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JCDC Crowns Three Additional Festival Parish Queens

It was a weekend filled with excitement and cultural creativity as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) crowned three more Festival Queens at the St. Ann, Manchester and Trelawny Parish Coronations.

On Saturday, May 10 at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville, eight talented young ladies competed for the title and crown of the 2014 Miss Manchester Festival Queen in an intense battle which saw crowd favourite Deidria Watt walking away with the Miss Manchester title along with sectional prizes of Best Performance, Most Culturally Aware and Community Involvement. Janice Johnson who was also a crowd favourite copped second place and the sectional prize for Most Poised while Scereki Hinds was named 2nd runner-up.   

Also on Saturday, St. Ann showcased a bevy of creative beauties who vied for the title and crown of Miss St. Ann Festival Queen at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios. Sharlene Codner walked away with the Miss St. Ann Festival Queen title and the Most Congenial and Culturally-Aware sectional prizes. The first runner-up is Naresha Jackson and second runner-up Yolandie Baldie.

Mother’s Day (May 11) ended on a high note in Trelawny at the Royalton White Sand Hotel where a tightly contested Show ended with Honica Brown copping the Miss Trelawny Festival Queen 2014 title along with the Best Performance prize. Diamond Gordon was named first runner-up and also won sectional prizes for Most Culturally Aware and Most Active in the Community. Deneisha Bethune was named second runner-up and was also awarded Most Poised.  

Five additional parishes will crown their Queen in May with Portland hosting its Parish Show on Saturday, May 17 at the Port Antonio High School at 8:00 p.m. and Westmoreland on Saturday, May 24 at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall in Savanna-la-mar beginning at 8:00 p.m.  Also on Saturday, May 24, St. Thomas will host its Show at the Colonel Cove in Morant Bay at 8:00 p.m. Finishing the month in fine style will be Kingston and St. Andrew who will crown its Parish Queen on Saturday, May 31 at the Louise Garden Centre at 7:00 p.m. and St. Elizabeth who will host its Coronation also on May 31 at the Alpart Sports Club in Nain at 8:00 p.m.

The 2014 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition is boasting the theme, “Jamaican Women…Shaping our Culture and our Nation”. The Parish Queens will receive cash awards, trophies and gift packages from sponsors which include, Soft Sheen-Carson, Excelsior, Singer, VMBS, Stayfree, Gillete Venus Embrace and Its Really Great Yogurt. 

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