Gardens must a raise a minimum of $100 from the community to be donated to the Miss America Organization official partner the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children in need.
For more information about Miss Miami Gardens 2010/11, contact Ula Zucker, Events and Media Coordinator at (305) 622-8035