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DE GOUT SMITH IS V.I. AMERICAN CLASSIC WOMAN

Ruth DeGout Smith of St. Thomas was chosen U.S.V.I. American Classic Woman 2000 at a talent- and fun-filled pageant Sunday evening at the Palms Court Harbourview Hotel. Carol Tuohy, also of St. Thomas, was awarded first runner-up, and Shirley Thomas from St. Croix was second runner-up. Medina Aska and Lucyleta Smith were the other contestants.
The pageant also honored Edwin A. Davis, former station manager of the Emancipation Garden Post Office, as Classic Man of the Year. He was chosen for his many community service contributions 0 — among them, arranging the choreography for the seniors pageants.
A full house willingly enjoyed four hours of entertainment by the contestants; singers Angelita Jennings, Chevonne Richards, Pat Edwards and Leroy "Sonny" Davis; dancers from the Inferno Troupe and the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers; and fashion shows presented by models from Feathers 'N' Flair. Debra Brown-Roumo was the mistress of ceremonies.
DeGout Smith's talent was the dramatic presentation of a poem about island culture that she wrote complete with a steelpan solo. She is the retired former administrator of the V.I. Criminal Victims Compensation Commission, a division of the Human Services Department.
As U.S.V.I. American Classic Woman, she will represent the territory in the national pageant in Wilmington, Del., in September.

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