Five young ladies will compete in the Miss Bequia 2016 beauty pageant this weekend.

The pageant takes place on Sunday, June 19 at the Clive Tannis Playing Field at 7 p.m.

The five contestants and their biographies/autobiographies are as follows:

Ashanda Mckree: Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar
Ashanda Mckree: Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar

Ashanda Mckree: Miss De Reef Restaurant and Bar

My name is Ashanda Mckree. I am 17 years old. I am currently a student of the Bequia Community High School. I have a zeal and passion for children. Dealing with children gives me a sense of belonging, motivates me, calms my soul and boosts my self esteem.

In my spare time, I go to the beach with friends and family. These are the days am grateful for because I get to associate more, express myself and meditate while gazing at the beautiful sunshine and crystal clear sea waters.

Upon completion of my school assignments, the kitchen becomes my sanctuary. In the kitchen, my creativity and passion is displayed through the different recipes I prepare and serve.

I also have a passion for assisting the elderly whenever I am called upon.

My career goal is to be a nurse specialising in midwifery.

Joslin Frank edJoslin Frank: Miss Chameleon Café & Clothing Ltd

Joslin Frank was born to Andrew Frank and Joycelyn Lavia on June 19, 1997. She grew up in the community of Diamond. Joslin is currently in fifth form at the Emmanuel High School Mesopotamia and is writing eight CXC subjects.

Joslin was forced to live with only a father figure, her uncle, who has four children of his own but saw it fit to take Joslin as his responsibility because of the lifestyle of her mother. Even though she didn’t grow up with her mother, who has five children but only raised three, Joslin wants to be a role model to her siblings. She has a close relationship with her father.

Joslin was known growing up as a “tomboy” as she was always doing things her male cousins would do. Joslin decided to break out of that shell when she made the decision to participate in a pageant two years ago. She is a fun-loving individual who likes to smile and knows how to lift one’s spirit when they are down. Joslin is aspiring to be an English teacher since she is of the belief that the youth of today should be able to read and spell properly and she is willing to go the extra mile to help them.

Tamara Woodley -- Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd edTamara Woodley: Miss Bequia Express Company Ltd

Born on Nov. 25, 2000, she was given the name Tamara Woodley. She is the sister of four siblings and lives in the community known as Union Estate.

Tamara is a 4th form student of the Girls’ High School.

She is a multitalented, all-rounded student who takes part in many activities in representing her school and community. She enjoys participating in athletic events and she balances her athletics and schoolwork well. At a tender age of 14, Tamara began her traits of being an ambassador of her country at many regional and international meets.

She continues to better her development and trains hard, in her pursuit to fulfil her dreams and become an Olympic champion and to make her country proud.

Apart from athletics, Tamara enjoys dramatising and was elected for the junior award for the most outstanding actress. She is also engaged in the Young Leaders programme for her school, where she was elected for vice president for the project. She holds a great sense of admiration for her mother who has worked tirelessly to ensure that all of her children are well taken care of. She credits her mother’s resilience and hard work for shaping her into a young leader she is today.

Wenesha Ollivierre: Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery
Wenesha Ollivierre: Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery

Wenesha Ollivierre: Miss Bradshaw Mini Mart & Bakery

My name is Wenesha Ollivierre. I am 17 years old. I was born on Nov. 27, 1998 and I am the daughter of Winston Ollivierre and Nolice Rock. I attended the Bequia Anglican Primary School and then went on to the Bequia Seventh Day Adventist School. In my free time, I like to listen to music and I also like to think about life on a whole, the pros and the cons, the struggles and the successes. I love spending time with my family; it is one of my number one pleasures. I would say one of my best qualities as a young woman is to love and appreciate the hard work that others do around me. I love to see when other people go out and work hard to achieve what they want so that someday I would be able to do the same. I endeavour to become a nurse in the near future and was inspired to get into this field by my oldest sister who is also a nurse. Success is never limited.

Onica Jacobs: Miss BOS Marine Services
Onica Jacobs: Miss BOS Marine Services

Onica Jacobs: Miss BOS Marine Services

I am 17-year-old Onika Jacobs, residing in in the quiet village of Friendship. I currently attend the Bequia Community High School, where I am a fourth form student.

I consider myself to be a quiet person who likes listening to music and expressing myself through dance. This allows me to show my talent and passion for that art form. Blue is my favourite colour. It reflects my calm personality. My future aspiration is to become a model, to stride across worldwide runways and grace regional and international magazines.