Ashley Gooden reigns as Miss Teen

Miss Teen Cayman contestants and supporters gather on the stage after the crowning of Ashley Gooden, centre. - Photo: Submitted

Bodden Town’s Ashley Gooden, 16, won the Miss Teen Cayman crown Saturday night at the Lions Centre.

Gooden ran on a platform of encouraging girls and women to step up to the plate and dare to try something new.

“I feel that in Cayman, girls tend to shy away from opportunities like this, so I wanted to be the reason someone would go out there and do something. So my life motto has been ‘aspire to inspire,’” Gooden said prior to the competition.

The Bodden Town teen also won Best in Swimwear and the Iliana De La Cruz Community Spirit Award.

As the pageant winner, she will receive a four-year scholarship donated by the Ministry of Education.

She is completing her A-levels at Cayman Prep and High School, and hopes to become a school teacher or child psychologist.

The first runner-up was Monina Thompson, 18, of George Town. Thompson also won the awards for Miss Personality and Best Smile.

Second runner-up was Jada Bodden, 16, of Bodden Town. Bodden also won Most Improved.

Sadé Parchment, 17 of West Bay, was lauded for Academic Achievement, Miss Photogenic and Best in Gown.

Amelia Lamie, 17, of Bodden Town won Best in Talent.