PHUKET: Aroonrat Sakulchit, 18, gracefully edged out 29 fellow contestants to win the “Miss Teen Phuket 2005” on September 17 at Central Festival.
The beauty contest was overseen by Wilak Lohthong, Chairman of Miss Teen Thailand 2005, and Chairman of Miss Teen Phuket 2005, Pamuke Archariyachai.
The 30 contenders modeled products from the One Tambon One Product (OTOP) project before the judges selected 10 for the final round in which the girls wore traditional nya yah utfits and faced a question and answer session from the judges.
Phuket-born K. Aroonrat was asked “How did you get involved in helping tsunami victims?” She confidently replied, “I helped homeless people to find a place to sleep at Phuket Rajabhat University. I also helped to clean up Patong Beach.”
She told the Gazette that this was her first beauty pageant, and that she was very pleased with the result.
K. Aroonrat received a winner’s crown and sash, and a prize of 30,000 baht.
In second place came Duangrat Dengpradap, 17, from Phuket Technology School. Third was Wilawan Chuthong, also 17, from Deebuk Phang Nga Wittayayon School.
Kanittha Hongyot, 16, from Phuket Technology School, was voted “most popular” by the attending media.
K. Wilak said that Phuket will be the venue for Miss Teen Thailand 2005 in October.
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