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It was a parade of cultural awareness, poise and eloquence as “Miss Friendship” Lamoya James was proclaimed Miss Trelawny Festival Queen 2011 during the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Coronation Show, held at the Breezes Resort and Spa in Falmouth on Sunday, May 8th. The18 year old crowd favourite and Montego Bay Community College student also walked away with the sectional prize for ‘Most Culturally Aware’ and will go on to represent the parish at the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation Showscheduled for Sunday, July 16.

Odette Hawthorne 21 year old, a Nature Adventure Specialist who wore the sash “Miss Deeside” was crowned 1st runner up. Whilst, “Miss Falmouth”, 18 year old Carla Minto was crowned 2nd runner up and also received the award for Most Active in Community. Other prize winners included Dadiere Ashman who won ‘Best Performer and the PIOJ Award for ‘Best Representation of the 2030 Vision’ in the talent presentation. Beverley Brissett was awarded the ‘Most Congenial’ and ‘Most Poised’ prizes.

“I am feeling elated and truly blessed, this win signals my return to the drawing board so I can take the national crown back to Trelawny”, stated an enthusiastic and beaming James.

The evening's performance was opened with a dance number to coincide with the theme of this year's pageant, "Jamaican Women…Shaping Our Culture". Emceed by Kaysia Johnson, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2006, the show was interspersed with brilliant performances by the JCDC Band Competition winners “Positive Music Band” with lead singer Sashae Evans who captivated the audience. In addition, Trelawny Song and Dance Ensemble, JCDC multi- gold medalists and Doneida Simpson, Miss Trelawny Festival Queen 2002 rounded out the entertainment package.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Jamaica Festival Queen 2011 continues on Saturday, May 14 in Mandeville at the Cecil Charlton Hall; the St. Elizabeth Technical High School grounds and the Port Antonio High School, Portland. On Sunday, May 15, Hotel Versailles comes alive when the Clarendon hopefuls vie for a chance at the national finals and over in Kingston and St. Andrew, aspirants square off at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road.


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