"I desire to continue working to decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity and work in the community to combat the prevalence of diabetes, which is increasing at an alarming rate in Harris Country and Trinidad and Tobago. By providing communities in need with health education and aiding in accessing resources, I can help make a positive difference regarding preventable health issues."
2016 Houston Caribbean Miss Ashleigh Vernon-Lugo
Promoting Diversity in the Latin Community” with a focus on Afro-Latinos.
“Afro-Latinos, Latinos of African or Black descent, make up a significant percentage of the population yet receive the least amount of positive representation and exposure in the media. Lack of proper representation often leads to a lack of opportunities and disadvantages for the underrepresented. As Houston Caribbean Queen, I plan to work to combat that and create new opportunities for the underrepresented while also providing representation and promoting Afro-Latinos.”
2016 Houston Caribbean Teen Kemirah Jn-Marie
"Cultural acceptance amongst Caribbean people both in the diaspora and abroad. I intend to highlight aspects of our heritage that bring us together rather than those that set us apart. Far too often we segregate within our own community yet we are still one Caribbean people"
2016 Houston Caribbean Princess Kemiyah Kennedy
“My platform is to provide knowledge to those around me about being healthy and get your doctor checkups and volunteering more and spread the word about it. There are always those in need. I chose this because i am a twin and when ever my sister is sick I care for her and this has inspired me to do it for others..”
2015 Houston Caribbean Queen
Her desire to make a difference has fueled her plans to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She is very proud of her Haitian roots, and is enthusiastic about playing her part to assist Haiti in reestablishing its former glory. Marie intends to use this opportunity to enlighten Houstonians on the wonders of Haiti and she also wants to be an advocate for foster children. Her ultimate goal is to start an organization which aids children in unstable living environments. She has personally experienced the hardship of moving from home to home and aims to be a role model and inspire others to work hard towards a better future.
2015 Houston Caribbean Queen
Rheisha is honored to assume the responsibilities of Houston’s Caribbean Queen 2014. She once heard a quote by Dalai Lama, “To be born at all is a miracle.” It has always stood out to her and propelled her to do her best. As the 2014 Houston’s Caribbean Queen, Rheisha plans to be an activist for her community to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence amongst women. She will also continue to be a positive role model for adolescents in her community and surrounding areas.
Houston Caribbean Queen
After winning the 2016 Houston Caribbean Queen title, Zoe advanced to compete and win the the 2016 Miss Caribbean United States title. She will advance to compete in the Jaycee International Pageant in August 2017. Zoe is a proud first generation Guyanese-Grenadian-American and a native of Houston, TX Through her platform, CARIC: Caribbean Americans Reinvesting in the Caribbean throughout the United States, Zoe promotes the economic opportunities that exist in the Caribbean and the importance of being civicly engaged.
Miss Caribbean United States
2017 Houston Caribbean Miss
Her platform is animal abuse and neglect. Animal abuse and neglect is currently becoming an epidemic in her country. She hopes to one day make a difference in her country, by reducing the amount of stray animals that are on the streets. She chose Animal Abuse and Neglect because she believes everyone deserves a voice, and she hopes to be the voice of animals that are abused, neglected, and endangered.
2017 Houston Caribbean Queen Mariel Balentina
I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Accounting. During my college career I was vice president of the National Association of Black Accountants. I have been involved in giving back to my communities for years and have used the opportunity to stress the importance of educational empowerment. Community service is very rewarding. It has allowed me to share my gifts, talents and blessings with those that do not have the proper resources. Some community service I’ve done include: Race for the Cure, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis LS, Traumatic Brain Injury with Centre of Neuro Skill, Children’s Charity Beds for a better night’s sleep, Toy Drive, Junior Dance Clinics, Feast of Sharing. "