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2009-12-19 00:00

ANY girl knows that the only other day that comes close to your wedding day is your matric ball — a day where you should be allowed to pull out all the stops without worrying about the price tag.

That’s exactly what Jozel John (17), winner of the Weekend Witness Matric Ball make-over, said she experienced.

Jozel became the envy of every girl, especially those at her school, Heather Secondary, when she was selected out of a number of entries received from local schools and surrounding areas.

“I[t] really felt like a dream. It was really nice to be pampered. I felt good for a change to be the one to say to people I have an appointment to do my nails or hair. I mean, they paid for everything — my dress, shoes, jewellery, nails, hair and make-up.”

Although drizzle tried to steal her grand entrance in a limo to the Golden Horse Casino where the event was held, the teen said her dress made her feel “special” and described the day as me­morable.

“The best thing about it was the relief that my mother didn’t have to worry about anything. It took the weight off her and that is what I appreciate the most.”

She added that the win came as a surprise, even more so, considering that originally she had not even known she was entered.

“My sister entered me and I thought, we’ll see what happens, and didn’t pay much attention to it because I didn’t think I stood much of a chance. But when I made the list of finalists, I started getting exci­ted and I really wanted to win. It became a big thing in my family, we religiously started following the competition to see if I had won,” said a bold and bubbly Jozel.

It was her father, who does not stay with her, who first broke the news with his call at six in the morning.

“I thought maybe he was mistaken and talking about me being a finalist. But when it hit everyone was screaming — the moment was too exciting.”

Regardless that her fingers are crossed for the release of her matric results, she plans on having a good Christmas.

She will either study towards becoming a lawyer, since she likes arguing, or she wants to be a pilot — and that will be to accommodate her fun and adventurous side.

The male winner, from Copesville Secondary School, was Siphelele Ngcoya. He could not be reached before going to print.

Jozel’s prizes came to R7 530, while Siphelele’s totalled R 5 390.


DONORS: Emile’s for the hairstyles; Body and Beauty Clinic for facial, trial and make-up; Vinci’s Amazing Nails for a manicure and perdicure; Next Boutique for the dress. Jean Junction supplied the shoes and the perfume; Be Berry supplied the evening bags; NWJ (Victoria Road) the jewellery; other donors were Nesh Limo Service; Flowers on Victoria; Matthew’s Suit Hire and The Company Man Shop, and Supersave (Mall vouchers for the runners-up).

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