On December 10th, 2017 representatives from the Miss Earth International Pageant visited Gran Pacifica to help clean up trash along the beach. Alongside the Miss Earth contestants were many Gran Pacifica residents including: Becky Niklas, Lyn Sunderman, Kelly McInturff, and Holly Wilson. In total, 12 bags worth of plastic bottles and other trash were collected from the beach at Gran Pacifica.
The Miss Earth International contestants are committed to service projects around the world, with a particular focus on projects related to conservation and preservation of the natural environment, as well as education about the importance of caring for the environment. Gran Pacifica was delighted to host these young women and have them participate in environmental projects on the property. Gran Pacifica’s Social Responsibility coordinator, Holly Wilson, had the opportunity to speak with many of the women about their experience in the Miss Earth International Pageant and their reasons for participating in this particular pageant.
The current Miss Earth USA, Andreia Gibau, from Massachusetts, said “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It makes me appreciate all the impact I can have on other people’s lives, and I get to travel to amazing places like Nicaragua”. Miss Gibau has been participating in various pageants for the last three years, but Miss Earth is the most fulfilling because of its focus on protecting the environment and preserving our planets natural resources.
Another first-time visitor to Nicaragua was fifteen-year old Miss Junior Miss USA, Angel Strong from Nebraska. Strong said that she loves the people and culture of Nicaragua and that this has been a very well-rounded experience. While at Gran Pacifica, she said that she missed the internet, but “It is giving me a view outside of my comfort zone”.
Nathalie Borgella, who represents New England in the Miss Earth completion, also joined the group in their beach cleanup efforts. Nathalie said that when she is home in New York, she works with a local science teacher and their class on a tree planting project in addition to helping restore and clean parks and open space. Nathalie said that she loves Nicaragua and appreciates the good spirit and faith of the people here.
In addition to cleaning up the beaches at Gran Pacifica, the Miss Earth contestants and Gran Pacifica residents enjoyed the many amenities available at Gran Pacifica – delicious food and drinks from SeaSalt Restaurante, lounging at the pool, and horseback riding through the property.
Prior to their visit to Gran Pacifica, the contestants worked alongside Amanda Sowards of World Mission Outreach to help plant trees and teach sustainable gardening practices in Nicaragua. The group also included: Leslie Jackson (Teen Miss Earth USA), Allie Graziano (Miss Earth Michigan), Lindsay McVety, and Satta Ektrakul.
Gran Pacifica Resort will be happy to have them back and wishes them all success!
To learn more about Miss Earth International Pageant, go to: http://www.missearthunitedstates.com/2017delegates