18 year old Nyanka Samuel-Robinson of the northern parish of St. Patrick is the 2015 Carnival Queen of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique.
The contestant registered 218 points at the show held on Majestic Thursday at the National Stadium to beat out six other competitors.
It was an evening of splendour, beauty and intelligence as seven ladies showcased their talents and skills before the judges.
The other contestants were Miss Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Bettina Joseph, Miss St Andrew (Derrona Farray), Miss St David (Avonelle Streete) , Miss St George (Lindonna Andrews), Miss St John (Alisha Augustine), and Miss St Mark (Lilly Pascal).
It was a keenly contested competition among the young ladies in Costumes, Evening Gowns and Cultural Performances.
When the results were disclosed the 1st runner place went to Miss St David with 216 points and the 2nd runner up was Miss St George (205 points).
Speaking to members of the media after being crowned, the new Carnival Queen said she believed she deserved the title.
“Honestly, I feel like I really worked hard for it, I feel satisfied with myself, with my performance here tonight and I look forward for greater things to come towards my one year,” said Samuel-Robinson.
She described her experience as being “stressful” but acknowledged that she had a heavy support base.
“I had problems up to this morning (August 6th) but I just prayed, I left it in the hands of God. I must say that my parish, St Patrick has supported me fully, one hundred percent they were behind me,” she said.
As part of her reign, the Carnival Queen said she will be doing a lot of community work and gave a commitment to help “revive cultural groups” in her parish.
The 2nd runner up contestant, Avonelle Street told reporters that in spite of the results she feels like a “queen in her own right.”
According to Streete, it is a competition she would encourage anyone to partake in as one can learn team work, time management and emerge with life experiences.
The competition, she said has encouraged her to show off her talents and abilities and that this is just the beginning of more positive things for her.
Best Swimwear went to Nyanka Samuel-Robinson, who also walked away with the prize of Best Evening wear, while Miss St. David’s also took home two prizes – Best Costume with her portrayal of Fancy Masquerader, and best answered question.
Best Platform Speech was captured by Miss St George, Lindonna Andrew as she gave a recollection of her personal experience of bullying.