Senior pageant contestants gearing up for speech/culture competition

POSTED: 04/6/11 12:53 PM

~ Focus on Country St. Maarten ~

St. Maarten – The nine contestants of the Miss St. Maarten Senior Carnival Queen Pageant are currently preparing for their Speech and Culture Wear competition which will be held on Sunday, April 17 at the Carl & Sons Unique Inn conference room in Cole Bay.

“The competition forms part of the overall pageant but, because of the nature of the competition and amount of contestants, is being held 10 days earlier to give it “the necessary attention and focus it deserves,” Pageant Coordinator of the Pageant Lisette Carty said.

Carty explained that each girl will have to deliver a short speech discussing what Country St. Maarten means to them. The contestants will also have to display a cultural outfit designed with the primary colors red, white and blue.

“So they will be judged for both the speech and the cultural wear. These points will carry over to the show itself to be added to the overall score of the contestants,” Carty said.

The event is open to the public but seating is limited. As such, the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will be selling limited advanced tickets for US $10, available only at the SCDF office in the Festival Village on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

President of the SCDF Stuart Johnson said the speech and culture wear competition gives the contestants the opportunity to express to the public what they truly feel about the country they might be representing regionally as an ambassador if crowned Senior Queen.

“We are looking forward to having some of our government officials in attendance to hear what the contestants have to say about Country St. Maarten. The contestants also know that a good performance at this event sets the pace for the pageant itself, so it should not be underestimated in the larger scope of things,” Johnson said.

He went on to thank management of Carl & Sons for generously donating the space to the SCDF to use for the competition.

“It’s a partnership that we are very grateful for,” Johnson concluded.


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