San­dals Re­sorts crowns Nine Out­stand­ing Tal­ents in St. Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

San­dals Re­sorts in Saint Lu­cia con­tin­ues to set the bar in hu­man re­source recog­ni­tion and de­vel­op­ment, cre­at­ing path­ways for ex­pres­sion and tal­ent de­vel­op­ment amongst its em­ploy­ees through its an­nual Fes­ti­val of the Arts, Tal­ent and Model Search Com­pe­ti­tion. On Satur­day, dozens of team tal­ents gath­ered at San­dals Hal­cyon in a dis­play of fash­ion and an ar­ray of tal­ent that will see nine peo­ple from across the three San­dals Re­sorts here, rep­re­sent­ing the is­land in a group com­pe­ti­tion in Ja­maica later this year.

The most ex­cit­ing per­for­mances on Satur­day came from San­dals Re­gency LaToc which stole six of the nine tal­ent spots. Top­ping this list were best male and fe­male mod­els Ron Pierre and Ayana White Smith.

The crown for best fe­male vo­cal­ist from across the three re­sorts went to Je­nessa Sharma, also from Re­gency LaToc. An­dreas Fran­cis, from San­dals Hal­cyon, took this hon­our in the male cat­e­gory.

As the com­pe­ti­tion ri­valed on, Raide Hip­polyte from San­dals Hal­cyon – a re­turn­ing con­tender in a still fairly new cat­e­gory ‘Spo­ken Word' – walked away with the ti­tle.

San­dals Re­gency LaToc quickly re­turned to the board when Ken­win Wil­liams hit the stage with his award-win­ning in­stru­men­tal performance.

The ti­tle for Top Dance Solo performance went to Xe­nia Dou­glas, while the top Dance Duo went to Melvin Aure­lian and Bradley Paul – all from San­dals La Toc.

Lawrence James, from San­dals Hal­cyon took the prize for the Top DJ in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Re­gional Group Cre­ative Man­ager for En­ter­tain­ment at San­dals in the East­ern Caribbean, Trevor King, com­mended the group of more than 30 per­form­ers for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to the process and rigours of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We are ex­tremely pleased to see the team tal­ents tak­ing the time to pre­pare, de­spite their work­ing and other com­mit­ments. Most have de­vel­oped tremen­dously dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion process and I am proud of all par­tic­i­pants for sim­ply step­ping for­ward. The nine win­ners will ad­vance to the fi­nals in Ja­maica and I am con­fi­dent that they will all rep­re­sent Saint Lu­cia well,” King said.

The San­dals Fes­ti­val of the Arts Tal­ent and Model Search Com­pe­ti­tion, re­cently re­branded from ENCORE, is an an­nual un­der­tak­ing across all San­dals and Beaches Re­sorts through­out the Caribbean that seeks to rec­og­nize, ex­pose and am­plify the per­sonal pas­sions of team tal­ents through­out the chain.

The nine win­ners, plus com­pere, who will rep­re­sent Saint Lu­cia in the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion in Ja­maica.

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