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Miss St. John to Be Picked on Saturday Night

June 19, 2004 – While five young women will take to the stage Saturday at the Winston Wells Ballfield, only one will go home with the Miss St. John title. She will reign over upcoming July 4th Celebration events.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate.
"There will be an excellent show tonight. They've been practicing real hard," said Alecia M. Wells, a member of the St. John Festival and Cultural Organization.
Cerene Abramson, 18; Shelly Chinnery, 18; Lynia Liburd, 20; Tanja Powell, 19; and Delrise Stevens, 18, will vie for the Miss St. John title.
Segments include costume, talent, swimsuit, and others.
Abramson, a senior at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, is Maxine Plaskett's daughter. Chinnery, the daughter of Camelia and Sherman Chinnery, graduated in 2004 from Sts. Peter and Paul High School. Liburd, whose parents are Gwen Hyndman and Derrick Liburd, is a junior at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Tanja Powell, a 2002 graduate of All Saints Cathedral School, is the daughter of Ulrike Powell and Ralph Powell. Stevens, a senior at Kean, is the daughter of Deverell Jackson-Alfred.
On Wednesday, judges picked Latifah Lanclos, 12, as Miss St. John Junior Miss. She beat out Razzilee Oquendo, 12, who was named runner-up. Tanjiyah Potter, 11, and Kooline Matthias, 14, were the other contestants.
There was no Prince and Princess Show this year because not enough contestants signed up. Instead, Kiarra Krigger and Marcus Stevens were named to the honors. Kanikwa Ashly was named the 50th anniversary Junior Princess.
Wells said that the shortage of contestants for the Prince and Princess Show was due to economics. "Money had to be expended," she said.
Wells said that while the committee provides financial help, parents still must provide some funding.
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