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It was a weekend filled with sophisticated elegance and cultural diversity as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) hosted three Festival Queen parish coronation shows in St. Elizabeth, Portland and Kingston & St. Andrew.

On Saturday (May 14) in the picturesque parish which boasts the best beaches and the Blue Mountains, from a field of eight contestants wearing the sash Miss Hotel Timbamboo, Nicole Hopkins was crowned Miss Portland Festival Queen 2011 and the ‘Most Poised’. Miss Nicole’s Beauty Supplies, Maurica Smart was named 1st runner up and received the ‘Most Culturally Aware’ prize and the PIOJ Award for ‘Best Representation of the 2030 Vision’ in the talent presentation. Latoya Clarke, Miss Lee’s Maxi Mart was crowned 2nd runner up as Taralee Tracey, Miss Tropical Money Systems won the award for ‘Best Performer’.

Meanwhile, past student of the Hampton School Felicia Kirlew was crowned Miss St. Elizabeth Festival Queen 2011. Donomar Waite, took the 1st runner up spot, ‘Most Disciplined’ and ‘Most Poised’ awards whilst Suan Witter, 2nd runner up and ‘Most Active in Community’ awardee, rounded out the top three.

The entertainment package featured international recording artiste, Protoje who performed the very popular and heavily rotated single ‘Rasta Love’. Entertainment Through Music, Art and Drama (ETMAD) performed ‘There’s A Picture Hanging From the Wall’, Leontre Roberts (Miss St. Elizabeth Festival Queen 2008) performed two original pieces and Brian Brown serenaded the ladies.

On Sunday (May 15), the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre showcased ten hopefuls at the Kingston and St. Andrew coronation which opened with a beautifully choreographed dance item depicting our African ancestry whilst recognizing the International Year of People of African Descent (IYPAD). Emceed by Norma Brown-Bell, the show proceeded with high energy talent presentations and pre-competition activities that enabled the audience to learn as much about the girls as the judges. Between presentations and questions were selections by Unique Vision Band and an exciting item from members of the Wolmer’s Dance Troupe.

24 year old Krystle Daley was crowned Miss Kingston and St. Andrew Festival 2011 and was also awarded the sectional prize for ‘Most Culturally Aware’. Rene Wilmoth, a student at the University of Technology was crowned 1st runner up and received the award for ‘Best Performer’, while Annorea Williams was crowned 2nd runner up. Other prize winners included Victoria Melhado who won the PIOJ Award for ‘Best Representation of the 2030 Vision’ in the talent presentation. Ivana Miller was awarded the prize for ‘Most Poised’.

The JCDC parish queen coronation shows will culminate this Labour Day weekend with shows scheduled to take place on Saturday (May 21), in Hanover, Westmoreland and St. Thomas and Sunday (May 22) in St. Catherine and St. James as these cultural ambassadors vie for glory at the national finals. The theme for this year’s pageant is “Jamaican Women…Shaping Our Culture”.

For more information contact:
Renae Mills
Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: 926-5726-9/ 371-3423


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