THE winner of this year’s Miss Independence Pageant will receive $1000 from the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) to help with youth development projects in her community during her year-long reign.
The announcement was made last week by Anya Edwin, the reigning Miss Independence Queen of Queens, and Treasurer of the National Youth Council (NYC), before she oversaw the signatures of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the respective representatives of the Pageant, the NYC and CYPAN.
The announcement was made at the Conference room of the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports and Local Government, where the nine contestants vying for this year’s crown, as well as representatives from the NYC, CYPAN, National Students’ Council and the Miss Independence Pageant, were prersent.
President of the NYC, Jeshurun Andrew; Country Coordinator of CYPAN, Genitta Pascal; and Founder of the Miss Independence Pageant, Gregory Lorde; all came forward to sign the MOU, which outlined how their respective organizations will work together to help the winner of this year’s pageant execute her youth development project.
The nine contestants are ShaniqueHippolyte representing Anse La Raye; Daria Noel of Castries; Estherline Augustine of Micoud; Erlica Frederick of Choiseul; KaysiaVerneuil of Laborie; Kernisha Augustus of Dennery; Bernelle St. Rose of Soufriere; Keyana Nicholas of Vieux Fort; and Aleysha Wells of Gros Islet.
The 2018 Miss Independence Pageant will be held on February 16 at the National Cultural Centre from 7:00 p.m.