21 year old Dynicia Lenorah Gould is a native of Washington DC. Born of Vincentian mother and father, Dynicia is a sophomore Biology Pre-
Professional Major working to be a OBGYN PA (obstetrics and
gynecology physician assistant) student at Norfolk State University. She plans to go to PA graduate school and take off with her career from there. She enjoys modeling and dancing and doing makeup.
THE NATIONAL FLAG OF ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
he National Flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was officially adopted on October 12, 1985. The flag was designed by the Swiss graphic artist – Julien van der Wal.
The National Flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a vertical tricolor and features three vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold (double width), and green. The gold band bears three green diamonds arranged in a V pattern, representing the first letter of Vincent. The diamonds also recall the islands as "The Gems of the Antilles" and are set slightly lowered in the gold band to reflect the nation's position in the Antilles. Blue symbolizes the colors of the tropical sky and crystal waters. The yellow color represents the almost constant sunshine and the golden Grenadine sands. The green color symbolizes the abundant vegetation in the islands. The flag has a width-to-length proportion ratio of 2:3.
THE COAT OF ARMS
The National Coat of Arms of St Vincent and the Grenadines comprises of a central shield which is based on the colonial badge that was used from 1907-1979 and features two women in classical Roman dress. The woman on the left is seen holding an olive branch symbolizing peace and the woman on the right is seen holding the scales of justice (symbolizing justice) and is kneeling before the gold altar that is placed between them. Above the shield, a cotton plant is placed and below the shield, a white scroll displays the words: “Pax Et Justitia” ("Peace and Justice") in Latin.
NATIONAL FLOWER - THE SOUFRIERE TREE
The Soufriere Tree (Spachea Perforatais) is a member of a fairly well represented family of the tropical floras, namely MALPIGHIACEAE. Other well-known members are common Barbados Cherry – malpighia punicifolia, and an attractive forest tree, the Shoemaker’s Bark or Bois-tan – Byromina spicata, whose abundant yellow flowers and dark green foliage render it quite conspicuous when in bloom. The family is otherwise represented as trees, shrubs and vines.
NATIONAL BIRD - THE ST. VINCENT AMAZON PARRTO
The National Bird of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is the St. Vincent Parrot (the Amazona Guildingi). It is the only type of parrot on the island and is a large beautiful colored bird about 16 – 18 inches in length. The head is white, yellow and violet. The neck is mostly green, the body plumage is predominantly gold and brown washed with green. The wings are variegated and the tail green and violet blue, broadly tipped with yellow.