IT was a full house on Wednesday evening at the PCJ Auditorium for the launch of the Chillin' Flavoured Water Miss Jamaica Caribbean Talented TEEN 2012. From start to finish, the gathering was entertained and the MC Randy James kept the vibes going for an entertaining evening.
The MC promised the gathering would be in for a treat, and the contestants definitely delivered. First up was a dance by Joneal Crawford and Safiyah Miller, followed by a hilarious skit from the pair Kabrena and Joan Sayah Dixon.
Shannon Johnson also graced the stage with a dialect entitled Pickney Life Hard, which was well received by the patrons. Candise Bulli, the reigning first runner-up for the pageant, joined the line-up performed a medley of TOK songs and wowed the audience.
Following Candise was a speech by the reigning queen Aba Sykes who shared her experiences of being a queen. This was followed by a brief greeting from Dorett Thaxter, the marketing and public relations director from Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
The main address was delivered by Lorna Napier, deputy chief executive officer of CPTC. She encouraged contestants to always put their best foot forward, and to grab any opportunity they get with both hands.
Sydney Bartley, director of culture, encouraged the contestants to walk proud with their heads held high knowing they are Jamaicans.
All 26 contestants took the stage and gave an introduction, after which they were sashed by their sponsors.
The contestants are: Afryea Cox, NPG Insurance Brokers Ltd; Beauty Brooks, Smart Choice Hardware; Danielle Black, Black Opal Cosmetics; Danielle Barrett, Listerine; Jewel Richards, JUTA Kingston; Joan-Sayah Dixon, SunCity Radio FM; Jody Ann Elliott, Spanish Grain Store; Johnique Francis, Shauna's 21st Century Salon; Joneal Crawford, Ashe Performing Arts Company; Kabrena Robinson, Waves Tropical Escape; Monique Treasure, Empire Supermarket; Nascine Morris, Torpedo Investment; Olivia Mills, Fantastic Fashions; Oshin Morgan, Axe Anarchy; Racquel Francis, Yard Travel; Safiya Miller, Skittles; Shacqella Headley, Da 4 Entertainment; Shamar Falconer, Clean and Clear; Sharol Shaw-Codling, Fabulous Trendz; Anecia Robinson, Sophia's Boutique; Ayanna Henry, Shanghai Town Restaurant; Jevoi Harvey, Liquid Herbal Nitro; Lahoya Fogoe, Braeton Pharmacy; Moya Shim, Bashco; Okelia Parchment, Eye Q Optical; and Shannon Johnson, Shalk Electronics Security Ltd.
Events manager Roneisha James expressed thanks to all the sponsors, mainly Chillin Flavoured Water — the title sponsor of the event — Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), University of Technology, Black Opal Cosmetics, Suncity Radio, E-PLUS, LINK TV and Skkan TEEN for assisting in making the pageant a reality.
The evening ended with a performance from Aba Sykes who performed a medley of Etana songs.
With each passing year, the competition becomes more competitive. If the launch was a indication of what is to come, the organisers promise that you will not be disappointed.
The grand coronation will be held on August 25 starting at 7:00 pm at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre.