Thursday, May 20, 2004

Pageant title goes to
HPU grad student

Before an audience of more than 1,000, Jennifer Fairbank was named Miss Hawaii USA, and Sonya Balmores was crowned Miss Hawaii Teen USA, in a dual pageant Sunday night.

They will serve as Hawaii's delegates, respectively, to the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, part of Donald Trump's Miss Universe organization.

Also honored during the nearly five-hour event was Dr. Angela Pratt, named one of the pageant's "Women of Achievement" for 2004.

Fairbank, 24, attended Punahou School, received a Bachelors of Psychology and Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University, and is working toward a Masters of Communication degree at Hawaii Pacific University.

In addition to winning the Miss Hawaii USA crown, Fairbank won the interview and swimsuit awards.

Jennifer Fairbank, left, was crowned Miss Hawaii USA on Sunday, while Sonya Balmores was named Miss Hawaii Teen USA. Both will now compete nationally.

Other results:
First runner-up: Valerie Seagrave
Second runner-up: Rochelle Ovitt
Third runner-up: Chanel Wise
Fourth runner-up: Kanani Oury
Achievement: Mirasol A. Domingo
Evening gown: Valerie Seagrave
Swimsuit: Jennifer Fairbank
Interview: Jennifer Fairbank
Photogenic: Michelle Kennedy
Congeniality: Tatiana Tseu
Popularity: Crystal Ueno
People's choice: Darlene Wong

MAKING the trip from Kauai was worthwhile for Balmores, a Kauai High School senior who won her title without the advantage of a hometown crowd cheering her on.

Balmores swept the major categories in the competition, winning the swimsuit, interview and evening gown awards that led to her victory.

Balmores, the daughter of Malana and Ernest DeSilva, plans to study communication and eventually wants to work in the film industry.

Other results in the Miss Hawaii Teen USA competition:
First runner-up: Melissa Benz, Hawaii Baptist Academy
Second runner-up: Roxane Batalon, Sacred Hearts Academy
Third runner-up: Michelle Tkatch, Mililani High School
Fourth runner-up: Brittany Hamocon, Radford High School
Achievement: Delys Recca, Kamehameha Schools
Evening gown: Sonya Balmores
Swimsuit: Sonya Balmores
Interview: Sonya Balmores
Photogenic: Nicole Grant, Punahou School
Congeniality: Brittany Hamocon
Popularity: Trisha Puchalski, Sacred Hearts Academy
People's choice: Delys Recca

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