14 vie for Ms Universe JA North East crown

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Pageant season has officially kicked off with the selection of 14 girls who will compete for the coveted crown of Miss Universe Jamaica North East 2017.The finalists were unveiled and sashed by their respective sponsors at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St Ann, last Friday night.

The finalists, whose ages range between 18 and 27 years, include an entertainment coordinator, customer service representative, college and university students.

“Putting together a pageant of this nature is sometimes tedious but it is something that we enjoy doing. This year is going to be an excellent year because we also went all out to the crevices and corners across the region to find the best girls. We are very proud to say that we have a good set of girls this year,” Ricardo Foreman, a member of the pageant's organising team, told Jamaica Observer.

Now in its the fourth year, pageant franchise holder Shelle Parchment-Tweedie said sponsorship has increased this year.

“This event is an opportunity to showcase the beauty and grace that exists in North Eastern Jamaica. We have been lucky to maintain key relationships, especially within the north-east belt that have ensured our success over the last four years. We encourage more partnerships as the event is not one that just highlights the females, but also our local stakeholders as well.”

This year, the pageant has partnered with the Busy Signal 2020 Helping Hands Foundation to assist the St Ann's Bay Hospital.

“We have acquired the undertaking of upgrading the imaging department at the St Ann's Bay Hospital. Our first project is to purchase an X-ray machine because the current one is out of service at regular intervals,” said Nichola Simmonds-Gordon, foundation member.

Director of sales at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort, Guillermo Oliva said the hotel was happy to once again partner with the Miss Universe Jamaica North East pageant.

'This is our second year and we get involved in these kinds of initiatives because it is important for us to give back to the community. It's also a great event and we receive a lot of publicity from it,” said Oliva.

The 14 finalists in the Miss Universe Jamaica North East pageant are: Errol-Dene Kelly, Miss Ro Net Printing; Sashell Stephenson, Miss Moon Palace Jamaica Grande; Joddian Harper, Miss Eco Power; Renae Smith, Miss STJ Production; Alecia Harvey, Miss Usain Bolt Tracks and Records Ocho Rios; Tanisha Senior, Miss Jamaica Secure Solutions; Ciara Evans, Miss White Line Car Wash; Joana Durrant, Miss Mongoose Restaurant; Italee Vernard, Miss Elite Kreations; Jessica Vernon, Miss Khrishantii Swimwear; Nekoda Diedrick, Miss Diamonds Forever; Kemille Miller, Miss Starlight Production; Camelia Gayle, Miss Pineapple Court Hotel; and Jasmine Chung, Miss Artistic Communications Group.

The grand final of the Miss Universe Jamaica North East pageant is scheduled to take place on June 17 at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort. The winner will secure an automatic placement in the 2017 Miss Universe Jamaica pageant.






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