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Denbigh 2018 | Samantha Thomas Myrie gives Hanover first Farm Queen title

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 9:37 AM
Hanover's Samantha Thomas Myrie (centre), the 2018 National Farm Queen with St Mary's Glacean Cox (left), the first runner-up and St Catherine's Kimberly Salmon, second runner-up.

Cecelia Campbell Livingston, Gleaner Writer

Samantha Thomas Myrie is wearing a big smile today and she knows why — she is the first person to give the parish of Hanover a win in the National Farm Queen competition.

Thomas Myrie was crowned on Saturday night during the 2018 staging of the Denbigh-Agri Industrial Show.

“Knowing that my parish was the only parish that didn’t win, I knew that I had to win to ensure that our parish won at least one time,” Thomas Myrie said.

The new queen also said she was very prepared for what she called a rigorous process.

A member of the family-operated Happy Produce Limited, Thomas Myrie said her ultimate dream is to be a great land scientist who will inspire young people to venture into agriculture.

“It is the only discipline that has every bit of occupation in it and it is the best,” Thomas Myrie said smiling.

Noting that agriculture completes her, Thomas Myrie said the best thing about it is the discipline and commitment it requires.

“If you don’t have those qualities it will bring you down and into debt and it won’t be beneficial to you,” she said.

Thomas Myrie was born and raised in George’s Pen, Four Path, Clarendon and is a past student of the Denbigh High School.

She attained her Associate's degree in Agricultural Technology at the Montego Bay Community College graduating with the highest GPA in her batch.

Thomas Myrie, who volunteers with the 4-H Clubs, said she is motivated to see children actively involved in agriculture and it’s for that reason she always tells her clubbites, “Don’t blend in – just stand out".

But she would be even happier now if more women were engaged in farming.

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