And the winner is . . .

2016-12-07 06:02
Tameron Karelse is this year’s Miss Matric Dance winner.  Photos: Sherwin Andrews

Tameron Karelse is this year’s Miss Matric Dance winner. Photos: Sherwin Andrews

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AFTER months of searching for our Miss Matric Dance of 2016, the winner was finally crowned last Thursday.

She is the humble and beautiful Tameron Karelse from Alexander Road High School who bowled the judges over with her stunning red dress and overall look for her matric dance in the Percy Walker Hall at Alexander Road. Her dance was held on July 30.

She was crowned the third Miss Matric Dance winner during an informal movie morning at Ster-Kinekor in Baywest Mall (read more about the movie morning on page 22).

Tameron designed her own dress, but it was made by Eyam Ndedwa Creative Designs, with dressmaker Evelyn Ndlangana.

“Originally I was inspired by a powdery blue dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o. From there I sketched and incorporated lace designs. Finally I ended up with the lace bodice and trailed flowy lace detailed bottom,” Tameron said on where the inspiration for her dress came from.

“I chose the colour red because it complimented my skin,” she added.

Her hair was done by Salon Dene, her make-up was done by Nicole Baartman from MAC Comestic Make-up House and her photographer was Sherwin Andrews.

According to Tameron, she started planning for her matric dance four months prior to the event. “My matric dance was a night to remember because it was well spent with friends who journeyed with me in my high school career.”

She was accompanied to her dance by her class friend, Logan Holmes.

After reading about the Miss Matric Dance competition in the PE Express, Tameron decided to enter the competition but said she never expected to make it this far in the competition. “When I was announced as the winner, at first it hadn’t sunk in, but I was certainly humbled!”

Tameron was also a very busy matriculant. She was a Student Leader and she received academic honours being ninth in her grade. She also received the Good Fellowship trophy and the Dickason Brothers trophy for Admirable Initiative, as well as scrolls for Public Speaking.

“I was first in the subjects Life Orientation and Visual Arts Practical and I won the Afrikaans Best Speaker Competition.”

Tameron was also the Chairperson of the Voice Christian group, a member of the Maths Relay Committee and Finance Club and with the Annibrand AKTV society, together with a team of fellow students, she assisted in tutoring scholars at the Republiek Primary School.

In her free time she enjoys drawing and being creative, tutoring students in Mathematics and Business Studies and writing creative poetry and short stories.

She will be studying Architecture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University next year.

Her advice for next year’s matriculants attending a matric dance? “You need not conform to what is accepted as the norm and stay true to who you are. Preparation is vital and it avoids pressure before the big day!”

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