The Miss Caribbean Culture will be live streamed on ComeSeeTv through a collaboration with Nevis TV. Here is the event link:
Don’t forget there are two events that make up this wonderful Caribbean Cultural Pageant; the swimsuit competition on August 5th, 2017 from 5 pm and then on August 7th, 2017 from 8:30 pm.
With ComeSeeTv, remember that immediately following the show, the Video on Demand (VOD) will be made instantly available afterwards, so if you missed it for whatever reason you can always watch it all over again right after.
Now, who is your favourite to win the Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant 2017?
Miss Carencia Rouse is 25 years old and was born in Anguilla. Having been raised on an island of insurmountable beauty, Carencia developed an interest in nature and the environment from an early age. This interest later developed into a burning passion that compelled Carencia to set out in pursuit of higher education to establish herself as a qualified contributor to this field of study. In 2010, Carencia graduated from the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies which qualified her to be later named Island Scholar. In 2011 she began undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Canada. During the four years she spent engaging in a wide range of interdisciplinary theory at this esteemed institution, Carencia developed a second passion for issues related to gender, marginalization and inequality and was pleasantly surprised that her two academic interests were mutually reinforcing. In 2015, Carencia graduated from Carleton University with a First Class Bachelor of Arts Honours in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Upon returning home, she began working at the Department of Environment as the Coordinator of Conservation Education. Raising environmental awareness in Anguilla and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts sum up Carencia’s work at the Department of Environment as she believes that environmental conservation is as important as social development and economic growth. As such, most of Carencia’s community involvement has been focused on remediating beach pollution, especially during the Sargassum invasion of 2015.
Summer 2016 brought great blessings for Carencia. She was ready to begin her Master’s journey upon being awarded a Chevening Scholarship and establishing herself as an ambassador for Anguilla. In yet another display of ambition, Carencia competed in the Miss Anguilla Pageant and was crowned Miss Anguilla 2016. Carencia is currently enrolled at the University of Oxford, completing the final stage of her Master’s in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance before she graduates in November of this year. In addition to her academic achievements, Carencia has established herself as an Elite member of From Within Dance Company for eight years where she combines two of her favourite hobbies- dancing and listening to music. During other moments of leisure, Carencia enjoys her third hobby, getting lost in the works of her favourite authors, Dan Brown and Sandra Brown, whose passion for their work translates effortlessly in their writing and compels Carencia to live vicariously through the characters in their books. While there is no individual that Carencia admires most, she is inspired by powerful female academics including Judith Butler and Donna Haraway.
With a personality that is cultivated by commitment, ambition and the relentless pursuit of whatever makes her happy, Carencia envisages a career as a regional consultant on environmental governance to help Anguilla and other Caribbean countries establish and improve their environmental resilience and sustainability through effective and context specific environmental initiatives. What lies at the center of Carencia’s success and plans for her future is the heartfelt belief that she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.
St. Croix - Elle Nielsen is an outgoing, goal-oriented 24 year-old, pursuing her dream as a professional dancer with a focus on choreography. Elle began her dancing career at the age of three, continuously growing as a dancer under the direction of some of St. Croix, USVI finest dance teachers. She has performed with various local dance groups including the Caribbean Dance School (11 years), Point Dance Academy (4 months) and as a company member and junior instructor at Cruzan Dance, Inc. (7 years). She is a currently a fitness instructor employed at one of New York’s largest gym franchise, a member of the performance based dance company Dance Works NYC, was a dance instructor at BRMJ Dance Studio, worked as a dance instructor in the Team Up programs year round, a member of the Diamond Squad Dance Company, and has worked with various local artists in the city of Jacksonville and New York. Elle firmly believes in being a well-rounded individual. Along with fulfilling the constant determination as a dance major she graduated Cum Laude from Jacksonville University receiving her BFA in dance and is also a proud member of the illustrious organization of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Two summers ago she successfully auditioned for the Urban Bush Women Professional Dance Company based in Brooklyn, New York, and will continue strive to be on the face of the world renowned company.
Elle has had the honor of proudly representing the U.S. Virgin Islands as Miss Hal Jackson’s Talented Teen 2008 in both the International ( top ten finalist) and Caribbean (1st runner up, and Best Talent) scholarship pageants, captured the title of Miss Omega Psi Phi at the fraternity’s annual scholarship pageant in 2014 at the Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. Recently, Elle won 1st place and was deemed top elite for the adult contemporary category at the KAS dance competition. She created a middle school dance team named F2R (Force to Reckon) and they performed locally around the city of Jacksonville. Being that Miss Nielsen has had the opportunity of working with all age groups and has taught all levels of education in the school system, her future aspirations is to obtain her MFA degree in choreography. She has continuously expanded her dance activities throughout the St. Croix, Jacksonville, and New York community by choreographing and performing for fundraising, major, and local events. Harriet Tubman said “every great dream begins with a dreamer, always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”. Elle has embraced that philosophy through the pursuit of her passion, which is her dream of dance excellence.
Trinidad and Tobago - It is safe to say that 25 year old Jenelle Thongs is on her way to becoming a woman after her own heart. Hailing from the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, this dynamic young woman is a true representation of living life to the fullest. Being a member of various groups in her school life such as RBTT Young Leaders, Junior Achievers, Mentorship Programme, Student Council, Choir, Drama, Track and Field, Team Captain, in both St François Girls’ College and Sixth Form Government Secondary as well as Class Representative and Peer Advisor at UWI, has undeniably taught her the ideals of leadership, teamwork, hard work, and diligence amongst others. As involved as she was, she still made time for her loved ones as surrounding herself by her family and friends is an integral part of not only her day but her very being.
Her studies in Biology at the University of the West Indies as well as her dream to pursue a masters in Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean is all part of her plan to become an active member in both the zoological and environmental community. She hopes to increase efforts that protect, preserve and conserve the flora and fauna not only in her twin island but the region as a whole. This passion was fuelled at a young age when she first volunteered at the Trinidad and Tobago Society for the Protection of Cruelty against Animals and more recently with the company Event Engineers at their first annual “WilderNICE” event that celebrated World Earth Day. Her studies, coupled with both her work and volunteering experience has concreted her passion. Now, as a new member of Caribbean Youth Environment Network her visions of protecting, preserving and conserving our precious resources that make the Caribbean undeniably special while fostering Caribbean integration through partnership and corporation are definitely attainable.
Volunteering is another means through which Jenelle has decided to give back to her country. She recently volunteered at the Special Olympics which proved to be an amazing experience. It truly solidified the notion that giving of one’s time is one of the most valuable things one can do. As member of the NGO, Reach Out and Touch, her beliefs and values with respect to the wellbeing and holistic teaching of children, particularly those who come from less than desirable situations, has surely increased especially as an employee of the Ministry of Education.
Pageantry is close to Jenelle’s heart as she believes this forum can be used for personal growth, uplifting women, greater appreciation for one’s country and the ability to bring awareness on various issues. As a survivor of child abuse she uses pageantry as a means of showing young men and women that their circumstance does not determine their outcome as she herself is an overcomer through the love of God. After a three year hiatus from pageantry in 2013 and returning in 2016, Jenelle has captured three local titles most recently Miss Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Queen 2017 as well as one international title, Miss Heritage International 2016 which was held in December 2016 in Sri Lanka.
One of this avid reader’s favourite quote is “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody instead of something for somebody you will end up not doing anything for anybody” so she lives her life trying to be an inspiration to others and helping whenever she can, one day at a time. Jenelle’s ultimate goal is to utilize her skills to effectively become an upstanding citizen of Trinidad and Tobago that is actively environmentally and socially aware while promoting the three factors of sustainable development in the Caribbean via her personal life, professional life and through pageantry.
With all that has been said Jenelle truly hopes to exude the warmth of her people, bring smiles to everyone that she meets and leave a lasting impression in their hearts.
Dominica - Jade Shari Romain, 25 years of age, was born on December 2nd 1991 on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica.
Her educational journey began at the Goodwill Primary School, she then segued in the Dominica Grammar School where she achieved 9 CXC CSEC passes, 5 of which are Grade One's. Being a proud graduate of the Dominica State College and the holder of Associate Degrees in Accounting and French, Jade also gained A-Level credentials in Accounting and General Paper. She is currently an undergraduate student of the University of the West Indies where she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and it is in this field she intends to mold a career for herself in the next five years of life.
Gainfully employed at the National Co-operative Credit Union, attached to the Human Resource Department as a Member Services Representative, Jade's life philosophy is a quote from Mother Teresa which states, "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
Her passion for adventure and the positive development for the youth has fostered her hobbies which include hiking, exploring new places, reading novels and providing support to the scholarship students which her employer sponsors on an annual basis during the secondary and tertiary levels of their education.
Being raised in a single parent household by a mother who suffers from a mental condition, Jade has grown to appreciate the good and positivity in everyone around her and has a special interest in improving public knowledge in all aspects of public health and reducing stigma towards those affected with mental illness.
Jade is a humble, friendly and intelligent young lady, who values family, education, the wellbeing of others and environmental conservation.
Not having any pageant experience prior to contesting for the Miss Dominica title, Jade remained focused as always, worked extremely hard to win her title and is proud of her accomplishment. She is also proud to be an ambassador for her country and to represent her people locally, regionally and internationally.
Individuals who Jade admires the most include her mother, Ruth Emanuel, who instilled hard work, prayer and determination in her; former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama for her drive to champion the cause to elevate women and girls in all facets of society and her former employer the late Mr. Anderson Jolly of Jolly's Pharmacy for his contribution to the development of Dominica.
Guyana - Lisa Keisha Walcott is a young woman with an extraordinary love for life. Her repertoire of talents includes dancing and acting. The model's ultimate passion is singing, she can't go a day without it. Modelling has given her a louder voice to sound her beliefs on the importance of suicide prevention since she lost her brother to this act.
The 5'6 model who received her education at South Ruimveldt Secondary, dreams of becoming an engineer. Balancing her dream, while making a living, Walcott ensures she has her safety net. A lesson learn from one of her role model's Meleesa Payne. Walcott also encourages young people to stay focused and know the importance of education.
Lisa believes that every child has the right to a safe and loving home with a standard education, food, clothing, medical attention and the absolute right to dream of becoming a successful and respectable individual in society. She added that children fall victim to many dangers due to neglect, rejection and false love which she is no a stranger too since she would have experience some amount of child neglect and child abuse. Lisa believes that with the right moral standards enforced through communication from parents, guardians, teachers and adults, children can be molded to become responsible and positive leaders.
Montserrat - In the year 1995 devastation hit the beautiful island of Montserrat, when the Soufrière Hills erupted. Infrastructures were demolished and later in 1997 lives were loss. 1995 was a year of grief and despair. Among all the sadness and trials a few families found joy and hope. This hope could have been seen in the glistening eyes of the next generation of Montserratians.
Within that same year a young Montserratian named Shermaine Meade gave birth to a baby girl. The baby girl grew up to be a driven, hardworking, determined and spontaneous young woman. That young woman is me, Zenoushka Meade. I am 21 years old and I am of proud Montserratian descent.
I hold an Associate’s Degree in Resort Management from the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelors in Management-International Business at the University of the West Indies.
My hobbies include poetry writing, craft and historical research. I also have interest in the different art forms such as drama.
When I am not broadening my knowledge, expressing myself through art, helping others or just having fun with my friends, I am out sharpening my managerial skills. I am currently the operations manager of a newly established digital media company, Number15 Grapics.Animation.Video.
During my younger years I was an amateur runway and photo model, an esteemed debater and a volunteer to the disabled. I have supported the no bullying within school’s campaign by being a part of the construction of an informative billboard. Upon placing second runner up in the annual Miss Montserrat Queen pageant 2015, I have started my own no bullying campaign (which is a pending collaborative effort between myself and CARICOM youth ambassadors) on Montserrat.
In conclusion I am a well-rounded, ambitious and vibrant individual, whose greatest desire is to be a true ambassador for my island.
Nevis - Clayticia Daniel affectionately called .T.C. was born on the 25th of August, 1995 to Ermine and Clayton Daniel. The third of four she comes from humble backgrounds out of the beautiful village of Butler’s. It was at the tender age of 5 that young Clayticia knew that she would like to make her impact on the world. The year 2006 gave rise to her interest in pageantry where she entered the then Gingerland Primary School pageant placing first runner up. In the upcoming years she let her love for pageantry blossom as she entered various others finally attaining victory last year April in the Miss Rex Nettleford Hall 2016 show as Miss Rex 2016. It was in that same year that she entered the Miss Culture Queen pageant in July 2016 emerging victorious as Ms. Culture Queen 2016.
As an ambassador for her country she seeks to raise awareness in Ailed Healthcare. Currently, she is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in the field of Radiography at the University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica. In her training and in her role as Miss Culture 2016-17 she has started voluntary hours at the hospital in the Radiology department. A caring individual she not only wishes more growth for her country economically but also development in the medical field.
Miss Daniel believes that all young adults should aim to further themselves in education. She graduated at the top of her class with 14 CSEC subjects attaining 9 distinctions in 2012. She strongly believes in the quote by Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. In self building exercises she entered numerous essay competitions where she placed 2nd in the 2013 OECS ECCB essay competition and 1st place in the Youth and Sports essay competition 2014.
Clayticia gained the title of Junior Minister of Tourism for Nevis in the year 2011. She then travelled to St. Martin in that year where she placed 2nd regionally being the first Nevisian to have ever placed in the top three at the CTO youth forum. Her leadership skills have allowed her to hold several positions in youth groups namely the President of her high school’s Junior Achiever group and most recently being the secretary of the Nevis Island Youth Council last year 2015. She also participated in the Model Organization of the American States in March 2015 where she was Secretary of the third committee.
There is also a love for debating in her heart. While at the Nevis Sixth Form College she was a part of the debating group during 2013-2014 travelling to Antigua in 2013 and Montserrat in 2014. She gained the opportunity to be the lead debater in her second year where she helped her Team, “Team Nevis” to move forward to semi-finals. In 2015 she gained victory in the first ever debate put on by the Nevis Island Youth Council. She firmly believes in her country’s motto, Country Above Self. It is through that motto that she became a teacher in the year 2014-2015 just before leaving for University as she aims to consistently give back to her lovely nation.
It is with passion and zeal that she now enters the Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant 2017, as she once again has the prestige to represent her island regionally. A job that she will carry out to the best of her ability.
St. Kitts - 25-year-old Katherina Davis is a proud citizen of the federation of St. Kitts & Nevis. This jovial Kittitian affectionately known as Kathy, stands confidently at 5 feet 11 inches, believing that hard work and determination are both so essential to achieving many of her goals. This has proven to be true both in her recent endeavor in pageantry and her long time involvement in fashion modeling. Although having recently stepped onto the pageantry scene and copping the top place in the St. Kitts-Nevis National Carnival Queen Pageant 2016-2017, Kathy’s place has always been in fashion runway and commercial modeling. Her signature walk and classic beauty have led to her many appearances on regional and local runways with a strong desire to one day secure a modeling contract with a reputable international agency.
Of her other special interests which include traveling and dancing Kathy’s charismatic, generous, enthusiastic and amicable personality is often most prominent during her involvement in volunteer programmes or her community. Throughout the years, she has been hosting after school homework assistance at her home, organising community beautification projects and eagerly acting as an assistant for her community library.
In the next five years she would like to become a greater asset to her current place of employment the St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She also intends on continuing to work with her family the ‘Tyson’s Family Dream Big Charity’, an organization that assists students to become connected with professionals who occupy careers of which these students are interested in pursuing.
Although an avid reader, Katherina has no favourite author, as she prefers to read on various topics, which may act as a guide in her current life position. However, she finds inspiration in individuals who dare to pursue their dreams no matter how unconventional. The person she admires most is a highly respected young female entrepreneur in her very own country by the name of Desi Brown. Desi possesses a strong passion for the arts and the will power to pursue her goals despite her youthful age and any negativity surrounding her. Kathy dubs this ‘’the will of fire’’; strength of character she wishes to adopt as she pursues her own aspirations in life. As life would have it, the 23 year old Director of Poise SKN now happens to be her Chaperone and Pageant Coach.
St. Maarten - “Today’s moments are tomorrow’s memories so make everyday last a lifetime”. Miss Shanice Powell is a jewel of the beautiful island of St. Maarten. Born in the melting pot of the Caribbean 25 years ago, Shanice is the only child of her mother.
Shanice developed a love for people hence her choice of career in the Hospitality Industry. She attributes her hard work ethic and moral values with her Caribbean upbringing and when she relocated to St. Maarten after her studies in the US, Shanice realized a very successful career as an executive assistant and event planner.
In 2012 Shanice travelled to Barcelona to develop her people management skills. Soon there after Shanice acquired her associates’ degree in the Hospitality Industry specializing in Hotel & Tourism Management at the University of St. Martin in 2013. Shanice continued with her education at the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Miami where she was inducted into the honors society “Eta Sigma Delta” and graduated with a Bachelors degree in the Hospitality Industry specializing in Sports, Entertainment and Event Management with honors in 2015. She has been has been privileged to be chosen as an ambassador at both of her colleges. Her latest accomplishment is capturing the crown of Miss St. Maarten 2017/2018. She enjoys activities such as volleyball, planning/organizing social events, music, reading, singing in the shower and dancing.
From a young age Shanice has always loved pageantry and dreamt of one day becoming Miss St. Maarten. In 2013 she tried, though unsuccessful, she did not give up. “Every setback is a setup for a great comeback” and Shanice has proven that, when 4 years later she captured the crown to become Miss St. Maarten 2017/2018.
As an active volunteer for many years, Shanice believes in giving back and making a difference in the world around her. This happy JWU and USM Alumni volunteers countless hours for a broad spectrum of causes; such as beach clean ups, spending time with the children at the “Miami Childrens Hospital”, donating blood and serves countless hours at several other events. She’s committed to using her God’s given talents to nurture an empower those in need.
Abraham Lincoln once said “The best way to predict your future is to create it” Shanice intends to do just that. She aspires to complete her Masters in the Hospitality Industry specializing in Human Resources. She envisages herself as being a contributing factor in her community. Being a good natured and a helpful person Shanice desires to be a role model through the medium of event planning.
Shanice is excited at the possibility of representing her country. Although there are many delegates to choose from, her goal is to remain true and humble while portraying the best representation of herself and her country St. Maarten.
St. Vincent - Jeanetta Richards now 23 years of age, was born to Debra Richards Charles and Jerry Charles on June 10th 1993, at the then Kingstown General Hospital, St Vincent.
She began her education at the Calliaqua Anglican School and went on to attend the St Vincent Girls' High School where she achieved seven (7) CSEC passes. In 2012, Jeanetta applied and was accepted into the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, Division of Nursing Education. She was successful in completing the program in 2015 and now holds an associated degree in Nursing. Jeanetta sat the Regional Examination for Nurse Registration (RENR) 2016 and was successful.
Jeanetta enjoys reading, singing, dancing and is an active member of the Winfresh SouthEast Steel Orchestra.
Jeanetta governs herself by the philosophy "if you stand for nothing, you fall for anything.” She believes that it is important for an individual to have values and goals and use them as a continuous driving force.
A lover of pageants, Jeanetta entered many pageants. This prompted her to enter the Miss SVG pageant in 2016.
Jeanetta is a fun, loving and jovial individual who exemplifies all the qualities of a great leader. Jeanetta aspires to pursue a career in nursing, specifically serving as a Nurse Anesthetist, a highly respected field of nursing that is in high demand. She chose this career path because of the joy one experiences, knowing that someone trusts them to provide the highest standard of nursing care, when they are unable to care for themselves.
Everyday Jeanetta encounters new people, who often leave a solid impression. She believes that it is very difficult to choose one or two persons she admires most because, everyone who has made a positive impact on her, will always be admired for their contribution, in molding her into the person she is today.
St. Lucia - Tyler Theophane is a 19-year-old youth activist who hails from the culturally rich community of Caffeire in Choiseul, Saint Lucia. She is the second of three siblings and is currently employed at Financial Investment and Consultancy Services Ltd. (FICS) an indigenous financial institution.
Tyler is a graduate of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in environmental science. These qualifications did not come about by accident, as she is an avid lover of nature who intends to pursue her dream of becoming an environmentalist.
Tyler’s love for nature consumes her spare time which entail an abundance of outdoor activities includes hiking. She is also an avid reader, and readily admits that when the adventurer in her is tamed, she can be found snuggling up with a good book penned by her favorite authors Stephanie Mills, E.L. James or more recently Samantha King, at what better place than one of the island’s beautiful beaches.
Her community of Caffeire is an extremely closely knit family type community. She proudly proclaims her mother, to be the most profound influence in her life. The adage that ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ finds root in Tyler’s life as she has followed closely in the footsteps of her mother who either participates in or is responsible for organizing community sporting and social activities.
Tyler is involved in all of the youth clubs in her community and a participant in the many activities that naturally flow from such membership. She has pioneered the development of an all-girls youth group which was launched this year and which focusses on the empowerment of young women.