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SKN National Carnival Committee hosts inaugural Sugar Mas Awards

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Over 60 individuals and businesses were awarded by the St. Kitts-Nevis National Carnival Committee on Saturday night (November 12) at the inaugural Sugar Mas Awards.

The event was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Ballroom, where several businesses and individuals were honoured for their significant contributions to Carnival since its inception in 1971 under varying categories.

According to the SKN National Carnival Committee, the “GOLD STANDARD AWARD” was presented to five individuals. “The award provides special recognition to an individual who has rendered meritorious service to National Carnival continually throughout his or her lifetime and at various levels.”

Receiving The Gold Standard Award were:

Mr Elston ‘Ellie Matt’ Nero

Ms Claudette ‘Polly’ Manchester

Mr Derrick V. Fraites

Mr Stanley Franks Jr

Mrs Agnes Skerritt

The “POINCIANA AWARD” was presented to individuals who received first place during the first hosting of any National Carnival event. Receiving the “Poinciana Award” were the:

First National Carnival Queen (St. Kitts) – Hazel Brookes (1971)

First National Carnival Queen (Nevis) – Fleur-Rovina Claxton (1971)

First National Senior Calypso Monarch (St. Kitts) – Levi “Entertainer” Weeks (1971)

First National Senior Calypso Monarch (Nevis) – Spencer Hanley Lord Lindbergh (1971)

First Ms Rural Queen (represented the Cayon Community): 1973 Theolynda Levine- Willett (1971)

First to win Road March title: Sundar Popo with “Play You Mas” (1971)

First Junior Calypso Monarch (St. Kitts) Gairy Knight, Mighty Throwback (1973)

First Junior Calypso Monarch (Nevis) Irwin– Kirthly Morton (1977)

First National Carnival Talented Teen Queen, Nevis – Agnola Hendrickson (1978)

First National Carnival Talented Teen Queen, St. Kitts of St. Theresa’s Convent School, now ICCS) – Sandra Rawlins, now Sandra Douglas (1978)

First Queen of the Bands – Louvina Bertie (1978)

First Mr Talented Teen – Bernardo Phipps of St. Theresa’s Convent, now ICCS (1985)

First National Carnival Female Calypso Monarch: Jacinth Henry-Martin (1995)

First Party / Soca Monarch: Richie Buntin with Frontline ( 2001)

First National Carnival Swimsuit Queen – Alsanarda Hanley (2015)

First National Carnival Mr GQ – Jevon Romney (2015)

Seven Former National Carnival Chairs were presented with the “STEWARD OF CARNIVAL”, which is “awarded to individuals and entities for consistent and exemplary assistance to the production and promotion of National Carnival.”

The awardees:

Sydney Osborne

Dr Vernon Veira

Rudy Morton

Allister Williams

Clement Monarch O’Garro

Sylvester Anthony

Noah Mills

Cynthia Hull

Antonio Abonaty Liburd

Mrs Leona Warner-Matthew

Osdel ‘Scotty’ Hanley

ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation

Carib Brewery (St. Kitts & Nevis) Ltd

“To formally recognise National Carnival & Talented Teen Queens who achieved ‘special’ firsts in long-standing regional or international pageants”, the National Carnival Committee presented the “ROYAL SCEPTRE”. The award was presented to:

Annette Frank

Ithlane Archibald-Brandon

Karen Grant-Hunte

Haley Cassius

Gloria Esdaille

Patricia Skerritt-Wilkinson

Carla Johnson

Hazel Glasford-Claxton

Nicole Gumbs

Mariece Roberts-Bankesie

Iantavian Queeley

The “SWEET STRINGS” segment recognises bands and individuals for their excellence in music and promotion of the National Carnival. The awardees include:

Grandmasters

Nu Vybes/Sugar Band

Melvin Mellie Hewlett

The “SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL” Award was “presented to individuals/entities demonstrating excellence, consistency and longevity in the growth and development of Carnival in specific areas.

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL: CALYPSO awardees are

Dr Irvin Sweeney: King Sweeney

Walston Shield: Walston Shield)

Sylvester Hodge: Socrates

Davin Liburd: Lord Kut

Oscar Browne: King Astro

Tonicia Hodge: Queen Anastasia

Jacqueline Leader: Singing Jackie

Karisia Willett: Queen Independent

Teron ‘Invincible’ Webbe

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL in the CALYPSO & SOCA arena was presented to

Hon. Konris Maynard: Konris

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL: JUNIOR CALYPSO & SOCA was presented to

Oren Roberts: Mighty Take Over

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL in MUSIC/WRITING/SONGWRITING /ARRANGING was presented to Wingrove Hicks -Williams

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL: MC was presented to Reuben Nathaniel Lake, aka Turkey De Gun

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL: ROAD MARCH was presented to Small Axe Band

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL: CARNIVAL GRAND PARADE was presented to Ashley Allers

SPIRIT OF CARNIVAL: JOUVERT was presented to Ronnie Rascal

In the category of FOLKLORE, Lionel Gumbs of De Mansion Bull was presented with that award.

COSTUME BUILDING award was presented to Joseph Simmonds and Keeshan ‘Banca’ Walwyn

Winston Collins received the JOUVERT – INDIVIDUAL MAS award.

Stacey Hobson Sr was presented with the STREET ACTIVITIES award.

The inaugural Sugar Mas Awards was hosted by Unoma Allen, who, in her remarks, reminded the live and virtual audience that for the first eight years of National Carnival, some of the same Carnival events were held in both St. Kitts and Nevis. Under this basis, the Poinciana Awards was presented to two National Carnival Queens, two Senior Calypso Monarchs, two Junior Calypso Monarchs and two National Carnival Talented Teen Queens.

The St. Kitts- Nevis National Carnival Committee continues to prepare for the upcoming SKN Carnival – “Sugar Mas 51”, which runs from December 02, 2022, to January 03, 2023.

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