DE VOS MALAN PUPILS SCOOP BEAUTY TITLES
THREE Hoërskool De Vos Malan pupils have pulled out all the stops to come out tops at the King William’s Town Miss Teen 2018 annual pageant hosted by Rihnaj Models at a packed Breidbach community hall at the weekend.
More than 600 hundred people – young and old – created an electrifying atmosphere as contestants from schools in and around King William’s Town displayed their modelling skills.
Kayla Hewitt was crowned Miss Teen with Nikita Lava her first princess and Lukeesha Matroos second princess.
Rihnaj Models manager Brendan Gosling, said the competition was open to pupils from all schools – from the ages of 14 to 17 – and was happy to see them well-represented at the event. He was also ecstatic about the phenomenal support by contestants, schools and the community at large for having contributed to the success of the event.
“It was just amazing, beyond my expectations, to see so many people attending the event and to be honest, it was without doubt the biggest crowd ever in the seven years I have been running Rihnaj Models Management,” Gosling said.
“What I am trying to achieve through the project, Rihnaj, is basically to get our youngsters involved in more positive social entertainment as our town lacks positive activities for our youth resulting in social-ills like drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and crime – to mention a few.
“We are striving through these kinds of initiatives to bring positive change within our communities and the funds generated at the show will go towards our new venture, a winter soup kitchen where we will serve soup to needy and less fortunate kids at least twice per week.”
Hewitt, a 15-year-old De Vos Malan Grade 10 pupil, said she was nervous at first to such an extent that: “I could feel my heartbeat in my stomach”
She added: “Well it all paid off, through the tons of competitions I had, I still made it”. Her aunt Theda Genade of Golf Club in Sweetwaters said they were a big family and everyone attended the event to give her niece their support.
“The evening was a huge, successful and well-organised, thumbs-up to Brendan; I’ve lost my voice after all the cheers and noises we as her family made in support of Kayla after we spotted that she was a bit stressed.” Genade said.
“She regained her confidence as the competition progressed and in the end made us extremely proud when she was adjudged the winner.”
The judges were Naomi Esterhuis, Candice Bosch, Jennaleigh Jagers, Candice Wiggle and Gosling himself.
Gosling thanked the sponsors and contributions by individuals, saying that they will be hosting another event on Youth Day on 16 June, that will take the form of a talent extravaganza show, that will address all aspects of talent like rappers, artists and dancers.
YOUNG BEAUTIES: Winner of the KWT Miss Teen Pageant, 2018 Kayla Hewitt, is flanked by second princess, Lukeesha Matroos, left, and first princess Nikita Lava, right, with Rihnaj Models’ manager Brendan Gosling standing by at the Breidbach Community...