The new Miss Mas in the South for 2019 was named Saturday night (June 29)at the conclusion of the three and half-hour competition, on the Phillip Marcellin Grounds, located in Vieux Fort.
The evening was filled with talent, beauty, poise and elegance. Miss Tropical Solar, Kearnisha Amber Jeffery, 27, was crowned the new Miss Mas in the South after Miss Tunisia President was named second runner-up and Miss Nia Moncherry was named first runner-up.
Kearnisha, a lover of carnival and part-time model wowed the judges and had the audience in awe, walking away with all but one of the individual awards. The model from the RoyalitesxTreme Carnival Band, easily captured Best Costume, as she danced rhythmically to the sound of sweet Soca music.
“I’d like to assist the committee with activities and also work with the youth in the community.” — Kearnisha Jeffery
She wowed the judges with her answers in the interview segment, which required the contestants to be seated together with the interviewer (Amin Flood from Choice TV’s The Buzz) and in a conversation setting, answering a few questions that stemmed from their biographies.
Kearnisha admits that when she was first asked to be a contestant in the pageant, she didn’t want to. “When I spoke with my family, friends and coworkers they encouraged me to participate. Also hard work, time management and determination assisted in molding me to become who I am today.”
Kearnisha’s interest lies largely with youth advocacy and stressed that during her reign she would like to bring the youth together in different activities, and also form a few youth groups in her community and its environs.
“I’d like to assist the committee with activities and also work with the youth in the community. I’d like to give them a voice and attempt to bridge the generation gap so our elders can understand things from our point of view. If we can maintain such a positive relationship it is sure tofoster more initiatives geared towards youth development,” she said.
The new Queen was full of praise for the Vieux-Fort Carnival Committee and Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council and also her fellow contestants Gabrian Popo (1st National Bank), Tunisia President (All Steel Roofing and Electrical Inc), Anne Cecile Thomas (Southshore Trucking Services) and Nia Moncherry (The Cell) who all exhibited to the appreciative audience the talent and confidence that young women of the south and by extension Saint Lucia have to offer if given the opportunity.
Miss Mas In the South – Kearnisha Jeffrey
First Runner-up – Tunisia President
Second Runner-up – Nia Moncherry
People’s Choice Award- Kearnisha Jeffrey
Best Swimwear – Tunisia President
Best Costume – Kearnisha Jeffrey
Best Evening Wear – Kearnisha Jeffrey
Best Talent – Kearnisha Jeffrey
Best Interview- Kearnisha Jeffrey.