Miss CMMSS La Wenn Kweyol 2014

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kerwin Cae­sar

From the get go, it ap­peared to be a bat­tle for the crown as the Clen­don Ma­son Memo­rial Sec­ondary School hosted its fourth an­nual Miss La Wenn Kweyol Pageant. The stage had been set, the con­tes­tants were ready. The school grounds re­sem­bled a kalei­do­scope of colour as the stu­dents in attendance were donned in well-crafted madras, some in plaid ma­te­rial. Oth­ers chose the oc­ca­sion as one to show off their tastes in fash­ion. Ei­ther way, they were ready for what­ever the day promised.

The fight for the crown was ob­vi­ous. From the start the six lovely young ladies voiced their in­ten­tions clearly from their in­tro­duc­tions; each of them snatch­ing the cov­eted tiara from the other as they tried to win the au­di­ence’s love early. Eltina Felix, Johna­sia Stanis­las, Alysa Joseph, Vianna Ja­cob, Stephie Em­manuel and Shon­tell David all had their chance at im­press­ing the crowd and judges early un­til fit­tingly, last year’s queen Ti­ma­cia Sealy, re­minded them that she was still queen even if for her fi­nal day.

Speak­ing of the judges, they presided over the day’s pro­ceed­ings and were to de­ter­mine a win­ner based on the cri­te­ria of: cre­ativ­ity, visual im­pact, per­for­mance, ex­e­cu­tion, con­tent, porta­bil­ity, flu­ency and de­liv­ery. The con­tes­tants were re­quired to use their abil­i­ties to bring out their best in four cat­e­gories.

In the first cat­e­gory, the con­tes­tants were re­quired to fash­ion their very own cre­ole dresses us­ing what­ever items nec­es­sary to de­pict vin­tage at­tire. This seg­ment high­lighted the in­ge­nu­ity of the con­tes­tants, as out­fits were pro­duced with a mix­ture of cloth and ba­nana straw, sack ma­te­rial, fish­net, fab­ric net­ting, seaweed, pa­per and news­pa­pers.

For the sec­ond cat­e­gory, the young ladies were re­quired to use their tal­ents to re­live the norms of yes­ter­year. The au­di­ence was treated to a range of skits, as the con­tes­tants at­tempted to give their fel­low school­mates a brief un­der­stand­ing of the way of life in the past through per­for­mances show­cas­ing small ca­noe fish­ing, child­birth by mid­wives and prac­tices dur­ing times of death in a com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing the third seg­ment, the lovely six grace­fully moved along the stage in their Na­tional Wear, each unique in their own way and de­pict­ing their par­tic­u­lar theme.

The fourth and fi­nal cat­e­gory was dubbed “Pa­wol Gwan Moun”. In this seg­ment, the ladies were re­quired to ad­dress the judges and au­di­ence on a given topic and were to do the en­tire speech in cre­ole. This ini­tia­tive re­placed the cus­tom­ary ques­tion seg­ment used in pageantry.

As a mem­ber of the au­di­ence, I was quite pleased with the day’s pro­ceed­ings. The ac­tiv­ity was blessed with great weather; the show seemed to be well planned as it went along smoothly with no in­ter­rup­tions. Ku­dos to the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for their at­tempt at mak­ing the pageant one with a dif­fer­ence. The in­tro­duc­tory ‘tussle’ for the crown and the Pa­wol Gwan Moun seg­ment brought a unique side to the pageant. The stu­dents on the day were well be­haved and the con­tes­tants were all de­serv­ing win­ners.

In the end, the six young ladies should have all walked away with some sense of ac­com­plish­ment, as the top four were all sep­a­rated by just 27 points. After the fi­nal cal­cu­la­tion, Johna­sia Stanis­las was crowned Miss CMMSS La Wenn Kweyol for 2014, after she grabbed three of the five in­di­vid­ual awards namely Best In­tro, Best Cre­ative Wear and Miss Pho­to­genic. First run­ner up Shon­tell David won the award for Best Tal­ent and Alysa Joseph who was the sec­ond run­ner up, was con­sid­ered the best in the Pa­wol Gwan Moun cat­e­gory.

Johna­sia Stanis­las, over­come with emo­tion, wait­ing to be crowned queen.

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