And the winner is…

2016-07-26 06:00
 Photo: supplied All the winners and finalists: Back from left: Aphiwe Mtshali, Amanda Msomi, Dyllan Desfontaines, Wade Groom, Leah Prinsloo and Lisanne Lazarus. Seated from left: Shaela De Bruyn, Ashley Eddy and Nqobile Mahlambi.

Photo: supplied All the winners and finalists: Back from left: Aphiwe Mtshali, Amanda Msomi, Dyllan Desfontaines, Wade Groom, Leah Prinsloo and Lisanne Lazarus. Seated from left: Shaela De Bruyn, Ashley Eddy and Nqobile Mahlambi.

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IT was an evening of tiaras, elegant ball gowns, trendy suits and dashing dolphins, as well as huge smiles and tears of joy this weekend.
The winners of the 12th Dairymaid Mr, Miss and Miss Junior uShaka Marine World brand ambassador had reasons to celebrate in the rain after at the Dolphin Stadium at uShaka Sea World which played host to the event.

The crowds of supporters, that of family and friends, had a fun and entertaining evening while the judges deliberated on their decision on who, out of the 45 contestants, would walk away with prizes valued at over R50 000.
The judges marking criteria fell into a number of categories from strong leadership abilities, ambassadorial skills, personality and overall appearance - an all-round 10 who would become their representative.

While the judges decided on the respective winners, the crowds were entertained by various artists from Westville Senior Primary School choir, the D2Di dance troupe, and singers George Meiring and Vicky Sampson.

Before the judges announced the results, uShaka Marine World’s CEO, Stella Khumalo thanked the crowd for lending their support for this auspicious occasion and she was excited, anxious and most of all, looking forward to meeting and welcoming the new brand ambassadors to the “uShaka family”.
She wished them well for their reign and their journey on raising awareness of the park and ocean life conservation.

Finally, once the judges’ results were tabulated, there was a round of applause as the following names were announced:

In the Miss Junior uShaka category: second runner up was 15-year-old Grade 9 Queensburgh Girls High pupil Amanda Msomi from Newlands West, first runner up was 16-year-old Grade 11 pupil from New Forest High was Aphiwe Mtshali from Montclair, and 15-year-old Shaela De Bruyn, who hails from Westville and is in Grade 9 at Westville Girls High was crowned the winner.

In the Mr uShaka category: second runner up was Wade Groom, a 26 year old exercise and biokinetics student from Hillcrest, with Dyllan Desfontaines, who is a 17-year-old Grade 11 St Henry Marist College pupil from Glenwood as the runner up and the title of Mr uShaka 2016 went to 28-year-old Cowies Hill resident, Ashley Eddy who is a mechanical and electrical engineer.

Finally, the coveted crown for Miss uShaka 2016 went to Queensburgh beauty, Nqobile Mahlambi, who is 20 years old and is currently a part-time make-up artist and a second year BA student, with Lisanne Lazarus from Amanzimtoti, who is currently studying journalism, taking the position as first runner up followed by 20-year-old, graphic design student, Leah Prinsloo, from Morningside placed as the second runner up.

The general consensus from each category winner was that they were thrilled that they had won and look forward to their reign for 2016/2017 at uShaka Marine World.

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