Festival Queen Competition Still Popular

Boasting Brilliant Young Ladies

As one of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s signature events that gives young women an opportunity to contribute to community development and nation building, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition continues to prove its credibility and popularity attracting talented, creative and intellectual young ladies.

The competition boasts many notable Jamaican women who have gone on to make their marks in different spheres, serving with distinction. While these past winners have paved their own paths, the 2014 cadre of Festival Queens are determined to blaze their own trail and make their own stamp on the competition while contributing to community and national development.

For this year, the competition hopefuls include Miss Clarendon Petrina Williams, a final year law student and Director at Audrey E. Williams Funeral Services, Miss Kingston and St. Andrew Anjell Bryan who represents the Guardian Group of Companies with a degree in Economics, Miss Portland Tahera Brown who is pursuing a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Miss St. Catherine Danene Cruicshank, a Guidance Counsellor and Teacher reading for a Masters degree in Special Education and Marketing Coordinator Trudy-Ann Hylton from St. James who read for her degree in Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies.                                                                                         

Roshena Powell proudly representing St. Thomas is completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery while Westmoreland boasts Dana Ferguson who aspires to attend the Norman Manley Law School. Andrene Hutchinson from Hanover will pursue a degree in Humanities while Insurance Advisor and Law student Dedria Watt represents Manchester and Sharlene Codner from St. Ann who will undertake studies in International Relations.

Not to be outdone are Honica Brown, a MPhil Candidate in Linguistics, Lecturer and radio personality at SunCity Radio representing Trelawny, Keona Bailey from St. Elizabeth studying A Levels at the Decarteret College and Daneille Clarke from St. Mary representing the Jamaica Public Service Company with a degree in Media and Communication.

While the 2014 Cultural Ambassadors gear up to snatch the 2014 title, we recall past Festival Queens who have and continue to contribute to nation building. The Competition began in 1963 as the Miss Jamaica Competition but with a need for focus on cultural awareness, the Miss Jamaica title was replaced with the National Festival Queen title in 1975. The first official Miss Jamaica beauty queen, Carol Crawford went on to win the Miss World contest later that year in 1963.

Other standouts include, playwright, artistic director, actress, broadcaster, communications practitioner and Principal Director, Dahlia Harris who won the title in 1990, radio personality Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small crowned in 1995, medical doctor Taneisha McGhie who won the crown in 2000, Aesthetician Troy- Ann Davis who copped the title in 1998 and Kemesha Kelly, 2012 winner who is now the competition’s coordinator.

While the Competition encourages the development of cultural awareness, talent and creativity in some of Jamaica’s most beautiful women between the ages of 18-25 years, it has become the premier forum for intelligent, creative and culturally aware young ladies since its inception in 1963.

The Parish Queens are gearing up to snatch the title and crown of Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2014 which is being held under the theme, “Jamaican Women…Shaping our Culture and our Nation”.

Tickets for the Coronation are available at the Portmore Mall Pharmacy, Sangster’s Book Store (Mall Plaza, Portmore, Sovereign, King Street), JCDC Offices and online, www.jcdcjamaica.com. Adults can access tickets at a cost of $900 pre sold, $1000 at the gate and children $400. Reggae sensation Romain Virgo will headline the entertainment for the Show.

The competition has been made possible through the kind sponsorship of Soft Sheen-Carson, Excelsior, Singer, VMBS, Stayfree, Its Really Great Yogurt, Cool Cids, ChriStar Villas, Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation and SpringTime.