For Immediate Release

Source: Government of the United States Virgin Islands


Richard Motta Jr., Office of Governor Albert Bryan Jr. + 1 340 773-1404

Alani Henneman-Todman, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism +1 340 774-8784

Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence +1 201 861-2056



U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (January 18, 2021) – The Office of the Governor and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism have announced the winners of the “2020 USVI is LIT! Holiday Lighting Contest”.

The contest was intended to make the holiday season brighter for Virgin Islanders by awarding cash prizes on each island for the most creative and innovative holiday lights.

“Our thanks go out to the Virgin Islands community for participating in the ‘2020 USVI is LIT! Holiday Lighting Contest,’” Governor Albert Bryan Jr. remarked while congratulating all of the winners. “Last year was a challenging year, and the cheers of the holiday season helped to rejuvenate our spirits as we face the challenges and opportunities of the new year head on.”

Winners on each island were selected and awarded a cash prize in the following categories:

“Best USVI Cultural Display” – $2,500
Edgar and Esther Phillips (St. Thomas)

“Best Overall Holiday Theme” – $1,250
Carmen Reyes (St. Croix)
Shane Tierney (St. John)
Michelle Montenegro (St. Thomas)

“Facebook Lighting Contest” – $750
Ashley Bouzianis (St. Croix)
Denise Thomas (St. John)
Jose and Delores Velasquez (St. Thomas)

“Facebook Boat Lighting Contest” – $750
Jay and Stephanie Rushing (St. John)
Debra and Jay Pennington (Water Island)

Winners were judged across a variety of factors, including lighting, tradition, USVI pride, and overall holiday spirit.

“The holiday lighting contest is just one of several promotions we plan to roll out to spread positive vibes, not just within the U.S. Virgin Islands but in our key markets on the U.S. mainland,” said Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte, who congratulated the participants for their creativity and innovation.
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