Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Satur­day July 2nd, 2016 the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre will come alive for the stag­ing of this year's Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant. Eight beau­ties will com­pete for the crown. They are Anna-Kim Wil­liams - Miss Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Ker­line Sylvester - Miss Ra­dio Caribbean In­ter­na­tional, Sha­toya Jn. Bap­tiste - Miss Su­per J IGA, Sheris Paul - Miss Bounty, Rac­quel John - Miss Saint Lucia Zouks, Ber­nella Veli­nor - Miss Pi­ton, Kayshia Verneuil - Miss Dig­i­cel and Tyler Theo­phane - Miss F.I.C.S. This week we present three of the con­tes­tants to our read­ers:

Anna-Kim Wil­liams

On De­cem­ber 4th, 1993 Anna-Kim Wil­liams was born into a small fam­ily and is the first of two girls. She at­tended the Ave Maria Girls' School and at­tained her 8 CXC qual­i­fi­ca­tions at the St. Joseph's Con­vent Se­condary School. Dur­ing her school years, she par­tic­i­pated mainly in sports although she says she also en­joyed danc­ing and was a member of the Christy­lights Dance Academy. Cur­rently she is a member of the Mir­a­cle Dancers En­ter­tain­ment group.

Be­cause of her love for chil­dren, Anna-Kim wants to be­come a teacher, to be able to help mould chil­dren for the fu­ture by de­vel­op­ing char­ac­ter, cre­ativ­ity and skills nec­es­sary to live pro­duc­tive lives.

Anna-Kim de­scribes her­self as a free spirit in search of new ex­pe­ri­ences. She be­lieves that in or­der to live a mean­ing­ful life, we have to stay pos­i­tive and work hard to achieve suc­cess.

Ber­nella Veli­nor

“If I were asked, 'What de­fines you as a young lady?' my re­sponse would be, 'Dis­ci­pline,' says twenty-three-year-old Ber­nella Veli­nor. “I be­lieve that it is a fun­da­men­tal char­ac­ter trait for pur­su­ing a life­time's worth of goals and it has al­lowed me to adopt the ap­pro­pri­ate at­ti­tude for the var­i­ous paths that I have cho­sen.”

“At six years old, I had al­ready set my first two goals: to be­come a doc­tor and at­tend the lead­ing se­condary school on-is­land (where I was to re­ceive spe­cial awards for English among other prizes)."

Two years af­ter grad­u­at­ing from SALCC, she en­rolled in the Busi­ness Man­age­ment (HR Mi­nor) Un­der­grad­u­ate De­gree Pro­gramme at the Mon­roe Col­lege but with­drew af­ter the se­cond se­mes­ter due to un­fa­vor­able cir­cum­stances.

“How­ever, the timely words of my se­condary school prin­ci­pal still ring in my ears: “No mat­ter what hap­pens to you or how de­feat­ing your prob­lem may seem, do not al­low your­self to feel like a vic­tim.”

Ber­nella says she has cho­sen the HR field be­cause she would like to help un­em­ployed and work­ing Saint Lu­cians be­come more pro­duc­tive and pas­sion­ate about self-de­vel­op­ment rather than re­main­ing vic­tims of dire so­cial ills that they may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. "There is no greater thrill in life than help­ing others be­come the best ver­sions of them­selves. My jour­ney is just be­gin­ning to un­fold,” she de­clares.

Tyler Theo­phane

Seated at the foothills of the Choiseul dis­trict, ap­prox­i­mately seven kilo­me­ters west of the vil­lage, is the small com­mu­nity of Cafeiere which of­fers to you this young, tal­ented, am­bi­tious, eigh­teen-year-old Tyler Theo­phane.

Tyler is greatly in­flu­enced by her Caribbean Stud­ies teacher, Ms. Charle­magne, who con­tin­u­ally shows and re­minds her of the ways that she could help the en­vi­ron­ment, and also by her mother who al­ways pro­moted that it is al­ways bet­ter to have the courage to pur­sue your dreams. She fre­quently uses a quote by An­dre Kyle Dion­i­sio, which she sees as mo­ti­va­tion: “Bet­ter try­ing and fail than fail­ing to try." It is through these words of wisdom she got the courage to rep­re­sent her pre­vi­ous school, Choiseul Se­condary, at the Saint Lucia Ju­nior Achieve­ment com­pe­ti­tion. As PRO of the JA Club she also had the op­por­tu­nity to go to Mex­ico to rep­re­sent St. Lucia.

Her mother's in­volve­ment in vol­un­tary ac­tiv­i­ties and groups has given Tyler the ex­tra zeal to get in­volved in vol­un­tary work her­self. She is cur­rently a member of the SLU MADE Group and the Cafeiere Youth Group in her com­mu­nity. As the PRO of SLU MADE she as­sists the smaller com­mu­ni­ties and also the el­derly by pro­vid­ing ham­pers to these peo­ple.

Anna-Kim Wil­liams - Miss St. Lucia Tourist Board

Ber­nella Veli­nor - Miss Pi­ton

Tyler Theo­phane - Miss FICS

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