Each week day, starting Monday, June 17, 2013, St. Lucia News Online will publish a biography of a contestant in the Miss Gros Islet Carnival Queen Pageant, scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Gaiety, Rodney Bay, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Nineteen-year-old Novella St. Juste is a resident of Beausejour, Gros Islet. She was raised in a single-parent household with six siblings; she describes her mum as a “diamond in the rough”.
Novella enjoyed going to school at the Sir Ira Simmons. She studied mathematics, English, social studies, principles of business, Spanish, food and nutrition and electronic document preparation management. As a student, she learnt the value of team spirit, determination and providing support to worthwhile events in more than just words.
Novella was never a lover for track and field however she constantly signed up for sporting activities, ensuring that her House “Flamboyant” would excel in athletics at the school’s annual sports meet.
She is motivated by her love for learning and succeeding and continues striving to become one of the most outstanding women in today’s society. She gets pleasure from reading, dancing, modeling and cooking, and found these hobbies incredibly relaxing. After graduating in 2010 from the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary school, Novella opted to pursue a two-year diploma in travel and tourism at the National Research and Development Foundation; she goes by the motto: “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to earn it to win it”.
When her imagination is not being set ablaze by the printed word, Novella engages herself in watching a good movie that portrays lessons for everyday living. One of her favourite movies is Beauty and the Beast, which illustrates the yearning for a life beyond the present hustle, fascination, callousness and retribution, love and family, and of course, a hopeful happy ending.
Novella sense of adventure and entrepreneurship will lead her in the not too distant future to traveling the world and to eventually return to her homeland St. Lucia to open her very own bakery — making the most delightful and delicious cakes and pastries.