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Pacific American-News Journal

`Okakopa - October 1996 Volume 2 Issue 10

Nanakuli Student Wins 1996 International Title

Naleisha Pelekai-Wai, a sixth-grade student at Nanakuli Elementary School, has won the title of 1996 International Cinderella Miss.

Representing the state of Hawai`i at the Mobile, Ala., competition, Naleisha competed in the Miss Division along with 57 other girls from across the United States and Brazil.

This is the first year that Hawai`i sent representatives to the international event. “I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to represent our state and to capture the title of 1996 International Cinderella Miss. This is a very prestigious title which girls try for many years to receive. I want to share this accomplishment with everyone in our community,” Naleisha explains.

The Cinderella International Scholarship Program believes in the importance of education. “Which I strongly believe in also,” she say.

In addition to the title, Naleisha also won more than $15,000 in prizes and gifts, including a $5,000 in cash college scholarship, a $4,000 educational saving bond, $500 in cash, a $400 John Robert Powers Scholarship, and official Cinderella diamond pendant valued at $375, a wardrobe and other gifts and prizes. She also gets a paid return trip to the 1997 International Finals for herself and a chaperon.

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