Little Miss Statia/Junior Carnival Queen Melifanny de Palm (right) posing on stage at Carnival City with (in the background, from left) 2018 Junior Carnival Queen Gercia Brown, first runner-up Tonisha Redan and second runner-up Tinika Spanner.
ST. EUSTATIUS–Melifanny de Palm was crowned winner of the 2019 Little Miss Statia/Junior Carnival Queen Pageant at Mike van Putten Youth Centre/Carnival City on Monday night.
During the evening which was themed “Cirque Du Carnival,” De Palm won out against two other talented young ladies – Tonisha Redan, who ended first runner-up, and second runner-up Tinika Spanner.
De Palm won the competition with a total of 409 points. She also won the titles of Miss Amity, Miss Photogenic, Best Talent, Best Interview and Best Evening Wear.
Redan was first runner-up with 405 points. She also won the titles of Best Speech and Best Creative Wear.
Second runner-up Spanner gathered 350 points.
All the contestants received gifts and prizes.
The contestants were judged by head judge Learie Hall from St. Maarten and judges Shirley Schmidt, Maryteresse Lijfrock-Redan and Lexus Phillip.
The new queen was crowned by 2018 Junior Carnival Queen Gercia Brown and by show organiser Sherees Timber. Masters of ceremonies for the evening were Carla Duinkerk and Dion “Mega D.” Humphreys.
During the evening, the contestants paid tribute to Joan Windefelde and Estelle Berkel. Spanner invited Windefelde on stage and presented her with a bouquet for all her dedicated years to the Carnival Survivors troupe. Carnival Survivors will dedicate their troupe to three of their fallen members during this year’s parades.
DJ Sense kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening. The introductory performance of artiste Ishn Courtar and his team had the crowd spellbound as he paid tribute to 55 years of Statia Carnival.
Carnival will continue today, Wednesday, with a night of zouk and kompa music, featuring T-Vice. The show is also expected to feature local talents DJ Sense and the Jamm Boyz band.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/89402-melifanny-de-palm-wins-jr-carnival-queen-show