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Dominica Carnival Queen Contestant Shama St Hiliare

Known as the Carnival baby in her family, 20-year-old Shama St.Hilaire was born in Grandbay on Carnival Tuesday 1989. At the tender age of 6 she moved to Pichelin where she currently resides.

Shama attended the Convent High School where she was inspired by her teachers to pursue her love for languages and literature. Upon graduation, her efforts were rewarded with the Outstanding Language Student Award. After graduating from the Convent High School she enrolled at the Dominica State College and obtained an Associates Degree in Tourism & Hospitality.

It was her love for meeting new people that prompted her to seek employment in the hospitality industry where she quickly became promoted to the Front Office Supervisor and Reservationist, and got the opportunity to showcase her language and communication skills. She is currently employed at Cyberland Internet Cafe as the Sales and Operations Officer. If afforded the opportunity however, she plans on pursuing a career in law.

Shama enjoys reading, writing short stories and poetry and believes that these activities are fundamental to the development of young persons today. She also enjoys being adventurous at times, and participates in outdoor sports including hiking and snorkeling.

She believes in individuality and would like to use her participation in this pageant to urge young persons to be themselves, and not conform to society’s belief of what is perfect because in reality nobody’s perfect.

Bio courtesy of the Dominic Festivals Commission.

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Unlike the first hike of Hikefest 2009 – the Chemin Letang trail, where it rained for 3 hours straight, the Morne Vert Loop from Soufriere and ended at Soufriere Sulphur Springs was definitely one of the better hikes I’ve been on for quiet awhile.

The weather conditions on the day was ideal for hiking; not too hot but still clear enough to catch some spectacular views.

Morne Vert is located near the south coast of the island and the Soufriere Sulphur Springs.The area has an abundance of geological, as well as cultural history. A perfect example is the Bois Cotellete plantation is one of the oldest estates on the island, which dates back to 1700’s.The ruins are still there. Also apart of trail is the Palmiste Estate – an ancient track which was used by Kalinago Indians.

From the summit of Morne vert the trail continues down into the village of Tete Morne where there are breathtaking views down to Soufriere village. From the opposite side, you can see much of the south coast of Dominica- for example Grand Bay, etc

Hikers Note: Morne Vert Loop trail has been designated an intermediate level of difficulty hike.The terrain varies at time and can be quite steep in certain areas. Climate can be very hot and dry in this location and the smell of sulphur can be strong at times in some areas on trail.

Will I trek Morne Vert Loop Again?

To be honest, I will do this hike again any day of the week – that’s how much I’ve fallen in love with the trail and the southern part of the island.

So whether you’re an avid hiker or someone who is just starting out, the Morne Vert Loop trial has something interesting for every outdoor lover.

Here are images and short video from the trial, enjoy!

historic mill in Dominica

hikers on the morne vert loop trail

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bois cotellete plantation


 view of grandbay village

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