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Ms. Jachris SibblisMs. Jachris Sibblis, sponsored by Gallagher Insurance Brokers, Barbados was crowned the winner of the 2014 Harrison College Pageant on April 6, 2014.

The pageant is produced annually by the Harrison College Key Club, and the money raised is given to HIV/AIDS Charities across Barbados, as well as helping disadvantage Key Club members.

The Harrison College Annual Pageant was held on April 6th, 2014. It was titled The Kolij King and Queen Pageant 2014 with the theme of colours. This pageant is produced annually by the Harrison College Key Club and the money raised is given to charities across Barbados. In addition to providing much needed support to these charity organizations, the funds raised from the pageant also aid those disadvantaged Key Club members who are interested in attending the annual Key Club International Convention known as ICON. During the pageant each contestant was asked to represent a cause and a charity and create a fundraiser to raise funds for this charity.

I represented HIV/AIDS, the colour red and the National HIV/AIDS Commission in Barbados. To raise funds for the National HIV/AIDS Commission, I conducted a bake sale during lunch time at school with the theme of 'Scarlet Madness'. Everything sold depicted the colour red and some of the treats were sugar cookies shaped in the red ribbon with red icing, red velvet cake, strawberry cheesecake and a box was also set up in the school yard to collect non-perishable items for the HIV/AIDS Food Bank. Throughout this experience I learnt a lot about HIV/AIDS and my message throughout the pageant was to stop stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. I would like people ot know stigma and discrimination continue to undermine prevention, treatment and care with people living with HIV/AIDS and we all need to come together and 'kiss stigma and discrimination goodbye' as everyone in this world has a right to live and no-one should be made to feel any less of themselves.

For me the highlights of the pageant were interacting with the other contestants and making new friends, being able to show everyone the confident side of me that noone has seen before and of course being crowned Kolij Queen 2014 as I never thought I had the ability to win. I would like to thank all my friends as they are the ones who literally forced me to audition for the pageant and my mother Jacqueline Sibblis played a huge role as she encouraged me throughout this whole journey. She also made the winning formal dress and made sure that I had everything set for the fundraiser and for the big pageant night. Along with being named Kolij Queen 2014, I also won Best Platform, Best Talent where I did a salsa dance with my dance partner Shane Greaves, Best Formal Wear and Miss Photogenic. I can certainly consider this the best night of my life!

Thanks to my sponsors Columbus Communication (FLOW), Gallagher Insurance Brokers (Barbados) Ltd. and Columbian Emeralds.

-- Ms. Jachris Sibblis