Mr Oryx and Miss Acacia 2017 – The Crowning of Jewels

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March 28, 2017 by Student 24/7 Blog

On Friday, 17 March 2017, the distinctive residences, Acacia and Oryx, of the  North-West University in Vanderbijlpark (NWU Vaal) hosted their annual Mr & Miss Oryx and Acacia. This year’s rendition of the pageant was a themed masquerade ball.

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The glamour and stylishness of the contestants complemented the prestige setting in which the event was hosted.  The event showcased the contestants in three thematic divisions. In the first division, the contestants presented their take on formal wear. The contestants each displayed proper formal attire that showed their particularity. In the second division, the contestants had to display their casual wear. In this particular division the uniqueness and individuality of each distinct contestant was expressed. The audience had the chance to see the off-the-cuff attire and character of each contestant. In the third and last division, the contestants had to showcase themselves according to the theme of the event. In this division, applause and liveliness erupted from the audience due to the dazzling expressiveness of the contestants. Each contestant astonished the audience as well as the judges with their charade on the masquerade theme.

Once the divisions were finalised the top six contestants were elected. The elected few had to highlight their distinctiveness by answering short questions. After the questions were concluded it was time for the judges to make their final decision.  Once the winners were announced the suspended anticipation of the long waited crowning burst into scorching applause and victorious hollers.  The exclusive titles went to Alicia de Koker and Thato Sebotsa. The two princes were Americo Lottering (1st Prince) and Thabo Twala (2nd Prince). The two princesses were Keketso Mthethwa (1st Princess) and Deveney Mogorosi (2nd Princess).

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The new Miss Acacia (Alicia de Koker), and Mr Oryx (Thato Sebotsa)

Upon receiving his title as Mr Oryx, Sebotsa commented that he is ecstatic about the countless opportunities and that he feels very honoured to be the face of Oryx.

The newly elected Miss Acacia commented that by winning Miss Acacia she received the opportunity to make a difference in the community and that she would like to make a difference by spending time with the less fortunate in order to create a sense of belonging. She believes that a sense of belonging is just as important as basic human needs and therefore she will concentrate on this aspect.

It seems like we can expect exceptional things from our newly elected Mr Oryx and Miss Acacia!

Written by: Williene Uys (Student 24/7 Editor)
Photography by: Tyron Fuller (Student 24/7 Chief Photographer)
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