Phillips-fans protest, but: Glenicia Mitchell is Senior Carnival Queen

POSTED: 05/2/12 11:41 AM

St. Maarten – The second time around proved to be the charm for Glenicia Mitchell, last year’s third runner up and this year’s Senior Carnival Queen. She was crowned early Thursday morning in front of a somewhat dis-satisfied crowd who threw a few soda cans on stage following the final announcement. While her supporters rushed on stage to issue congratulations, persons shouted “they cheat.”

Overwhelmed with emotion, the new queen burst into tears at the sound of her name as Carnival Queen 2012. On her Facebook page, the stately young woman, affectionately called ‘Flexy’, wrote “I am your Senior Carnival Queen / Miss St.Maarten 2012!! I worked for a year on this dream and it was not an easy night. I did what I came to do “prepare and conquer” I came, I saw, I conquered *Vini Vidi Vici*”

In the process, she beat out pageant favorite Carlishia Phillips, who was awarded the first runner up position. A gracious Phillips appealed to her supporters to calm down after they began protesting the judges’ decision. From atop the stage, Phillips told a section of the crowd, “It’s okay, it’s okay.” The judges’ decision came as a shock to many since Phillips was handed the most sashes for Best Culture Wear, Best Swimsuit, Best Talent (African dancing and fire-eating) and Ms. Amity.

Mitchell’s sharp intellect may have given her the edge as she emerged the victor of the preliminary speech competition which was held on April 14 with the theme being “I am the Prime Minister, Hear Me Now” and then secured the Best Interview on pageant night.

She will not only function as the Senior Carnival Queen but now holds the distinction of being the beauty ambassador for the island, as Ms. St.Maarten. The St.Maarten Carnival Development Foundation is already busy preparing a list of official visits and possible contests that the new queen will be able to compete in regionally and internationally.

Originally from St. Croix, Mitchell grew up in St.Maarten and attended the St.Maarten Academy. The twenty three year old now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts Management from the Thames Valley University in London. Among her many fascinations include the art of capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts that combines dance and music, tattoo artistry, creative writing and playing the guitar.

The young woman held a 40 point lead over the first runner up who was awarded 945 points. When asked if she had to show a visitor her island where would she take them and why, Mitchell responded “My Island has so many places that I cannot pick one. You can take them to the Longwall Road where history started with the slaves where you can see the plantations. I would take them to our 36 beaches, sea, sand, sun, fun and love. I would take them to our Court House, where our jurisdiction, our law and where the people stand for each other. I would take them along the beaches, coasts, Pic Paradise. There is more than one place that I can take them. There is no way that as a St.Maartener I will ever say that there is only one place that I can ever take them.”

The second runner-up position was awarded to Leysha de la Rosa who also copped the Ms. Photogenic and Best Evening Wear prize with 873 points. Third runner-up Jeanneth Provacia gained 871 points as well as the Best Costume and Ms. Popularity titles. Khalela Warno was the lone contestant who did not place in the competition.

In giving her final address 2011 Queen Trumane Trotman said, “The new Queen will have some big shoes to fill.”

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