The world, and double English, beckon for Miss Bermuda
For new Miss Bermuda Katherine Arnfield, returning to the classroom after her coronation still carried an air of unreality.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” the 17-year-old Saltus student told
The Royal Gazette.
Her reception from fellow students was “great — everybody acted the same and said congratulations, which makes me really grateful”, she said.
“I’m the same person, just representing Bermuda.”
Ms Arnfield admitted she still didn’t quite believe her win the night before, at the 2013 Miss Bermuda Pageant.
“I was really shocked — we were hugging each other. It was a dramatic moment with my family crying in the audience and my friends around.”
Phone calls since poured in from family and friends in the UK and around the world.
Leaving her crown at home, this year’s Miss Bermuda started her day with double English class.
Although the next steps on her journey to the Miss World Pageant are still being arranged, Ms Arnfield believes her next task is to present awards at the Island Games.
For now, she looks forward to “being a role model for other girls who want to achieve what I’ve achieved — and promoting Bermuda to the best of my ability.
“I want to tell everybody about Bermuda and how amazing it is.”
Shadow Community Minister Michael Weeks took the occasion to thank Miss Bermuda 2012, Rochelle Minors, for her high standard of service.
Congratulating her successor on behalf of the Progressive Labour Party, Mr Weeks added: “We believe that you will represent Bermuda well on the world stage, and encourage you to use your time as Miss Bermuda to continue serving as a positive role model to Bermudians of all ages.”