JIS News

Olydia Cole, a 22 year-old Home Economics teacher at St. Hilda’s High School in St. Ann, walked away with the coveted National Farm Queen title last night (July 30), at the 53rd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show in May Pen, Clarendon.
With 131 points, the new queen took the title from a field of eight contestants representing the parishes of Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Trelawny, St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew, Clarendon and St. Thomas.
“I entered this competition because I knew that it would increase my knowledge about agriculture and I have a very profound interest in Agricultural Science .I’m also a Home Economics teacher, so I have to use agricultural products in disseminating my information to my students on a daily basis in the classroom, and I’m very excited about winning,” she told JIS News.
Miss Cole said she would either pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or become a Public Health Inspector, as she was very keen on preserving the environment and keeping the surroundings clean. Her immediate plan as National Farm Queen is to increase the awareness of young people in high schools about the importance of agriculture. Through forums and symposia, she is also desirous of reaching the farmers with the message of good agricultural practices in order to correct some of the problems they have.
Miss Cole was adjudged as having the best technical paper, both written and in presentation, as well as being most talented. As her prize, she received $30,000, a trip to Trinidad and Tobago to represent Jamaica, the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) trophy, a cellular phone, and gift baskets.
In second place with 125 points was 20 year-old Rhona Whitely, Miss St. Catherine, a recent graduate of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE). Miss Whitely, who was adjudged as having the ‘Best Personality’, received $25,000, the JAS trophy, a cell phone and gift baskets.
In third place with 121 points was 21 year-old Notally Wilson, Miss Trelawny, a graduate of the Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon and a recent graduate of the Modesto Junior College in California, where she pursued an Associate Degree, with Agricultural Business as a major and Agricultural Marketing as a minor.
Miss Wilson, who was adjudged as being ‘Most Agriculturally Aware’, received $20,000, the JAS trophy, a cell phone and gift baskets.