Former PE Express Miss Teen graduates cum laude

2015-05-13 06:00
Former PE Express Teen Miss Port Elizabeth, Nolubabalo Hwlatika.

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Former PE Express Teen Miss Port Elizabeth, Nolubabalo Hwlatika. Photo:Prodesign photographers

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A FORMER PE Express Teen Miss Port Elizabeth graduated from college cum laude with 17 distinctions and she says it is all thanks to this competition as she received a full tuition bursary from Varsity College.

Nolubabalo Hwlatika, the 2010 winner of the title, is in Johannesburg serving her internship at Momentum. She finished her BA corporate communications degree at Varsity College.

Nolubabalo was the first pageant recipient of the Varsity College full tuition bursary that has paid about R140 000 towards her degree.

“I’d like to thank Varsity College Port Elizabeth for being my biggest sponsor and Rolemodels SA pageants for securing such a big sponsorship during my year of reign,” she said.

She also expressed her gratitude to pageant organisers Juanita and Alwyn Smit for ensuring that a pageant prize is more than a make-up kit or hair and nail sponsorships, but a contribution towards education, that will always be the bread that sustains the pageant winner long after she has handed over her crown.

“Through the bursary, I have aimed for excellence and have strived to do more than what is expected of me. Be more than a pretty face, there are too many out there anyway,” she said.

Smit said she was proud of Nolubabalo. “She is a very diligent and dedicated young lady. She has a quiet disposition, a certain calmness that inspires confidence. She is humble and possesses leadership ability that inspires those around her. One of her most endearing characteristics is the way in which she shows everyone around her respect.”

During her reign Nolubabalo worked with juvenile prisoners at Enkohlelweni and continued her work long after.

“I want to enter more pageants and inspire more people in a broader level, this is what the competition taught me,” she said.

Smit said, “We believe that it is important for the youth to learn that they too can make a difference; and then to set about giving them the tools, or skills, to do so. The time before the pageant is affectionately referred to as the ‘journey’, because it is a life altering journey of discovery. I think that most of humanity has a natural desire to help others; they often don’t know how to go about it though. The programme is designed to teach them how to use their talents to help others.”

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