Miss Teen Jamaica Contest 2015 Top Five:
Miss Teen Jamaica 2015/16 Khadeen Johnson (Miss Danreg Fashions & Accessories), seated at centre, enjoys the crowning moment at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston on July 26, flanked by from left: fourth runner-up Renae Curtis (Miss Singer); first runner-up Rosan Samuels (Miss Gk Motors); second runner-up Kimberly Stewart (Miss Lily’s Beauty Barn) and fourth placed Leighashley Dunbar (Miss Charles Chocolate).
Seventeen-year-old Khadeen Johnson(Miss Danreg Fashions & Accessories), a student of Glenmuir High School in Clarendon, won the 2015/16 Miss Teen Jamaica contest Sunday, July 26, 2015 in a close for the 35th anniversary title.
Johnson who listed her hobbies as writing, reading and art, says she wants to become a lawyer like her role model, parliamentarian, K.D. Knight.
She beat a field of 15 of high school peers to win the title at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. She also won a sectional prizes for “most intelligent”, for which she received the Rodney Sinclair trophy and a bible for having best Christian principles.
She was crowned by Miss Teen Jamaica 2014/15 Campion College sixth former Meca-Gaye Francis, who was very dignified in passing the baton.
“It is sad to say goodbye to the crown, but it was wonderful to have been Miss Teen Jamaica,” she told the audience before placing the crown on Johnson’s head.
The other top five placements went to: first runner up Rosan Samuels (Miss GK Motors), who attends St. George’s College; second runner up Kimberley Stewart (Miss Lily’s Beauty Barn) of Excelsior Community College; third runner up Leighashley Dunbar (Miss Charles Chocolate) of Oberlin High in rural St. Andrew; and fifth placed Rene Curtis (Miss Singer) of Merle Grove High.
Top prizes in the competition, which was started in 1981 as Miss Jamaica Teenager by J’Sin Promotions, was $1 million worth of scholarships from the University of College of the Caribbean (UCC) in New Kingston. The winner receives a $500,000 UCC scholarship, plus a trip to the United States from the promoters. The first runner up was awarded a $300,000 scholarship and the second runner-up got a $200,000 scholarship.
Other sectional prize winners were: Leighashley Dunbar – the Pearline Sinclair Memorial trophy for “Most Talented” and the Janet Patrick trophy for “Most Cultural”; Camayah McKenzie- the Peta-Gaye Foster trophy for “Most Groomed” and the Robinson & Clarke trophy to Renae Curtis for “Most Eloquent”. Kimberley Stewart won the Saige Bloise trophy for “Most Disciplined” ; 15-year-old Jada Shalane (Miss Reggae City Sports Bar) won the Grace Peynado trophy for “Most Congenial”; Jade Edwards (Miss Johnson’s Maintenance) was voted “Most Photogenic”; Rosan Samuels, the Peta Gaye Foster trophy for “Best Personality”;13-year-old Olivia Clarke (Miss C-Jay’s Watersport and Marine Services) was the youngest competitor; and another 13-year-old, Christian Codner from Ocho Rios honoured as the most cooperative rural competitor.
The finals featured top dub poet Keith Shepherd and Digicel Rising Star talent competition 2006 first runner-up, Nekiesha Barnes as well as aspiring deejays, Ironside and Danny Stretch. MC was Kool FM’s DJ Phoenix.
The girls modeled swimwear by Loren V Botique and some dazzling evening wear from some very enterprising designers before participating in a tense questions and answer session where several of them lost points but where Khadeen Johnson emerged as a serious contender for the title and as probably the best read of the group.
All 16 finalists received a gift basket for participating, compliments of Seprod’s Miracle products and the top five received baskets compliments of Charles Chocolates.
The judges were: bank manager Kevin McDonald; attorney at law, Carol Dacosta; businessman Patrick Dennis; businesswoman Gleneva Blair; Nyanda Dixon, Miss Teen Jamaica 2013/14; Rachel Mitchell, teenaged student and JDF officer Ferdinand Trench.
The elimination and sashing of the contestants took place at the New Kingston Conference Centre inside the New Kingston Shopping Mall, Dominica Drive in April, 2015.