Miss Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) Licia Jn Paul of Soufriere has won the 2014 National Carnival Queen title, walking away with a $20,000 scholarship from Monroe College and $10,000 in cash, among other prizes.
The event was held at the National Cultural Centre Saturday night, July 5 and the results were announced shortly after midnight.
Paul, a theatre arts teacher at the Choiseul Secondary School, also won Best in Costume, Best in Evening Gown and Best Interview. She tallied 789.5 points.
Janelle Desir (Miss Super J) from Soufriere won the 2012 title.
Miss Toxik Carnival Band Crystal Octave captured the first runner-up spot with 722.5 points; Miss Piton Natalie Girard was second runner-up with 684.5 and Miss St. Lucia Tourist Board Herma Demacque was fourth runner-up with 678.5.
Demacque also won Best in Swim Wear.
Miss Digicel Michelle Vitalis was awarded Miss Photogenic and Miss Radio Caribbean International (RCI) Michelle Johnny was awarded Miss Congeniality and Most Outstanding Talent.
The other participants were: Chelsea Joseph — Miss First Citizens Investment Services and Tannyka John — Miss Super J/IGA.
Meanwhile, Barry George won the Best Costume Designer award for “Lioness Empress” and Sharlene Lagon won the Best Dress Design award for “Ethiopian Princes”. Both outfits were worn by Miss SRDF Licia Jn Paul.
The annual Carnival Queen Pageant is part of the ongoing St. Lucia Carnival activities.
Miss St. Lucia Tourist Board’s Amy Stephen won the 2013 crown.
BELOW IS A PROFILE ON LICIA JN PAUL
Licia Theophila Jn Paul is a young and vibrant young lady with a passion for theatre and the arts. She has been involved in numerous youth organisations in her community, such as the Yaticka Youth Group and Soufriere Action Theatre (SAT).
She attended the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School and furthered her education at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, successfully obtaining her A Levels and the teacher education certificate. Licia is currently a theatre arts teacher at the Choiseul Secondary School.
Licia believes that the St. Lucian Carnival is a true celebration of the diversity that exists among our people and is one time in the year when we all unite as one people and enjoy ourselves and celebrate the life we have. She believes that the National Carnival Queen Pageant is the most prestigious pageant in St. Lucia and one which pushes you to be your best and develop holistically as an individual, and this is something which she is striving towards.
Licia was inspired by the previous contestants who represented Soufriere in the National Pageant, who excelled, such as the 2012 Carnival Queen, Janelle Desir. She would like to continue the legacy and contribute towards the development and elevation of her community.