Winner hopes to be a role model

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Nineteen-year-old Balclutha resident Jannah Katrin Adrejilo Ariola has been crowned Miss Teen Philippines for the South Island following a competition organised by the United Filipinos in Mid Canterbury group in Ashburton last week.

The goal of the pageant was to showcase not only the contestants’ beauty but also their “talent and intelligence”.

In a question and answer section of the contest, Miss Ariola detailed what she could do to have an impact on her community.

“I told the judges that to make a positive impact I would start with myself first. I would improve myself so that I have something to offer.”

She said she would like to be a role model to her “fellow young people.”

For several weeks before the pageant the beauty queen made the journey to Ashburton to practise with the other women.

“We had to practise walking and dancing and other things . . . I had to take the bus because my parents don’t like me driving that far on my own.”

She said that despite the competitive element, and her coming out on top, the contestants all managed to remain friends.

“There’s no jealousy. That’s one of the main reasons I enjoy doing it, because of the friends I meet.”

Alongside the overall title, Miss Ariola also won the crown for Miss Professionalism and Miss Confidence.

Miss Ariola left school at the end of 2018 and is taking a year out from further study to work.

In Balclutha she assists her community by working as a caregiver at Clutha Views Lifecare facility for the elderly.

“I really enjoy it, especially as it relates to nursing. They’re very supportive.”

She wanted to carry on into nursing, and was weighing up her options for where to go.

“It will either be SIT in Invercargill or up to Dunedin.”

In the meantime she had her eyes set on the national title for Miss Teen Philippines New Zealand.

“My friends also want me to enter the A&P show queen pageant. I think it would be quite different to what I’ve already done.”