ROSEAU, Dominica – PORTSMOUTH beauty 24-year-old Marcia Baptiste was on Friday (Feb. 12) crowned the 2010 Dominica Carnival Queen held at Pottersville Savannah.
The First Runner-up position went to Dana Augustine while Kristelle Fagan was adjudged Second Runner-up.
Baptiste won the Miss Photogenic award, Best Performing Talent and Best In Evening Wear segments.
The Best Costume and Best In Costume awards went to Amy Polydore while Best In Swimwear was awarded to Dana Augustine. Clarissa Nicholls won the Best Evening Wear segment while Kristelle Fagan was adjudged winner of the Best Response to Question. She was also crowned Miss Amity.
The other contestants were Amy Polydore, Clarissa Nicholls, Valdie De Jean and Shama St. Hilaire.
Baptiste told the Dominica media that she plans to join the diabetic association that started in Portsmouth, as Diabetes was the theme of her talent performance.
Baptiste was said to be on a journey where she now has found herself, became independent and certain of some of the things she wants in life.
Her goals includ working in the Criminal Justice field as a Crime Scene Investigator, or being an entrepreneur who would assist in the development of her country. She was driven to become a model citizen for her country, hence her participation in the Miss Dominica Pageant.
Now with her new found identity, her life experiences, her concern for people battling with diabetes and living unhealthy lifestyles, and her thrill for justice to be served, Baptiste takes up the challenge that she has dreamt of one too many times, which is being an ambassador for Dominica.
Baptiste, a people person, a natural leader, and one who can identify with and represent youth in the struggles they face, is a role model and will make fine Miss Dominica 2010. She believes that through God everything is possible. She also believes that life is not easy and nothing comes freely, but with hard work and determination everything is possible.
Baptiste lives with the perpetual belief that life has no boundaries and so no one should limit themself.