Clen­don Ma­son’s Cre­ole Queen 2014

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

My mother has a say­ing: “Smaller peo­ple tend to have big­ger mouths and that they use them well to ex­press them­selves, es­pe­cially in self-de­fence, to make up for their lack of size”. This is some­what true.

I have been to a num­ber of youth-ori­ented ini­tia­tives and some­how the per­sons who are diminu­tive are the ones who ap­pear to be most con­fi­dent and com­fort­able with them­selves and are the most au­di­ble in pro­ject­ing their views. Last week I at­tended the Clen­don Ma­son Memo­rial Sec­ondary School’s La Wenn Kweyol Pageant and this year’s queen, Johna­sia Stanis­las, falls in that cat­e­gory.

Stanis­las is an 11 year old, form one stu­dent from Rocky Lane in the com­mu­nity of Den­nery. She was one of two con­tes­tants at this year’s pageant who were short and petite but yet she man­aged to win the hearts of the judges and fel­low stu­dents with her pretty smile and de­liv­ery on the day, cap­tur­ing the Best In­tro, Miss Pho­to­genic and Best Creative Wear awards in the process.

What mo­ti­vated you to get into the pageant?

I al­ways wanted to show off my tal­ent es­pe­cially through drama and I thought that the pageant was a good op­por­tu­nity to do that. My teach­ers ap­proached me and I ac­cepted. I didn’t hes­i­tate; I was ea­ger to do it. Did you ever see your size and height as a dis­ad­van­tage? No. For me that didn’t mat­ter; that wasn’t a con­cern. This is my size. I love my­self the way I am so I think that made it eas­ier for me be­cause I am com­fort­able with my­self. What were the prepa­ra­tions for the pageant like for you? The prepa­ra­tions were a lit­tle hec­tic. I was a lit­tle con­fused with all the work that I had to do, and sur­prised by the amount of ef­fort that I had to put in but it paid off in the end. What was the most dif­fi­cult part of pre­par­ing for the pageant? For me it was pre­par­ing for the Pa­wol Gwan Moun seg­ment. I had to learn the speech that was put to­gether and it was tough try­ing to re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing be­cause it was all in cre­ole. But I prac­ticed a lot, I mem­o­rized it and on the day of the pageant I did it well. At one point I al­most got stuck (smiles), but I just paused, re­laxed and con­tin­ued just fine. What was the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence like for you? I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is go­ing to be my first time stand­ing be­fore the en­tire school.” But I had to do it; I had to be bold to be able to do my best. But over­all it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence. How calm dif­fi­cul­tand be bold was onit for stage?you to stay It to wasn’t pre­tend too like dif­fi­cult.there wasI forcedno one, my­selfno stu­dentswhat I had watch­ingto do. me, and focused on Tell pageant H.Y.P.E you read­ers en­joyed what the about most. the Well, I en­joyed the tal­ent seg­ment and my in­tro­duc­tion. My chap­er­ones added a nice spin to it and I like the way it come through at the show.

And what was most chal­leng­ing? I was afraid that I would fall on stage with my heels (laughs). Af­ter this ex­pe­ri­ence, would you like to take part in pageantry again? Yes I would like to take part in pageants again. I want to con­tinue do­ing it at the sec­ondary school level and then, prob­a­bly as I get older, get more in­volved. What do you en­joy do­ing in your spare time? I en­joy read­ing, go­ing over my school work and study­ing. I like prac­tis­ing Math, which I have some dif­fi­culty with. I prac­tise and chal­lenge my­self to try to get the con­cepts.

What are your pre­ferred sub­jects? My favourite sub­jects are English B, French, Span­ish and Mu­sic.

What are your fu­ture goals? My goal is to be­come a pe­di­a­tri­cian. I love chil­dren. Who would you like to thank for your suc­cess at the pageant? I would like to thank God for this op­por­tu­nity. My chap­er­ones; they were so helpful and made it so much eas­ier for me to fo­cus and win the pageant. Also my par­ents; they were very sup­port­ive and were present at the show, and thanks to all my class­mates and my fel­low stu­dents who sup­ported me. I couldn’t have done it with­out all of them.

CMMSS La Wenn Kweyol 2014, Miss Johna­sia Stanis­las.

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