Spon­sors Em­brace Car­ni­val Queen Contestants

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Car­ni­val Plan­ning and Man­age­ment Agency (CPMA) and the Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant Com­mit­tee on Tues­day evening hosted the an­nual sash­ing cer­e­mony for car­ni­val queen contestants. The event was held at San­dals Hal­cyon.

Or­ga­nized by a new and en­er­getic com­mit­tee, there ap­peared to be sense of fresh­ness and height­ened ex­pec­ta­tions for the an­nual car­ni­val queen pageant. The new com­mit­tee, headed by Trevor King, in­cludes deputy chair and head chap­er­one Paula Theophilus, Ray­mona Henry-Wynne, Jesse Mitchel, Louise Vic­tor and Nesa Con­stan­tine.

The MC for Tues­day’s sash­ing was Louise Vic­tor, while wel­come re­marks were de­liv­ered by Jesse Mitchel who spoke of the work be­ing put into the event by the hard-work­ing com­mit­tee. Theophilus, in de­liv­er­ing the chair’s ad­dress, spoke of the jour­ney thus far from two au­di­tions to the se­lec­tion process and now the gru­el­ing prepa­ra­tions for the contestants.

Chair­man of the CPMA, Lyn­don Arnold urged the contestants to work hard but to en­joy their mo­ment. Also speak­ing on Tues­day was the Min­is­ter of Tourism Lorne Theophilus who chal­lenged the contestants to be­lieve in them­selves and work on their tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity de­spite the odds.

The mo­ment of truth - the ac­tual sash­ing, was met with much sur­prise and glee by the contestants, when the spon­sors were re­vealed. Anya Ed­win was sashed as Miss Pi­ton, Fran­cil­lia Austin – Miss Dig­i­cel, Denise Nel­son – Miss Flow, Yvanna David – Miss Nagico In­sur­ances, Be­biana Man­gal – Miss Colum­bus Busi­ness So­lu­tions, Khadija Ma­son – Miss Boka Group, Ayana Alexander – Miss Su­per J IGA and Laura Bruce – Miss Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board.

The contestants were also pre­sented with gifts by Dig­i­cel, Pi­ton, FLOW, Su­per J and St. Lu­cia Dis­tillers. They, in turn, pre­sented spe­cial por­traits of them­selves to each spon­sor. Present at Tues­day’s event was the reign­ing Car­ni­val Queen Li­cia Jn. Paul.

The 2015 Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen pageant will be held on July 4.

The 2015 Car­ni­val Queen Contestants with Lorne Theophilus, Min­is­ter of Tourism and Cre­ative In­dus­tries, the 2014 Car­ni­val Queen Li­cia Jn. Paul and

the Chair­man of the CPMA, Lyn­don Arnold.

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