February 26 Deadline for Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Entries

Photo: Donald Delahaye Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen (centre), with the JCDC Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2015 contestants at King’s House in July 2015. They are accompanied by JCDC Event Coordinator, Mr. Michael Nicholson (right), and Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2014, Miss Anjell Bryan (second right).

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  • Young Jamaican women have until February 26, 2016 to enter the annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition.
  • Entry forms are available online at the JCDC website at: www.jcdc.gov.jm; at the JCDC Head Office located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, and all JCDC parish offices islandwide.
  • Events Coordinator at the JCDC, Michael Nicholson, told JIS News that up to December 23, some 68 applications have been received by the JCDC.

Young Jamaican women have until February 26, 2016 to enter the annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition.

Entry forms are available online at the JCDC website at: www.jcdc.gov.jm; at the JCDC Head Office located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, and all JCDC parish offices islandwide.

Events Coordinator at the JCDC, Michael Nicholson, told JIS News that up to December 23, some 68 applications have been received by the JCDC.

Mr. Nicholson said he is satisfied with the current number of applications at this time, noting that about 10 to 15 women usually apply in each parish. He said that women between 18 and 25 years old may apply for the contest as long as they have lived for more than three years in their respective parish.

The competition focuses on cultural awareness, personal achievement, leadership qualities, general knowledge, appreciation of the role of women, communication skills, creative talent, community involvement, deportment and personality.

Mr. Nicholson stressed that physical appearance has never been a criterion in the contest. However, he said the pageant will be seeking women who are “culturally aware, confident, and talented.”

The Festival Queen selected is “an outstanding role model for other young women by virtue of her tangible contribution to the development of the nation during and beyond the period of her reign.”

Mr. Nicholson added that the aim is “to groom young women to be ambassadors of culture and to represent (Jamaica), both locally and internationally.”  He said the contestants will learn how to represent Jamaica, their community and themselves.

He further explained that the contestants will be prepared for the challenges of the competition by attending several workshops on grooming, public speaking, walk, poise, etiquette, Jamaican culture, and current affairs.

The Coordinator said the winner will represent her parish and work on her community project as well as preside over the 2016 Jamaica Independence Day festivities.

The 2015 Jamaica Festival Queen Competition was won by Miss Manchester, Chereese Ricketts.

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