Chandera Codrington Wins Queen of Carnival Public Speaking Competition


Chandera Codrington, representing Miss Furniture Gallery, emerged victorious in the Queen of Carnival public speaking competition held at Casa Palmadita in Fitches Creek on Tuesday night.

The competition, co-produced by Brucilla Marsh of Marsh and Marsh Productions, tested the communication skills of the seven delegates. Each contestant spoke for two minutes on a chosen platform and faced questions from a seven-member panel of judges.

Alicia Knowles of the Ministry of Education, head judge, praised the high level of discussion but noted that many delegates relied too much on notes, impacting their eye contact and connection with the audience. She suggested allowing more time for future presentations to enhance the depth of arguments.

The competition awarded only a single prize, with Codrington advancing to the finals on July 21 at Carnival City.

Other delegates and their platforms were:

  • Shakkia Carlos (Miss Boardwalk Casino) – Tourism with a Purpose
  • Desire Markham (Miss Rawdon & Associates) – Drama for the Depressed, Deprived, and Delinquent
  • Kevinya Joseph (Miss Cool & Smooth) – Homeless not Hopeless: Empower, Shelter, Care
  • Jamalyn Stevens (Miss Kennedy’s Club Limited) – Health is Our Greatest Wealth
  • Shania Samuel (Miss LIAT 2020) – This is Beauty (Body Shaming/Body Image)
  • Dominique Trotman (Miss Antigua Barbuda Port Authority) – Mental Health: Cyberbullying and Suicide
  • Chandera Codrington (Miss Furniture Gallery) – Youth Empowerment, Brighter Future

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