19-y-o crowned Miss Universe Jamaica

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Miss Universe Jamaica 2018 has been crowned.

She is Emily Madison, a past student of Campion College, walked away with the prestigious crown after an intense night of competition at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Friday night.

A crowd favourite, it came as little surprise when her name was announced as winner. She had already won four sectional prizes, including Best in Swimwear, Best in Evening Gown, and Miss Photogenic.

She further won the crowd's approval when her question required her to reveal her best quality, and state how that quality would help her achieve her goals as Miss Universe Jamaica. Opting not to answer with a typical response, Madison said that at 19 years old, her inexperience is perhaps her best quality. She explained that her inexperience allows her to take on each situation she's faced with as a challenge, as she never knows what to expect.

Kayla Smith and Khadejah Anderson gave Madison some stiff competition, as both also did well in the interview segment. Smith, who placed third, takes over the reigns as Miss Intercontinental Jamaica, and Anderson who placed second, will wear the crown of Miss Grand Jamaica. Both will represent Jamaica at the respective global competitions.

Madison will, of course represent Jamaica in the global Miss Universe pageant slated for Bangkok, Thailand, in December.

The highlight performance of the night came from Wayne Marshall, whose gospel song had the entire audience singing word for word.