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Princess Neveah cops Sugar Mas 51 Junior Calypso crown

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Six Junior Calypsonians faced off in competition on Friday night, December 09, 2022, at the Berkeley Memorial (The Circus) in the heart of Basseterre.

The St.Kitts-Nevis Junior Calypso Monarch competition only featured young competitors from Nevis- four males and two females; of them were two pairs of siblings.

At the end of the competition, Shante “Princess Neveah” Hendrickson copped the SKN Junior Calypso Monarch title with 227 points.

Princess Neveah has created history by becoming the first female junior calypsonian who captured multiple crowns within the same year; the 2022 Nevis Culturama FestivalJunior Calypso Monarch and the 2022 St.Kitts- Nevis National Carnival Junior Calypso Monarch titles. The 16-year-old has been performing in the Junior Calypso competitions since age 9.

First runner-up was awarded to Terron “Invincible” Webb, the former SKN National Carnival Junior Calypso Monarch (High school category). He scored 221 points. Invincible’s Junior Calypso experience spans ten years, where he has won eight titles; five consecutive crowns in the National Carnival Junior Calypso competition and three consecutive crowns in the Nevis Culturama Junior Calypso contest. Invincible made his final appearance in the 2022 Carnival Junior Calypso Competition and will transition to the Senior Kaiso division in the next festival season.

In second runner-up with 212 points was Dequon Hendrickson, who carries the stage name “Dequon”. The 13-year-old had his first competitive Calypso experience in 2019, where he placed 2nd-runner-up.

The other junior calypsonians were Quincy Isaac, “Mighty QJ”, Aleijah Hendrickson “Princess Kali”, and Marques Washington “Mighty J”, who also had his final Junior category performance on Friday night (Dec 09 2022).

The Junior Calypso competition has been a marquee event on the St. Kitts-Nevis National Carnival Calendar since 1973 and has paved a successful path for Calypsonians such as De King Sweeney, who adopted the competition for the next three years, beginning with Sugar Mas 51.

The awards included De King Sweeney Youth Calypso Monarch Trophies and a cash award of EC $1973.00, symbolising the first year the competition was officially hosted. As such, the winner received Ec $1,000.00. First runner-up received EC $500.00 dollars and second runner-up received EC $423.00.

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