Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant Spot­light

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Tonight is the big night for eight beau­ti­ful young ladies par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2016 Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant. The event will take place at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre. Over the past two weeks we have been spot­light­ing the ladies in the STAR and to­day we present the fi­nal two con­tes­tants.

Sheris Paul

Sheris is Miss Bounty. Born on May 3, 1995 she de­scribes her­self as a fun-lov­ing in­di­vid­ual with a pleas­ant per­son­al­ity. At a young age Sheris em­braced train­ing in dance and drama af­ford­ing her the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop an im­mense pas­sion for the stage. She at­tended the Ave Maria Pri­mary School and then went on to the Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School. Dur­ing her five years at sec­ondary school she con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ing her cre­ative na­ture and flair for the per­form­ing arts.

Sheris par­tic­i­pated in Miss In­de­pen­dence Pageant 2015 and Miss Queen of Gros Islet. “Since then my love for pageants has pro­gressed and I in­tend on fur­ther­ing my per­sonal de­vel­op­ment by way of the stage and pageantry,” she says.

Her ul­ti­mate goal: “To make it on the big screen”.

Sheris in­tends to con­nect with young women like her­self, to en­cour­age and em­power them, to set goals and work to­wards achiev­ing them. She be­lieves that young women should be more as­sertive and aware of their rights. Presently she is a stu­dent at Mon­roe Col­lege, Saint Lu­cia Cam­pus study­ing Busi­ness Man­age­ment

Shar­toya Jn. Bap­tiste

Shar­toya is Miss Su­per J. She was born and raised in the com­mu­nity of Ciceron, Cas­tries.

Her fond­ness for pageantry emerged when she en­tered and won St. Lu­cia’s Most Tal­ented Teen Pageant in 2012 and rep­re­sented her coun­try at the re­gional Hayne’s Smith Most Tal­ented Teen Pageant later that year. This led her to par­tic­i­pate in the Miss In­de­pen­dence Pageant in 2015 where she placed 2nd run­ner-up. At 20 years old, Shar­toya can proudly say she has ac­com­plished many things in life. She has rep­re­sented Saint Lu­cia not only in pageantry but dance, both re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Shar­toya finds per­sonal strength in the words of wis­dom given to her by Harold Prince: “Com­ing to­gether is a be­gin­ning, keep­ing to­gether is progress and work­ing to­gether is suc­cess.” It is through this pow­er­ful quote that Shar­toya was able to grad­u­ate with top honours in Hos­pi­tal­ity Stud­ies from the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege and cap­tain the se­nior com­pany in her dance troupe - The Sil­ver Shadow Per­form­ing Arts Acad­emy.

Cur­rently she vol­un­teers as a dance teacher for teens in Sil­ver Shadow and is a Theatre Arts Drama teacher at the Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School.

“I plan to fur­ther my stud­ies in the Theatre In­dus­try and later pur­sue a ca­reer as a Pro­fes­sional Dance Chore­og­ra­pher and a Cer­ti­fied Theatre Arts Lec­turer film di­rec­tor,” Shar­toya re­veals.

Sheris Paul is Miss Bounty.

Shar­toya Jn. Bap­tiste is Miss Su­per J.

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