A Convent Prep student is the first ever 2013 Mademoiselle Francophonie.
Hana Raffoul Andre emerged victorious over her eight other competitors at the Arawak House of Culture on Sunday evening.
First runner up position went to Precious Riviere of St. Martin’s Primary School, second runner was Marquelle Phillip of Pioneer Prep and Sherenn Leblanc of Penville Primary took the fourth place. Hana Raffoul Andre received the award for best in Francophonie wear, Ms Amenity went to Precious Riviere, the awards for Ms. Photogenic and Best French wear went to Jamoia Bruno, Best Oral Presentation to Marquelle Phillip, and Best Talent to Neera Jno Baptiste.
Other participants were Nia Blaize from the Massacre Primary, Marckeba Francis from the Roseau Primary and Neisha Durand from W.S. Stevens School.
The participants were judged in French Oral Presentation, Performing Talent, French Fashion Wear, and Francophonie wear depicting the Francophonie countries such as Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Madagascar, Senegal, Belgium, France, Cameroun and Lebanon.
In an interview with DNO, Coordinator of the pageant, Charlene White Christian, said the show exceeded her expectations.
“I’m blown away. I knew that the children were working very hard but I did not expect this quality. They put on such a wonderful show and I am so pleased because the parents themselves also put themselves out. I was most impressed with the francophone national wear round where the children had to portray their francophonie wears … the children just did a marvelous job,” she said.
Christian said further that the show is expected to be an annual event.
“It is supposed to be an annual show and we are hoping in the near future that there will be an international Ms. Francophonie Pageant but it started here,” she said.
Christian also said the show was filmed and will be sent to the Paris branch for their feedback and is hopeful that the event will be sponsored bigger and it will spread throughout the region and hopefully the world.
“All the areas can be improved to make it even better but probably the area that I may see needs a little improvement is the oral presentation. Some of them the language was rather basic we had others use a lot of idioms, expressions and that is probably something we have to work on we have to do with the students so next year everybody will be on the same level,” She pointed out.
The theme of the was: ‘Le Francais Toujour Vivant’ and it brought the curtains down on Francophonie Month.