Miss Manawatu crowned

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - JA­NINE RANKIN

Miss Manawatu Stan­dard Michelle Feld­berg has been named Miss Manawatu.

Feld­berg was cho­sen from a lineup of 26 women to wear the crown last com­peted for in 2014.

No stranger to the com­pe­ti­tion, the 24-year-old ad­min­is­tra­tor, dance chore­og­ra­pher and teacher was sec­ond run­ner-up in the 2012 Miss Manawatu con­test.

Feld­berg said she had thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence of tak­ing part four years ago, and felt she went into the com­pe­ti­tion with a lot more confidence this time.

‘‘It’s all still feel­ing a lit­tle bit un­real, but it’s won­der­ful.’’

Feld­berg’s ques­tion as the judges quizzed the five fi­nal­ists was about the best ad­vice she had ever been given that had shaped her life.

‘‘It was to do ev­ery­thing with ex­cel­lence, no mat­ter what comes my way, to do ev­ery­thing with an ex­cel­lent at­ti­tude.

‘‘My mother said no mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances, you can choose the way you re­spond.’’

Feld­berg said she was un­likely to use the Miss Manawatu ti­tle as a step­ping stone to na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Her fo­cus would be Manawatu, and be­ing an am­bas­sador for the area.

She ex­pected to at­tend a va­ri­ety of events.

The ti­tle of Miss Teen Manawatu went to 15-year-old Palmer­ston North Girls’ High School stu­dent Han­nah Sow­man.

Se­lected from a field of 16 con­tes­tants, her in­ter­ests in­clude per­form­ing arts, vis­ual art, com­puter graph­ics and sci­ence.

‘‘I still feel shocked. I re­ally can’t be­lieve it.’’

With a pas­sion for all things cre­ative, Sow­man has joined the Cre­ative Youth Coun­cil, and is keen to pro­vide chan­nels for more young peo­ple to chan­nel and dis­play their artis­tic tal­ents.

‘‘For me, I re­ally want to take the op­por­tu­nity to get out and talk to others about be­ing cre­ative.’’

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded a new cat­e­gory of Manawatu model of the year.

That ti­tle was claimed by 19-year-old Saasha Miers, the PTS Lo­gis­tics-spon­sored con­tes­tant who is work­ing for the com­pany and study­ing to be­come an ac­count­ing tech­ni­cian.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Miss Teen Manawatu Han­nah Sow­man and Miss Manawatu Michelle Feld­berg were crowned at a pageant at the Re­gent on Broad­way.

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