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The quest for Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2007 has begun and in just a few weeks, all 14 parishes would have selected 13 young ladies to represent them at parish coronations island –wide. The shows, scheduled to begin in some parishes on April 28, will see a number of young, talented women between the ages of 18 & 25 vie to wear the sash for their respective parishes. After selection at the parish level, the queens will then move on to participate in a series of development workshops to further groom them for the National competition. Since February 28, the deadline for entries to the competition, young women in each parish have been interviewed and eliminated down to a final set , who have since gone on to participate in a preliminary series of developmental training and grooming sessions. The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, is not intended to be a beauty pageant, nor does it seek to select a beauty queen, rather, the winner of the national competition is selected as a ‘cultural ambassador’ for the Island. The young women are therefore judged according to talent, poise and cultural awareness. Miss Jamaica Festival Queen, in addition to a number of cash and other prizes, will go on to represent Jamaica at a number of cultural and civic events, both nationally and internationally. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, organizers of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has prided itself on the fact that over the years the competition has experienced considerable growth. The competition has attracted over the years ,a number of young, professional qualified and talented young women including queen such as Dr. Taniesha McGhie (past Smile Jamaica presenter), Jennifer ‘Jenny – Jenny’ Small and Sashane McDonald ( lawyer).