On Saturday, February 29th 2020 at the Castries City Hall, Miss Jalanie Jules of Castries South was crowned the new Miss Junior Castries 2020. The pageant which went under the theme “My Community, My Vision” was organized by the Artistic and Cultural Youth Development Canvas (ACYDC) and was in commemoration of St. Lucia’s 41st Independence celebrations. Five young girls between the ages of 10 – 12 participated, namely Yassa Henry representing Castries Central, Linelle Reynolds representing Babonneau, Kayla Mc Laurence representing Castries East, Tamis Modeste representing Castries North and Jalanie Jules representing Castries South.
The young girls became ambassadors to their communities and throughout the pageant they were tasked with presenting ideas for youth and community development in their respective constituencies, while also embracing the history and culture of their constituencies. Miss Jalanie Jules was able to capture the crown as well as 8 of the 11 individual segment awards. She was awarded Miss Congeniality, Most Disciplined, Best Introduction, Best in Formal Wear, Best Promotional Speech, Most Outstanding Talent, Best in Princess Gown and Best Interview.
Miss Photogenic and Best in Creative Wear both went to Miss Linelle Reynolds and Miss Social Media went to Miss Tamis Modeste.
In the end the final results were as follows:
2nd Runner Up – Linelle Reynolds (Miss Babonneau)
1st Runner Up – Tamis Modeste (Miss Castries North)
Miss Junior Castries 2020 – Jalanie Jules (Miss Castries South)
Miss Anna Avril of Castries East who was the reigning Miss Junior Castries 2019 was able to gracefully pass on her legacy to the new winner. Also present to provide support to the contestants were Miss Independence 2020, Akia Chiquot, Mr. Independence 2020, Mr. Michael Mc Lauren as well as the reigning Miss Plus Size Universe, Miss Annabel Rollins of St. Lucia. The pageant was also supported by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Saint Lucia.
By: Giovanni Charles