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Learning About Our Ancestors Segment, Part 7 – Cherrie Raphaelia Creque, Pioneer

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Cherrie Raphaelia Creque was the only one as Miss Virgin Islands who placed as the Top 15 of Miss Universe 1971 while the very first queen of Virgin Islands was Priscila Bonilla who competed at the Miss Universe 1961 in the United States.

Born on October 11, 1950 to James and Lavida (nee Blyden) Creque, Cherrie was raised on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She started school at the age of 3. During her sophomore year at Sts. Peter and Paul High School, Cherri became a member of the National Honor Society. Upon graduation from high school, Cherrie attended Mercyhurst College In Pennsylvania but transferred to the University of the Virgin Islands. Sadly, her mother passed in the year of 2011.

She was given a career opportunity as a beauty queen and won the titles of Miss Virgin Islands, Miss Universe, and Miss Caribe. During her reign as Miss Virgin Islands, Cherrie represented the USVI on promotional tours and appearances home and abroad. Her traveling experiences encouraged her to pursue a career as a travel agent. 

Cherrie Creque is not just beautiful but articulate as well. The MC, Mr. Bob Barker, had fun during her interview segment. To date, no other woman from the US Virgin Islands has come close to duplicating Cherrie’s feat. 

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