There were also outstanding performances in the Junior Calypso Competition, but in the end it was a young dynamic contender from the Basseterre High School who outclassed the rest of the field to secure the crown.
There were no complaints from the audience as this year’s Talented Teen and Junior Calypso Monarch were announced.
Pernelle Abraham showed a mixture of hard work, poise and confidence as she elegantly crossed the stage throughout the various categories of the competition. Her answers in the interview segment showed a level of intellect that stretches far beyond the average teen.
MiyVue.com had a few words with her after the competition. She said she had spent many hours in preparation for this event which aided in boosting her confidence as the night progressed.
The young Miss Abraham dominated all the categories and won with a total score of 683 points.
She said she felt blessed and was honored to be crowned queen this year and is looking forward to representing the Federation in the regional teen pageant ahead, next year.
Her mother, who was ecstatic, said she was happy for her daughter, stating that she was very proud of her daughter’s achievement. Kisses, hugs and cheers of praise were also showered on the new Queen by family and friends, on and also back stage; gathering around to have their picture taken with her.
First Runner up went to Sheneeqwa Rogers of Verchild’s High School with 518 points received. Second Runner up was received by Xarriah Brown of Washington Archibald High School with a total of 497 points.
The stage was also teaming with musical talent for the Junior Calypso Monarch Competition. The young boys and girls gave it their all and displayed their craft well, with meaningful lyrics, creative costumes, paired with tremendous stage presence.
There was definitely no lack of stage presence for the victorious new King Chris, “De Conqueror”, who took the crown with 260 points. The stage is definitely home for the young Christian Nathaniel. This newcomer to the calypso scene flowed like a veteran. This was his first appearance on a national stage. Footwork appeared effortless for the Boys Brigade Choir Vocalist/Organist. He also spends his time as a member of various Moravian Church Choirs.
Christian wanted to give a big thank you to his Chaperones Austin and Beverly. Praise was given to his Parents, Grandparents, and Mr. Pemberton whom he wanted to thank for being patient with him throughout this experience.
De Conqueror defeated the defending monarch K’moya Laws(Singing Solution) into First Runner-up and; Rhassani Gordon(Mighty Saani) was Second Runner-up. The Third Runner-up was Shajunee Gumbs (Singing Sha-D).
1st Runner up: K’moya Laws – Singing Solution 220 points
2nd runner up: Rhasaani Gordon – Mighty Saani 212 points
3rd Runner up: Shajunee Gumbs – Singing Sha-D 210 points
Generally, both contests proved to be very exciting. The competitions were jointly held at the Sugar Mill, Warner Park, Basseterre.