And the winner is . . .

2015-12-10 06:00
: Ziva Isaacs is the Miss Matric Dance 2015 winner.    photos: Craig Anderson Photography

: Ziva Isaacs is the Miss Matric Dance 2015 winner. photos: Craig Anderson Photography

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AFTER months of searching for our Miss Matric Dance of 2015, the winner was finally announced.

She is the gorgeous Ziva Isaacs from Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage who bowled the judges over with her stunning dress and overall look for her matric dance on July 25.

Ziva’s dress was designed and made by Jason Kieck.

“I really had no idea what I wanted so I went to my designer with three different dresses and he mashed them up for me while I was with him, and I instantly loved the dress that he designed,” Ziva replied on where the inspiration for her dress came from.

Her hair was done by Crystal’s Hair and her make-up was done by Health & Beauty. Craig Anderson Photography did her photoshoot.

According to Ziva, she started planning her matric dance as early as December 2014.

“My mom helped me a lot and she planned to have my photo shoot a month before the time just in case it rained on the day of my matric dance, since it was held in the middle of winter. My dress arrived a month before the time – and slowly everything fell into place.

“I planned everything in such a way that I wouldn’t be distracted with having to do phone calls during exams,” she said.

After reading about the Miss Matric Dance competition in the UD News, Ziva decided to enter the competition.

“I didn’t expect it at all! Stunned, to say the least. But I feel very honoured to be crowned the first Miss Matric Dance,” she described the moment she found out she won the competition.

Ziva loves the outdoors and is very adventurous, “so I often go hiking (with my karate club). I also love spending time on the beach or even just in the comfort of my own home with some good company.”

She will be studying medicine at the University of Free State next year and then specialize in pediatrics.

She has had her academic colours and academic honours since grade 11. She was the junior school and senior school house captain, as well as the junior school’s deputy headgirl and senior school prefect. Ziva was also the deputy editor of the school magazine and president of the interact club.

“In terms of sport I did team swimming at school and I have my EP karate colours as well as my SA colours. I achieved my SA colours last year and went to Japan to represent SA in October 2014.”

Her advice for next year’s matriculants attending a matric dance? “Just enjoy every second of the day. Allow nothing to get you down and take millions of photos! The night goes by really fast so make every second count!”

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