Monday 24th April, 2017 (St. Kitts & Nevis)– The Hon. Shawn Richards made a brief but noteworthy presentation to Ms. Shantara Hewlett, 2nd Runner-Up in the Sugar Mas 45 National Carnival Queen Pageant, who will be traveling this week to represent St. Kitts in Grenada, in the event’s inaugural staging.
The competition, dubbed ‘Miss Caribbean United Pageant,’ will be held on Saturday 29th April. It will feature 9 ladies including our very own Ms. Hewlett, along with Ms. Xarriah Browne from Nevis. According to Mr. Noah Mills, Chairman of the St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival Committee (SKNNCC), Ms. Hewlett was selected based on her placement in the Sugar Mas 45 National Carnival Queen Pageant.
Mills noted that normally, after the National Carnival Queen Pageant, it is only the Queen or perhaps the 1st Runner-Up who gets an opportunity to travel overseas. However,Minister Richards is very excited about extending these opportunities to young professionals, hence the 2nd Runner-Up will be our Ambassador at this Pageant.
The Hon. Shawn Richards, in his comments, also expressed his confidence that Ms. Hewlett would do the Federation proud therefore expressing his appreciation.
“This Pageant being held in Grenada, as previously mentioned, is the first of its kind and we are hoping that Ms. Hewlett will make history in being the first person to win the show and to ensure that St. Kitts and Nevis will be the first holder of the crown. I have no doubt that you will represent the Federation to the best of your ability,” he said.
Mr. Richards gave Ms. Hewlett a bouquet as a token of appreciation. “On behalf of the Ministry and the SKNNCC, as a token of our appreciation, I present you with this bouquet. When you look at his bouquet I want you to think of the beauty of St. Kitts, your own beauty and the fact that you will be coming back home with the crown!” exclaimed Mr. Richards.
Ms. Hewlett was appreciative of the gesture and thanked the Minister, his Ministry, as well as, the SKNNCC. “I’d like to say a very heartfelt thank you and to everyone here for giving me this opportunity. It is very surprising and I am very excited for the Pageant ahead and so I say thank you,” she remarked.
In closing, Mr. Mills noted that the Carnival Committee and the Ministry of Culture’s contribution to Ms. Hewlett’s preparations was in excess of $11,000 EC dollars. He ended by again congratulating Ms. Hewlett and thanking her for accepting the responsibility to represent our island.