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Miss St. Mary is Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2018

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is pleased to announce the results from the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation, held on Wednesday, August 1at the National Arena:

  • Miss Jamaica Festival Queen: Ackera Gowie, Miss St. Mary
  • 1st Runner up: Shantae Grant, Miss Hanover
  • 2nd Runner up: Chris-Ann Douglas, Miss St. James

Sectional Awards:

  • Most Congenial: Chris-Ann Douglas, Miss St. James
  • Most Active in the Community: Leneka Rhoden, Miss Kingston and St. Andrew
  • Most Poised: Ackera Gowie, Miss St. Mary
  • Most Culturally Aware: Ackera Gowie, Miss St. Mary
  • Most Popular on Social Media: Kimone Rose, Miss Clarendon
  • Best Performance: Jessica Hartley, Miss Portland


Ackera Sherokie Gowie has a relentless passion for volunteerism and nation-building. Born and raised in the rural community of Ranch, St. Mary, she strongly believes that with vision, discipline, and God, all things are possible. Her long term mission is to be the Chief Executive Officer of 'Green JA' which will be a recycling company entirely powered by waste.

In 2017, Ackera Gowie was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations and Public Sector Management, which was made possible through a complete scholarship through the Governor General's IBI Summer of Service Competition. Ackera lives and is guided by the question ‘What can I do for my country?’