Figures Alberton takes part in the national semi-finals

ALBERTON MODELS: All the finalists and debutante winners from the Alberton Figures branch.

FIGURES Model Finesse Alberton recently took part in the semi-finals of the National Model of the Year Competition.

The competition took place at the Roodepoort Youth Centre on November 5, seeing 115 students take part and 70 of those from the Alberton branch going on to the finals.

“This is the competition of the year that everybody works towards throughout the year and dreams of getting through to the finals where 13 branches convene to compete against each other in different categories, namely the Fashion Model, the Commercial Model and the Skills Model divisions,” said Emma Griffin-Coetzer from Figures.

GIRLS AND BOYS: Dylan Snelling, Amber Taylor, Carmen Nepgen, Tieghan Griffen-Coetzer and Dylan Snelling.

Tough time for judges

The outfits were standardised for all the models, with the girls wearing a simple short black dress and shoes of their choice and the boys wearing smart black pants, black shoes and a black shirt. Several age categories were represented in the competition, starting off with the girls’ ages two to six, seven to nine, 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 years and older; then the boys two to 12 and 13 years and older and finishing with the teachers category.

“The show was well organised, the music age appropriate and the five judges had a very tough time deciding the finalists. The calibre of students was very high and made all the parents proud to be part of their children’s accomplishments,” added Griffin-Coetzer.

The debutante winners received a stunning crown and sash with their sponsors’ names. The top six debutante winners were announced with the overall winner receiving the grand prize of an automatic invite to the IMTA South African boat cruise convention in March 2018. Special awards were handed out for Survivors, Best Supporters, Social Media and Public Ambassador.

DEBUTANTE FINALIST: Cherise Van Wyk strikes a pose.

The finals will take place on the weekend of December 1, 2 and 3 at the Roodepoort Youth Theatre where all the Figures branches compete for the title of National Student of the Year in their various age and division categories.

Good luck to all the students who participated and qualified for the finals.

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David Pienaar

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