Nine to compete in French pagaent

The participants
The participants

Nine students from primary schools across the island are set to participate in the first ever Mademoiselle Francophonie slated for March 31 at the Arawak House of Culture.

The pageant will be the culminating activity for Francophone Month 2013.

Coordinator, Charlene White-Christian, said the pageant was included in the activities for this year’s Primary Schools’ French Festival since the International Organisation for Francophonie places emphasis on youth and their talents.

“We decided that the pageant was one of the ways that we can display the talents of the students of our primary schools,” she noted.

The students will represent French speaking countries from around the world.

Sherenn Leblanc of the Penville Primary School will represent Mauritius, Jamoia Bruno of the Goodwill Primary School wil represent Madagascar, Neisha Durand of the WS Steven Primary School will represent France while Nia Blaze of the Massacre Primary School will represent Ivory Coast.

Other contestants include Maquelle Phillip of the Pioneer Prep representing Senegal, Precious Riviere of the St Martin Primary School representing Cameroon, Neera Jno Baptiste of Warner Primary School representing Haiti, Makeeba Francis from the Roseau Primary School representing Belgium and Hana Raffoul of the Convent Prep representing Lebanon.

White-Christian explained that the contestants will compete in four rounds which will include a short speech in French, performing arts where the contestants are expected to put on a talent piece in any of the 3 languages represented (English, French, creole).

The French fashion wear round is the third round and students will be expected to use the colours of the French flag to create a casual wear. The final round is the Francophone wear round and in this segment, students will wear something that is typically worn by inhabitants of the Francophone country that they represent.

The contestants were presented to the press and sashed by Ophelia Marie on Wednesday morning.

The winner of the Mademoiselle Francophonie Pageant will receive tickets for two to the neighbouring French territories.

Other major events for Francophone month are Poetry Night featuring the works of Gilda Thebaud Nassief from the collection “Glimpses” scheduled for Friday March 15th, a French food fair on March 17th, an exhibition and a play entitled “Cahier d’un retour au pays natal” on March 20th.

Tickets for the pageant cost $10.

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  1. i know
    March 16, 2013

    go sher sher we love you take that crown all the way to penville
    open the pcture you will see her face properly

  2. MissB
    March 15, 2013

    We’re taking this crown all the way up north. Go for it Sher

  3. March 15, 2013

    see my nesha na :-D

  4. March 14, 2013


  5. Affection8
    March 14, 2013

    Too many pageant. Everything is a pageant pageant. ramen ramen give us dasheen instead. lol. so what about the boys? how are you involving them in this. french is not just for girls. you education people are always marginalizing the boys. do something so boys can participate as well.

    • Kelshia Breezie
      March 21, 2013


  6. YEP
    March 14, 2013


  7. pageant enthusiast
    March 14, 2013

    Very good initiative by the Ministry of Education. Charlene keep up the good work.

  8. budman
    March 14, 2013

    boy we love to hold on to the french. dem same french who exploited us worst than the english did.

    • ti nom
      March 14, 2013

      its important to learn a second language

    • Faceup
      March 14, 2013

      Bud man go take a chill pill, stupid !!

  9. concerned
    March 14, 2013

    A quelle heure? ou peut on acheter les tickets?

  10. AuntyM
    March 14, 2013

    Good luck to Penville Government School!! All the best Sher we love you!

  11. MAE
    March 14, 2013

    We love you sher-sher from the penville school.Go for it!

  12. kolok
    March 14, 2013

    DNO why is the student from penville face not featured clearly.
    You should ensure that all pics are clear

    • Anonymous
      March 14, 2013

      Two of the students are not in their own pictures, why are they sharing with another student and one student have two photos where is shown clearly. Doesn’t look good at all to give preferential treatment!!!

  13. congrats
    March 14, 2013

    go neisha all the way

  14. simplicity
    March 13, 2013

    All the best to all the girls.. Go Jamoia, I am proud of you!!

  15. Anonymous
    March 13, 2013

    go neisha all the way :) :) :)

  16. Past Warner student
    March 13, 2013

    go for it my cousin, i no u will make us proud

  17. Flower
    March 13, 2013

    Good luck to all the beautiful young ladies….especially Massacre School!!!!!

  18. itassi4us
    March 13, 2013

    Good Luck to the student from Penville. Proud of u ,darling. u Go, girl!!

  19. Anonymous
    March 13, 2013

    penville go

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