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.