Vakeesha John

Miss Agricultural Input Warehouse

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” This saying resonates well with Miss Vakeesha John, as she attributes her jovial, caring, God-fearing, outspoken yet humble character to the culture and people of her home town. Born and bred in the beautiful town of Layou, where she experienced many challenges that led to her overall growth, Vakeesha is quite enthusiastic about the elimination of mental poverty and social stigma in her community and by extension in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is the Press Secretary of a non-profit community group; the Becket Benefit Organization which is geared towards the enhancement and holistic development of the residents of Layou.

Vakeesha values family and can never fully express her infinite love for her parents, grand-mother and siblings. Embedded in her actions is the belief that without family, we do not truly build love and without love, we destroy ourselves. She enjoys debating, sharing advice and listening to music. Her favourite artiste is Lucky Dube.

She is a proud past student of the St. Vincent Girls’ High School where she obtained eleven (11) O’Levels and then went on to study Law, Literature in English, Psychology and Communication Studies at the SVGCC Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies. She is twenty-one years old and is currently an English teacher at the Central Leeward Secondary School. As a teacher, Vakeesha is strategically positioned to gain great insight as it relates to the daily struggles faced by our nation’s children. She has come to realize that these struggles are fueled by social stereotypes, low self-confidence and lack of love and support.

Despite the challenges of the job, Vakeesha is in love with teaching as she believes that a teacher who loves teaching, teaches children to love learning. Being a teacher allows her to contribute to the development of her country, reminds her to remain humble as she learns from her students and simply makes her happy as she bonds with her students. In that regard, she gives credit to a very important platform that led to the realization of her goals; the Basil Charles Educational Foundation.

With an appetite for literature, she hopes to merge her love for language and her ability to serve the youths by furthering her studies in Linguistics and Language Education. Her role model is her sister, who Vakeesha defines as a determined, humble individual.

Vakeesha believes that no task is too hard and would use her experience as a contestant in Miss SVG to show young people, especially young women that we have to be the change that we want to see for according to Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”