The six, ranging in age between 12 and 17 came out last week to introduce themselves to a representative of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, Ms Danienne Brin, Executive Assistant to the General Manager Mr. Lenworth Harris, when she handed a sponsorship cheque to assist the contestants with their preparations for the pageant.
“The Development Bank is very much encouraged to see that the school is giving these lovely young ladies the opportunity to participate in nation building activities like everybody else,” said Ms. Brin. “The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is proud of its culture and for these young girls to be exposed to it, is a step in the right direction.”
According to Ms. Brin, the Development Bank sponsored the reigning Ms. Culture Queen, Santonnya Mills, the reigning Ms. National Carnival Queen, Kalia Huggins, and the reigning Ms. Mother’s Day Beauty Queen, Allison Budgeon.
“While we sponsored individual contestants for the three pageants, the school has asked us to sponsor all the contestants, and at the end of the day Development Bank will be having an additional six queens as all of them are winners. It is not easy to participate in such a gruelling event and we at the bank congratulate the school and these six young ladies,” said Ms Brin.
The contestants in the pageant, to be held at the school on Saturday July 7th at 7:00 pm are: Khadija Davis, 12; Kyra Matthew, 13; Phinllicia Wattley, 14; Shaqkesha Joseph, 15; Melony Greene, 16; and Kenesha Davis, 17.
In accepting the sponsorship cheque from the Development Bank, the school’s Principal, Mrs Michele Jacobs, informed that the Cotton-Thomas Comprehensive School holds a week of activities every two years, aimed at making the public aware as to what special education is all about and the programmes they offer.
“It is the first time we have decided to do a pageant,” said Mrs Jacobs. “A lot of the people feel that children who come to school here they can’t do anything, and so one of the ways that we felt that we can promote what our children are capable of is to have a pageant.
“The children are excited about it because other schools hold pageants and they feel left out, and so we felt that we want them to feel just like normal children and so we decided to embark on it.”
According to the principal, the other reason they are holding the pageant is because the school needs some supplies and a photocopier especially. She thanked the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis for responding positively to their call for financial assistance.
The pageant is open to members of the public who will pay to enter, and the money raised from gate collections will go towards the purchase of a photocopier. She made a passionate appeal to members of the public to support the pageant by turning up in large numbers.