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Whendy Johnson, an 18-year old pharmacology student, is the new Miss Clarendon Police Youth Club.
Miss Johnson, who represented the Longville Park Police Youth Club, won the title from a field of 13 contestants, at the coronation show held on Friday (July 22) at the St. Gabriel’s Anglican Church Hall in May Pen.
With the victory, she has the honour of representing the parish at the national competition to be held at the Little London High School in Westmoreland on August 14.
“I’m feeling very overwhelmed at the moment”, the lucky young lady said after the crowning. “The fact that I just won the crown, it just goes to show what diligence, discipline, self motivation, and hardwork can accomplish. I would love to bring home the national crown to Clarendon for the fourth time,” she told JIS News.
Miss Johnson also won the sectional prizes for most talented and best gown and she received a weekend for two as well as trophies and gift baskets.
In second place was 18-year old Glenmuir High School student Natasha Lee Thompson, who represented the Milk River Police Youth Club. She also won the sectional prize of most intelligent and most aware. Stacy-Ann Morrison, a 23-year old teacher at the Central High School placed third and also won the sectional prize for best smile.
Odale Mulgrave, Police Community Relations Coordinator, said that the competition was aimed at building self-esteem and confidence, highlighting cultural awareness and talent, promoting and strengthening harmonious relationships between the police and the youth and motivating other youngsters.
“The competition has improved in certain aspects and the quality of the performance by the young ladies has improved. We were able to get support from some of the communities prone to crime and there is a strong sense of camaraderie among the contestants. Overall, the contestants have said that their exposure to this side of the police has been good,” he said.
The Clarendon Police Youth Club Movement was initiated in 1974 and is the most active in the island with more than 47 clubs. It has a membership of over 110 young persons.