Babonneau Secondary student Ria Alexander is the winner of the third annual 2014 Jennes Kewyol, a pageant for secondary schools across the island.
Alexander, a 14-year-old Form Four student, won best talent, best portrayal in evening wear, best overall female and overall winner.
Nine competitors – seven females and two males – participated in the pageant, held at the Cultural Centre this afternoon.
Cardious Constantine, a Form Five student of the George Charles Secondary School, won the best male title, as well as best creole wear.
The secondary schools that participated this year are: Leon Hess (Marla James), Marigot (Lygia Pelage and Davidson Mathurine), Piaye (Phoebe Joseph), Vide Bouitelle (Zena St. Clair), George Charles (Latoya Jacobie and Cardious Constantine), Babonneau Secondary (Ria Alexander) and Ciceron (Lisa Eugene).
Pageant Coordinator Karen Davis told St. Lucia News Online that the aim of the pageant is to increase the awareness and pride among St. Lucians of their rich cultural heritage, promote the creole language and culture, and to encourage solidarity among creole-speaking communities locally and around the world.
Sponsors of this year’s competition were the Folk Research Centre, LUCELEC and LIME.