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UVI Sophomore Crowned Festival Queen

This year's St. Croix Festival Queen, Marcellina Ventura.The crowd burst into cheers, and tears of joy flowed down Marcellina Ventura’s face Sunday when the judges crowned her Miss St. Croix Festival Queen Sunday night at Island Center. Air horns pierced the air, and the shouting continued while outgoing queen Sheniqua Robinson placed the tiara upon her head.
Her father, Marcellino Ventura, and mother, Aretha, posed for photos with the new festival queen before the television cameras began interviewing her and her escort, dress designer, makeup person, sponsors and others each took their photos with the winner.
“We’re just really excited for her,” said Mr. Ventura, while her daughter was being pulled this way and that by photographers, and TV and radio personalities.
Ventura’s platform speech was on the dangers of drunk driving, especially over the Christmas festivities.
“It always starts with a little fun, until someone’s life is done,” she said, warning bar and restaurant owners to keep an eye on their drinking customers.
Ventura’s gown and evening wear were both designed by L’Amour A-K Ameer of Ebony Fashion Fair, who has done work for many luminaries, including Miles Davis.
For her talent section, Ventura performed an original modern dance routine, replete with high kicks and swirling gossamer. In the cultural gown segment, she sported a red madras skirt and top, with butterflies upon the bodice. Then – for a surprise – beneath the madras skirt was a second long skirt of white, emblazoned with crimson hibiscus and sunny yellow ginger thomas.
A 2008 graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex, Ventura is currently a sophomore at UVI with plans to become a crime scene investigator.
In 2007, Ventura was Miss Hal Jackson U.S.V.I. Talented Teen. She dances with Cruzan Dance Company and is a member of Sister 2 Sister, a nonprofit organized under Speak the Word Ministries.

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