Tamara Similien of the Marigot Secondary School emerged the winner of the 2012 Jennès Kwéyòl Pageant on Tuesday, October 23.
She triumphed over four other contestants from the Castries Comprehensive, Micoud, Vide Bouteille, and Sir Ira Simmons secondary schools.
The Jennès Kwéyòl Pageant is organised by the Folk Research Centre (FRC) and formed part of activities for Creole Heritage month. The show is designed to encourage positive affirmation of local culture among young people, and the student population particular.
The contestants made three appearances before the judges – Talent, Special Wear and Pawòl Jennès.
Tamara Similien won the talent segment, Gabrianne Charlemagne from the Micoud Secondary won the Special Wear component, and Shenell Delise of the Sir Ira Simmons won the Pawòl Jennès component. But Tamara Similien was deservedly the overall winner for her consistently excellent performances in all categories.
LUCELEC was among the main sponsors for the show for the second year running.
The company’s Corporate Communications Manager, Roger Joseph, says engaging young people in celebrating and promoting St. Lucia’s cultural traditions is an excellent platform for its sustenance.
“The Jennès Kwéyòl show is a wonderful mix of culture, youth, human expression and sustainability. We’re more than happy to partner with the Folk Research Centre in providing this avenue for young people to engage St. Lucia’s creole culture in such an exciting way,” he added.