SPECIALIZING IN FUTURES
December 18, 2009 vol xv, number 12
Golden Key Opens Virgin Islands Season of Charity
Student members of the
UVI Golden Key Inter-
national Honour Society
have welcomed the season of
giving. i- .
Honor society mem-
bers said their faculty advi- -
sors provided the inspiration
for a Thanksgiving clothing
drive benefitting the people
of Haiti. Advisors also en-
couraged support of a Salva-
tion Army toy drive on St.
Advisor Andrea Hamm
said, "All of the donations Members of the UVI C
were generously given from drop in on the Purchasing
apartment on the St Thc
students, faculty and staff. Campus with music, song
So far we have 10 barrels of pastries during a Dec. 11
clothing and we had a gen- pus caroling event.
erous donation from Mia's
Fashions, a local business."
Golden Key Vice Presi-
dent Ernest Smithens also
thanked Berle Williams
from the Central 7th Day Adventist Church of St. Croix
for adding to clothing donations. He credited Business
Dr. Solomon Kabuka for
help in reaching a professor
in Port-Au-Prince to accept
Hamm and Smithens
say barrels will be prepared
for shipment after the UVI
Society President Kwesi
Williams said he's pleased
with the support being given
to the St. Thomas toy drive.
"They give out teddy bears
to the children and it was
oir brought to our attention by
)e- one of our advisors, Dr. Pa-
was tricia Hawkins-Pierre," Wil-
Golden Key leaders also
expressed satisfaction with
the way society members
joined in. "One of my major
concerns is to make a differ-
ence and the way to do that
is by coming together," Smithens said.
Smithens and Williams also thanked society members
Kurt Alexander, Troi Williams, Keroma Pollock, Nicola
Maduro, Triola Browne, Jadee Caines, Chelcy Angol,
Dacil Heyliger, Keri Weeks, Campbell Douglas, Ericia
Haliday, Jo-Anne Neale and Derron Ambrose for their
Ringing in holiday cheer on Dec. 12 at the Holiday Gala at Divi
Carina Bay Resort; from left, Yvonne Lawrence (HR STT),
Nereida Washington (Campus Administrator STX), and Lin-
da I. Smith (AlumniAffairs-Annual Giving STX).
The montly newsltter ofThe Univrsity ofthe Virsgin Iland
UVI Sophomore Wins Title of St. Croix Festival Queen
An 18-year-old sophomore from the UVI St. Croix
campus has been crowned the 2009-2010 Miss St.
Croix Crucian Christmas Festival Queen. The new
queen, Marcellina Ventura, said she wants to use her new
notoriety to keep festival goers, all motorists and pedes-
Ventura won her title Dec. 12 during a pageant at
Island Center, competing against two other contes-
tants. She captured the titles of Festival Queen, Miss
Intellect, Best Cultural Costume and Miss Popular-
At the end of the contest she was crowned by her
predecessor, 2008-2 009 Festival Queen Sheniqua Rob-
inson, who is also a student at UVI.The new queen said
she was pleased with her win and proud to represent
her home island. "I love St. Croix. I'm very passionate
said the best
part of the
tion, for her,
was the pub-
ra spoke out
drunk driv- UVI Sophomore M ireit t Ventura, Miss St.
ing, wic Croix 2009-2010. Photo: STX Festival Committee
became a personal topic after the death of her best
friend in a St. Croix traffic accident one year ago.
One day after her victory the new festival queen
was back in study mode. When she returned to the
classroom, she said both teachers and students cheered
her on. "I had an exam the very next day and a lot of
my classmates congratulated me. They were very sup-
portive," she said.
Ventura, who hopes to major in criminal justice, is
the latest UVI student to win the title of St. Croix fes-
tival queen. Members of the Crucian Christmas Fes-
tival Queen Committee also named Robinson, Angela
Martinez and Francilla Francis among their previous
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Year-end celebrations on St. Croix and St. Thomas included. '. ,
wishes for Mavis Gilchrist. Gilchrist, secondfrom left, was feted at
events on both islands to mark the end of 32 years of service to the
UVI FinancialAid and other offices.