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Meet our Festival Queens

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Miss St. Thomas - Annastacia Goulbourne
Miss Westmoreland - Daniela Woodbine
Miss Trelawny - Kimberley Wright
Miss St. James - Olivia Shaw
Miss St. Mary - Ava-Gail Lindsay
Miss Hanover- Ashley Anderson
Miss St. Catherine - Josselle Fisher
Miss Kingston-St Andrew - Daina Dyer
Miss St. Ann - Naresha Jackson

One of the highlights of the Jamaica 55 celebrations is the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, which encourages the development of cultural awareness, talent, and creativity in some of Jamaica’s most beautiful women between the ages of 18 and 25 years. It is the premier forum for intelligent, culturally aware, and poised young ladies seeking a platform for their contribution to nation building and to be selected as local and international ambassadors for Jamaica. Get familiar with the last nine festival queens:

Kingston and St Andrew


Daina Dyer


Age: 25

Education: B.A. Integrated Marketing Communication, UWI, Diploma, General Beauty Therapy, Heart College of Beauty Services

Occupation: Social media manager, General Beauty therapist

Philosophy: "Without confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life." - Rt Excellent Marcus Garvey.

Special interest: Mentorship, spa and wellness management

Five-year goal: A successful spa and wellness business owner with a post-graduate diploma in education and training or helping aspiring youth to become well-trained beauty professionals.


St Mary


Ava-Gail Patrice Lindsay


Age: 24

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (Second Upper-Class Honours)

Occupation: Registered nurse

Philosophy: If you can dream it, you can achieve it

Special interest: Leadership, and volunteerism

Five-year goal: My goal within the next five years includes completing a master's degree in public policy or public health, then move on to the PhD level. Following that, I would like to become an entrepreneur by establishing a chain of business and develop a product for health professionals within Jamaica. Next, venture into the area of real estate.


St Thomas


Annastacia Goulbourne


Parish: St Thomas

Age: 25

Education: Northern Caribbean University

Occupation: Lee's Books and Things Morant Bay

Philosophy: Do not allow your present limitations to limit you; your future will only be defined as a limitless limitation.

Special interest: Community development and youth empowerment

Five-year goal: In the next five years, I see myself completing my master of education in Educational Leadership and being actively involved in youth politics.


St James


Olivia N. Shaw


Age: 24

Education: University of Technology - (BSc Medical Technology, Hons.)

Occupation: Medical sales representative

Philosophy: "Do not create war in your head and ruin relationships" - Heather Lindsey

Special interest: Sign language, women's empowerment, drumming, youth advocacy, and leadership and social development

Five-year goal: Completing my master's degree in public relations and communication.




Ashley Amoy Anderson


Occupation: Teacher

Special interest: Acting, the army, and teaching

Hobbies: Acting and reading

Education (Educational Institution attended and Qualification):

Edna Manley College BAE (Drama)

Five-year goal: In the army or at a university to upgrade myself academically.




Kimberley Wright


Age: 24

Education: Bachelor of Music Education, Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts

Occupation: Teacher at Westwood High School

Philosophy: One should never settle for second best when the best is attained through hard work

Special interest: Music


St Ann


Naresha Jackson


Age: 25

Education: The Mico University College, Bachelor of Education in Mathematics


Occupation: Teacher of Mathematics at St George's College

Philosophy: My Philosophy is embedded in the words of Cullen Hightower, which states that the true measure of an individual's worth is based on all the benefits others have gained through their success.

Special interest: Volunteering, advocating, tutoring mathematics, politics, education, public speaking

Philosophy: One should never settle for second best when the best is attained through hard work

Special interest: Music

In the future: In the future I hope to be; a mathematics professor, the minister of education for Jamaica, an author, an entrepreneur and a motivational speaker. I hope to retire early and focus my energy on my tertiary education scholarship foundation and executing all the other projects I can to help Jamaicans both near and far.




Daniela Woodbine


Age: 18

Occupation: Student

Education: Belmont Academy

Philosophy: For God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Special interest: Volunteerism, Advocacy, Nation Building, Mentorship and Youth Empowerment


St Catherine


Joselle Fisher


Age: 21

Education: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Technology

Occupation: Student

Philosophy: 'Age Quod Agis' whatever you do, do it well.

Special interest: Drama, dancing, singing

Five-year goal: Five years from now I will have successfully completed my bachelor of pharmacy, fostered a career in drug research and compounding , and developed a career in politics to ensure the improvement of my community.