ST LUCIA- Yvana David
Yvana David, was born to Yvette David and Andrew Phillip in the community of Monchy Gros Islet, on the April 12th, 1995. The first of two children, I attended the Gros Islet Primary School, after which I successfully gained acceptance to the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School. Upon entering secondary school, my love for sports was developed and nutured by my teachers and coaches who also encouraged me to participate in a variety of sports. These included track and field, Netball and Volleyball. As a result of growing up with my grandmother and her being a farmer, the knowledge that she shared with me from her occupation still remains a part of my daily routine.
Along with my high spirited nature and love of cosmetology, my interest in culture became the inspiration for competing in my first pageant; a journey that afforded me with the reward of emerging as the Queen in the Miss Jeunesse Kwéyòl Pageant. This experience further fueled my motivation to express my talents in the performing arts and led me to vie for another title: The Most Talented National Teen Pageant. This series of great experiences only inspired me to press on and take up new challenges. As such, my evergrowing love for this facet of our culture has given me the confidence to take part in this, the National Carnival Queen pageant. I view pageantry as a way of exhibiting my creativity and sharing my passion with the world. To me, this is very important as it contributes to my holistic development and my identity as a Caribbean woman.
My exposure to farming, sports and pageantry have helped in the development of personal skills and qualities including my work ethic, dedication, proper time management, good leadership skills, and my ability to also work well as part of a team. I truly believe that such traits are fundamental in building resilience and in forging the right discipline needed to aid me in working towards my future aspirations.