The much anticipated JCDC Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation took place at the National indoors Sports Centre last evening - on Sunday July 22. The Indoor Sports Centre was filled to capacity as patrons arrived in droves from as early as 6:00 pm. The show began promptly at 7:00 pm with an exciting opening number from Dance Theatre Xaymaca who took us on a musical journey of Jamaican Dancehall.
The thirteen contestants were not to be upstaged as they came out in beautifully designed pieces in Jamaican colours to introduce themselves to the audience. There were no losers for the evening as all thirteen contestants conducted themselves like true queens and proud ambassadors for Jamaica. Eventually it was Ms. St. Ann Kemesha Kelly who walked away with the coveted crown and sectional prizes for Most Active in her Community and Most Culturally Aware.
The prize for Best Performance and the Best Performance depicting the Programme for Enhancement through Health and Education (PATH) went to Ms. Sasheena Douglas of St. Mary. Most Congenial went to Ms. Vanessa DaCosta (Clarendon) who also copped the prize for Best Gown designed by Natoya Doulatt while Most Poised went to Ms. Manchester – Victoria Cole. Second runner up went to Ms. Sasheena Douglas of St. Mary, while 1st Runner up went to Rasheen Roper of Kingston and St. Andrew.
The contestants were showered with gifts from sponsors LIME, Spring Time, Money Gram, Excelsior, Singer, Soft Sheen Carson, Christar Villas Hotel, Sunset Jamaica Grand Resort & Spa, VMBS, PATH, General Accident, Angela’s Boutique, Bourne Watch Company, Face Place,
The Queen also walked away with a 2007 Nissan March courtesy of Mack D’s Auto Sales.
The Festival Queen Coronation was also sponsored by Dairy Industries, Shhh Boutique, Ballistic Security the St. Thomas and St. Catherine Co-operative Credit Unions, Prospect Division-Portland and Media sponsors -TVJ, Hype TV, FAME, IRIE FM, ZIP 103 FM, POWER 106, NEWS TALK and HOT 102.
Special guests included the Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna, Mr. Dayton Campbell M.P. for North West St. Ann, former Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall and his wife Mrs. Rheima Hall, Cindy Breakspeare, Chair Festival Queen Committee and Ms. Fae Ellington, Chair JCDC Board.
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