Monday 22 July, 2019

Blind woman vies for festival queen title

Samoya Jordon wears the sash 'Miss St William Grant Park'

Samoya Jordon wears the sash 'Miss St William Grant Park'

Samoya Jordon is set to create history as the first blind contestant in the Miss Kingston and St Andrew Festival Queen competition, which is scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on May 13.

The annual contest has been staged by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for 54 years.

Jordon, 25, who wears the sash 'Miss St William Grant Park', said in a media interview that entering the contest was the fulfilment of a long-held dream of hers.

“When I was in primary school, we would hear about the singing, the dancing, the choirs…. I have always kept track, and it's always been on my mind that I need to enter and try to win,” she said.

Seven other contestants will compete for the Kingston and St Andrew Festival Queen crown at the coronation show, which is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m.

It is one of 13 parish competitions for females aged between 10 and 25 years, which are held under the theme 'Jamaican Women... Shaping Our Culture and Our Nation'.

The parish queens will go on to compete for the national festival queen crown on August 1.

Like the other contestants in the Corporate Area competition, Jordon has been meeting with the JCDC parish officers and trainers to prepare for the event.

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