The National – Monday, December 20, 2010
By MALUM NALU
YANGA beauty Christine Amos was crowned Miss Ahi last last Friday night at the Lae International Hotel.
Amos, 20, who has just completed Grade 12 at Lae Secondary School, won the crown from 14 other beauties from the six Ahi villages of Yalu, Kamkumung, Hengali, Butibam, Yanga and Wagang in the climax of the week-long Ahi Festival.
She will have five years of university education, in either Papua New Guinea or overseas, paid for by festival sponsor Riback Stevedores.
Riback general manager Peter Boyd also announced that the company would be looking at sponsoring Amos to contest the 2011 Miss PNG quest.
Amos, who was lost for words after being crowned, said she would strive to promote the theme of the festival, which was “promoting education through sports and culture”.
“I thank my mum and dad and all the people of Yanga for their support, as well as Riback Stevedores for taking up this initiative to sponsor and organise this festival,” she said.
A good crowd of people attended the crowning, mainly from the six Ahi villages as well as members of the Lae business community.
Runner-up was Emily Namung, 21, from Wagang village, who has just completed Grade 12 at Coronation College and won K1,000 as prize money.
In third place was Alang Isaac, 19, from Butibam village, who won K500.
The other 12 participants received K200 gift vouchers from Riback.
The Miss Ahi crowning capped off a hectic week for the 15 young women, who were screened and interviewed by judges. Later the young women paraded in traditional and modern dress.