The thirteen contestants vying for the title of Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2021, paid a Courtesy Call on Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House on Wednesday (July 21, 2021).
The Governor-General warmly welcomed the group and described their visit as “refreshing.” He congratulated the ladies on advancing to this stage of the competition, noting the importance of the platform they have been given and its responsibilities. He added “You must remember wherever you go, you are queens. You have the responsibility as leaders to conduct yourselves accordingly and hold your heads high. You must be an example.”
Sir Patrick impressed on the contestants the necessity of seizing each moment, noting that although difficulties may arise, “victory can be snatched from the jaws of defeat through resilience and tenacity.” Give of your best, he admonished, “think of it as your one moment in time to make an impact. I look forward to congratulating the winner,” His Excellency continued.
Acknowledging the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Governor-General reiterated the need for continued service above self. He encouraged the contestants to, “challenge themselves and push forward with resolve to succeed.”
Chaperone, Mrs. Chavanese Campbell Brown told Sir Patrick that the contest organisers ensured that the young women received the guidance they needed. “They have been involved in a series of activities including sessions on diction, poise, speech and social graces,” Mrs. Campbell Brown stated. “The goal was to crown a winner who represents us all,” she added.
The coronation of the Festival Queen will take place at the Little Theatre on Sunday, August 1.