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CYPAN Pledges $1000 to Winner of 2018 Miss Independence Pageant

Image of Miss Independence contestants with Minister for Culture, Fortuna Belrose.

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.

Image of Miss Independence contestants with Minister for Culture, Fortuna Belrose.
Miss Independence contestants with Minister for Culture, Fortuna Belrose.

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.

Dean Nestor is from Choiseul but from young adulthood, his years were spent in Castries. He studied at St. Mary’s College from 1999 to 2004 and later pursued a college education in English Literature, History and Sociology at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College from 2004 to 2006.

After graduating from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, he began working as a teacher from 2009 until 2016...Read full bio...


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