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Kellisha Maylor, a 17-year old student of Clarendon College, has been crowned Miss Clarendon Police Youth Club 2006.
Kellisha, a treasurer for the Race Track Police Youth Club, which she represented, won the title from a field of seven contestants at the coronation show held on July 28 at the St. Gabriel’s Anglican Church Hall in May Pen.
She was also adjudged most intelligent, most aware, most congenial and having the best figure and gown, and took home a cash prize, trophies and gift baskets. With the victory, she has the honour of representing the parish at the national competition to be held on August 20 in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth.
“I was honoured to be crowned,” Kellisha told JIS News after the coronation ceremony. “It was a really nice experience. I believe I was able to win this crown through confidence, self-motivation, and a really nice personality. The competition gives us exposure. It is a positive move for the young people by the Clarendon police,” she added.
She said she looked forward to representing her parish in the national competition. “If I can be a positive role model to represent the parish in a positive light, that would be a really good experience and, who knows, I might just win,” she quipped.
The new queen, who wishes to become a financial analyst and an entrepreneur, told JIS News that she hoped to be a part of the process of attracting investors to her community. “I would use the opportunity to attract nation builders in establishing a multi-purpose community centre, where the youth, who sit idly, can go and get engaged in economic and educational activities, which will help to reduce the crime rate,” she said.
In second place was Chevelle Gopaul, a 12-year old, who will be attending the Garvey Maceo High School in September. She represented the Milk River Police Youth Club and was adjudged most talented.
Jheanelle Shakespeare a 17-year old science student at Vere Technical High School, who hopes to become a cardiologist, placed third. She received the sectional prize for best smile.
Corporal Cornel Stewart Clarendon’s Police Youth Club Coordinator, told JIS News that “this competition really seeks to help the young women improve their self-worth and to increase their awareness”, noting that through the pageant, communities also get to interact with the police.
“We are always about fostering better relations with our communities and this competition is one way in which we believe we can accomplish that and of course, this will help to improve our image,” he stated.
The Clarendon Police Youth Club movement was initiated in 1974 and is the most active in the island with about 47 clubs.