The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is currently on an island-wide search for empowered young women who are intelligent, culturally-aware and poised and are seeking a platform to make their contributions to nation building. An agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the JCDC is seeking entrants for the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition which closes on Friday, February 23.
The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, which focuses on leadership, appreciation of the role of women, culture, creative talent and community involvement has produced some outstanding queens who have continued to make a significant contribution to building ‘Brand Jamaica’ beyond their reign.
“A signature programme of the JCDC, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition provides holistic development for all the young women who enter.” Said JCDC Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Stephen Davidson.
“These young women will receive training in speech and diction, poise, talent and business and social etiquette and will leave the competition ready to lead their peers in contributing to national development.” Davidson continued.
With millions in cash and prizes to be won, young women, between 18-25 years old must first compete at the parish level, before the Grand National Coronation, which forms part of the Jamaica Independence Festival.
Davidson also noted that a major component of the competition is the social outreach aspect where the contestants are encouraged to give back to their respective communities by organizing social projects, which are always well received.
Since its inception in 1963, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has provided opportunities for outstanding young women to leave their mark on not only Jamaica’s culture but all spheres of our nation’s development. Some of the past queens include Dr. Marsha Barnett, Jennifer ‘Jenny-Jenny’ Small, Jacinth Hall-Tracey, Dahlia Harris, Krystal Tomlinson and Kaysia Johnson.
Entry forms and other details for the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition can be accessed on the JCDC website at www.jcdc.gov.jm the JCDC Head Office at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue in Kingston or at any JCDC Parish Office island-wide.