Sachique Williams crowned Miss St Mary Festival Queen
Simone Saunderson (left), assistant depot manager, JP Farms and Mario Figueroa (second right), general manager of Jamaica Producers (JP) Farms representing JP Tropical Foods congratulate the top three contestants in the JCDC Miss St Mary Festival Queen Competition – (from second left) First Runner Up, Jusan Hamilton; Miss St Mary Festival Queen, Sachique Daneika Williams and Second Runner Up Diandrea Eliza Daley -- held on Saturday at the St Mary Anglican Church Hall.
Sachique Williams was crowned Miss St Mary Festival Queen at the St Mary Anglican Church Hall on Saturday, July 6, 2019.
The warmth, charm and charisma exuded by the winner was evident from her opening sentences in which she displayed an unmatched confidence.
“Words cannot express how elated I am feeling right now. I want to use this opportunity to show what my parish can do and ensure that I work within the community to make St Mary and, by extension, Jamaica, the best place to live,” Williams said after accepting her crown.
Williams topped the field of seven contestants in what was a very competitive event.
(From left) Miss Marley Beach Felecia Anika Carter; Miss James Bond Beach Sachique Daneika Williams; Miss Robins Bay Beach Diandrea Eliza Daley; Miss Reggae Beach Glecean Daysia Cox; and Miss Pagee Beach Jusan Hamilton.
She won herself a prize package inclusive of $120,000 courtesy of JP Tropical Foods. Williams will have part of the prize money as sponsorship, under the brand JP St. Mary’s, to assist in her preparations for the national competition.
JP Tropical Group’s Marketing and Business Development Manager, Tara Goulborne said the St Mary-based company has always been willing to assist residents of the parish in achieving their goals.
The Festival Queen competition, she said, was the perfect avenue to provide corporate funding.
"Coming on board as a sponsor for the JCDC Festival Queen competition was an easy decision for us. JP St. Mary's has a rich history of farming in the parish. This is where our farm is located and, of course, where the brand originated from. The JCDC Festival Queen competition provides a platform for ladies who are not only intelligent but are culturally aware,” Goulbourne said.
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“A competition of this nature requires someone who is committed to community work and so, the lucky contestant who was crowned Miss St Mary, will not only get a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the parish of St Mary but gets to represent a strong brand, rich in community work and nation building," she continued. "JP St Mary's continues to look for and embark upon ways to make a meaningful impact on the communities in which we serve.”
The 21-year-old Williams, who wore the sash of Miss James Bond Beach, is a graduate of the Westwood and Ardenne high schools and presently attends the University of the West Indies.
Jusan Hamilton was awarded the first runner up prize while Diandra Eliza Daley was selected as the second runner up. Hamilton also won the sectional prizes of Most Poised, Most Congenial and Most Popular on Social Media.
The evening's proceedings were well organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Committee and saw the contestants strutting their stuff in cultural offerings, parading evening wear and even in their opening sentences.
Miss Robins Bay Beach Diandrea Eliza Daley takes the stage for the evening gown parade in a lovely original Uzuri International evening gown.
All seven contestants were deserving of a crown but Williams prevailed in the eyes of the judging panel which consisted of Winston Clarke, Dwight Hoilett, Fayan Rhoden, Rev. Wanel Alexander and Slean Harris.
The National Festival Queen was crowned out of the parish of St Mary last year and reigning queen, Akera Gowie, was on hand to crown the parish champion.
The judges must have had a tantamount task coming to a decision but eventually they decided that Williams should be given the opportunity to represent the parish and defend the title being held by Gowie.
Williams also copped the sectional prize of Best Performer for her drama skit, Life Nuh Fair.
St Mary Fest Queen 2019
The contestants were trained in the areas of dining and etiquette, make up, poise, interview techniques, voice and speech, history, deportment and talent.
They were judged in the areas of eloquence, stage presence, walk and poise, creativity, content, delivery/presentation and interpretation.
They were also pre-judged in community involvement, leadership qualities and achievements, heritage, culture, current affairs and consciousness in the role of women locally and internationally.