History was made when Jamaica's first Miss Deaf Jamaica queen was crowned.
Out of a field of eight energetic and talented contestants who represented Kingston, St Catherine, May Pen and St Ann, Miss Spanish Town, Cassandra Whyte walked away with the coveted title, as well as the sectional award for Best Personality. First runner-up was Miss Portmore, Kadrieka Thomas while second runner-up was Miss South Kingston, Toneika Kidd.
Miss St Andrew, Kimberly Brown won the Best Smile honor while Miss West Kingston, Yakera James copped the award for Best Walk.
Cassandra Whyte will signify Jamaica for the first time at the annual Miss Deaf World and Miss Deaf International events in Europe and the United States respectively, come July 2011. The winners of each event will turn into ambassadors for the deaf community worldwide.
Among her prizes, the recently crowned Miss Deaf Jamaica, Cassandra Whyte, was presented with a one-year gym membership, valued at $60,000, to the Spartan Health Club by the general manager, Dr Terri-Karelle Reid, along with prizes from other major sponsors like Purity Bread, Island Grill and Red Stripe.
The event was organised by Rian Gayle, chairman of Miss Deaf Jamaica (MDJ). Gayle, who is deaf himself, pointed out that this organization is more than just a beauty pageant.
The winner was crowned by Kerry Moxam, 1st runner-up in the 2010 Miss Jamaica World Pageant and 8th place finalist in the 2010 Miss Intercontinental Contest just held in the Dominican Republic.