JIS News

Twenty-five year old administrative assistant, Trudy Ann Johnson, is the 2006 Festival Queen for Clarendon. She was chosen from a field of 10 contestants at the coronation show held on May 7 at Hotel Versalles in May Pen.
For her victory, Ms. Johnson received a cash prize of $20,000 along with several gift packages. She was also adjudged Most Congenial and Most Culturally Aware. “The contest was hard work and required good time management. I have to say that the contestants were very talented. The competition reconnected me with my culture and my parish and it taught me competitiveness,” she told JIS News.
Second place in the competition went to Lorraine Johnson, a 21 year-old cashier at Cool Oasis, who was also adjudged Most Poised. She received $15,000 along with several gift packages. In third place was Monessia Lewin, a recent graduate of Shortwood Teachers College, who also received several gift packages and $10,000.
As parish queen, Miss Johnson will compete in the national finals slated for July 22 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston and is fine-tuning preparations, including perfecting her talent piece, to ensure that she takes the national title back to Clarendon.
For her parish project, she said she wished to do something in education “and in particular, special education, for mentally and physically challenged children.”
Ms. Johnson, who is employed at Fluor, the international construction management company responsible for the Jamalco Halse Hall refinery expansion programme, aspires to be a food and beverage manager in one of Jamaica’s leading five star resorts.Shirley Willis, member of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Festival Queen Committee, told JIS News that the competition was of a high standard.
“In Clarendon, we try to maintain high standards and the competition this year was one of a very high standard. The coronation show was one of the best ever. It was very well attended and I believe the audience really enjoyed the talent in particular,” she said.
She noted that the new queen was expected to be a very good representative of the parish. “Our new queen is also a graduate of the University of Technology and I think she’s going to be a very good ambassador for our parish. I also think that she will do well in the national competition. Throughout the competition, she was very helpful and very pleasant, very cooperative and very nice to work with,” Mrs. Willis stated.She is encouraging young ladies between the ages of 18 and 25 to enter the contest next year.
The Festival Queen competition is intended to highlight the ideals of Jamaican womanhood, to further enhance respect for the Jamaican woman and to develop a greater appreciation for her role in society.