Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant Spot­light

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This week the STAR con­tin­ues our spot­light on the up­com­ing Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant carded for Satur­day July 2nd 2016, at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre. This week we present to our read­ers Kaysia Verneuil – Miss Dig­i­cel, Rac­quel John – Miss Saint Lu­cia Zouks and Ker­line Sylvester - Miss Ra­dio Caribbean In­ter­na­tional.

Kaysia Verneuil

Born and raised in the beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity of La­borie, Kaysia con­sid­ers her­self to be au­da­cious, in­dus­tri­ous, en­er­getic and car­ing. “I also have a pas­sion for com­mu­nity ser­vice and I am the cur­rent sec­re­tary of the Ro­taract club – South,” she says. The young beauty be­lieves in do­ing what­ever it takes to im­prove her com­mu­nity and her­self. She has also taken part in one pre­vi­ous pageant: “Miss Mizik Mele Melange” re­ceiv­ing the prize for best tal­ent and Miss Pho­to­genic.

“Truth be told I am a fem­i­nist and I be­lieve in equal­ity for women and women em­pow­er­ing them­selves,” Kaysia says.

A past stu­dent of the La­borie Girls' Pri­mary School, Vieux Fort Com­pre­hen­sive Se­condary School and the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, she was an ac­tive stu­dent at school, par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports, cheer­lead­ing, salsa, the school choir and de­bat­ing com­pe­ti­tions as well as a num­ber of vol­un­tary pro­grammes.

“I strongly be­lieve that the school en­vi­ron­ment should not only be an aca­demic place but one where you be­come a well­rounded in­di­vid­ual.”

Kaysia says she loves chil­dren and as­pires to be­come a pae­di­a­tri­cian. Cur­rently she works as a front of­fice agent at Co­conut Bay Beach Re­sort and Spa.

Rac­quel John

A grad­u­ate of the Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Se­condary School and the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Rac­quel John has re­ceived awards as the most out­stand­ing stu­dent in Theatre Arts & the Vale­dic­to­rian at Leon Hess Com­pre­hen­sive Se­condary School. She stud­ied Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege and her eyes are set on be­com­ing a dy­namic busi­ness­woman and mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant.

“I am cur­rently pur­su­ing my Bach­e­lor's De­gree in Mar­ket­ing at the Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity and I am also en­rolled at the Mon­roe Col­lege, pur­su­ing a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Project Man­age­ment," Rac­quel says. All this while she holds the po­si­tion of Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at Cit­i­zen's Jewelry.

An ac­tive in­di­vid­ual in the per­form­ing arts, Rac­quel lives with a pas­sion for dance and pageantry, an av­enue which she be­lieves al­lows her in­ner­most ex­pres­sions and flair of abil­i­ties to be ex­pressed.

She has par­tic­i­pated in seven pageants, both lo­cally and re­gion­ally, plac­ing in the top three and cap­tur­ing four ti­tles - the lat­est be­ing Miss Queen of Gros Islet 2014.

She is a se­nior mem­ber of Un­ti­tled51 dance group and is the host for the pop­u­lar ed­u­ca­tional tele­vi­sion pro­gramme Anansi's Chal­lenge.

Rac­quel also vol­un­teers with groups such as Faces of Can­cer Saint Lu­cia, Saint Lu­cia Horse As­so­ci­a­tion and Saint Lu­cia's Na­tional Youth Coun­cil.

Ker­line Sylvester

“In or­der to be suc­cess­ful, you must be­lieve that you can be” is a quote by which Ker­line Sylvester lives. Born on 22nd Jan­uary, 1992 Ker­line al­ways strives for ex­cel­lence in ev­ery as­pect of her life. “I am a hard­work­ing, con­fi­dent and op­ti­mistic in­di­vid­ual, al­ways will­ing to help and mo­ti­vate oth­ers,” she says.

Dur­ing her pri­mary school days Ker­line was an ac­tive sportsper­son and at the En­tre­pot Se­condary School she ex­celled in aca­demics. She as­pires to be­come an en­tre­pre­neur and in or­der to achieve that goal she says, “Ef­fec­tive prepa­ra­tion is key.”

“I en­rolled in the Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion As­so­ciate de­gree pro­gramme at the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege in 2011 and com­pleted it suc­cess­fully. Later, I pur­sued the un­der­grad­u­ate Busi­ness Man­age­ment pro­gramme at Mon­roe Col­lege, qual­i­fy­ing for the Dean's and Pres­i­dent's lists for three out of four semesters,” she re­veals.

Ker­line is cur­rently em­ployed with the Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity as a re­cep­tion­ist. She en­joys read­ing po­etry, danc­ing, hik­ing, go­ing to the beach and spend­ing time with her fam­ily. “With God, I am ide­ally pre­pared to face any chal­lenges and grasp any op­por­tu­nity, as I am a highly in­trin­si­cally mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­ual who is de­voted to her ca­reer and help­ing oth­ers,” she says.

Ker­line Sylvester

Rac­quel John

Kaysia Verneuil

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