Olivia Grange, Minister Of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (second left) poses with (from left) AnnaKay Hudson, Miss Kingston and St. Andrew, first runner up; Khamara Wright, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2019; and second runner up Chardonnae Parkins, Miss St. James, following the coronation of Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2019.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange has expressed satisfaction with the talent and showcase seen at the 2019 staging of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, Thursday night, August 1.
Miss St. Catherine Khamara Wright was crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen.
In an interview with Jamaica Today, the minister said, “We are preparing young women to take over as leaders and it is a contest that will get bigger and better every year.”
The competition, organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) over the years, focuses extensively on the pivotal role of women in society in various capacities.
Minister Grange further explained that the process of selection involves going islandwide to find young ladies who are knowledgeable about their country, talented and who can be good ambassadors.
The Minister said: ‘We have many personalities in Jamaica who came out of this competition Jenny Jenny, ‘Dahlia Harris’, even politicians have come out of it, the President of the People’s National Party Youth Organization came out of it. It is a competition that means a lot to nation-building.”
She further added that Jamaica’s Independence celebrations will get bigger and better as long as she is at the helm of the ministry.