TOBAGO Heritage Personality 2020 is Karicia Morrison of Lambeau. She represented Delecia’s Dance Agency at the pre-recorded show on Saturday night at the Magdalena Grand Hotel and walked away with the Ms Heritage 2020 title, a $25,000 scholarship, and a $10,000 cheque.
On Sunday, Morrison told Newsday she felt grateful and elated at being crowned. She said despite the challenges that came with self-doubt and some low confidence, she rose above these obstacles giving her best performance during showtime.
The show, themed “Tracing Legacies,” was pre-recorded because of covid19 restrictions within the Public Health Ordinance regulations which prohibits large gatherings.
To adapt to the changes brought on by the pandemic and to ensure the show remained alive, the Tobago Festivals Commission made some changes transforming the festival into a virtual gala. The Ms Heritage Personality 2020 show is a part of the Tobago Heritage Festival.
All segments of the Heritage Personality show were recorded on August 29.
The crowning segments were recorded from 4 pm that evening.
The segments included introduction of the queens, talent, evening gowns, question and answer and finally, announcement of the winners.
Newsday was told the top five competed in the talent, gown and question and answer segments but a winner wasn’t chosen. Instead, all five finalists were recorded separately receiving the cheque, a bouquet and the Ms Heritage Personality 2020 sash before being crowned.
On Saturday night, the five were asked to watch the full pre-recorded show to see which clip will be premièred on TV to announce the winner. Morrison, 20, said she was quite shocked when she saw the clip of her being crowned, being aired.
“I was quite overwhelmed with all the hype but I’m very thankful because not without God and not without the support and the help from everyone, including my sponsors, my friends, and my family, would this have been possible.”
Her winning skit for the talent segment was a combination dance and monologue.In addition to the overall title, Morrison also won the Ms Intelligence, Ms Amity and Best Gown Portrayal awards. She said her focus as Ms Heritage is to use her title to empower and encourage young people.
“I’m excited to use the platform I now have to interact more with the youth and engage them in our culture because I too am young and can relate to youngsters,” she said.
MS TOBAGO HERITAGE RESULTS
1st: Karicia Morrison of Delecia’s Dance Agency
2nd: Tiffany Quashie-Williams of Mason Hall Village Council Folk Performers
3rd: Khandelle Smith of Rhythmic Vibrations.
4th: Davina Nelson of Les Coteaux
5th: Shaquan Alleyne of Mt St George Police Youth Club
Ms Intelligence: Karicia Morrison
Ms Amity: Karicia Morrison
Ms Photogenic: Karicia Morrison
Best Talent: Khandelle Smith
Best Gown: Karicia Morrison
Best Designer: Verla Belfon (for Khandelle Smith).