JIS News

Plans are advanced for the selection of a festival queen for the parish of St. Ann, with 12 young ladies identified to compete in the coronation show to be held later this month.
“Presently, there are 12 young ladies in the parish, who have been undergoing training for the competition,” said Marlene Pusey-Reid, Manager for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) northern region.
According to Mrs. Pusey-Reid, “aspects of the training involve speech, drama, dance, cultural awareness and personal development, among others, and the participants have been very receptive”.
She noted that, that by entering the contest, participants would realize their potential of making a contribution to their community and the wider society, while achieving their personal goals.
The sashing ceremony for the 12 participants will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the Franklyn D. Resort in Runaway Bay and the grand coronation show will be held on April 29, at a venue to be decided. The winner will represent the parish in the national festival queen contest, which will be held later in the year. The national winner will become a cultural ambassador for Jamaica and reign for one year.
Mrs. Reid thanked the many sponsors for their invaluable contribution towards the venture.”The St. Ann JCDC festival queen programme is in full gear and we are inviting as many persons as possible to become a part of this process,” she stated.