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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 25, 2000 - Samoa Observer/PINA Nius Online)---Thirteen contestants, including Miss American Samoa, will be competing for the first Miss South Pacific of the new millennium.

Miss American Samoa, Helen Burke, was at the airport greeting the contestants from the region. Miss Papua New Guinea-Australia, Irene Meredith Barlow, was the first to arrive.

Other contestants are: Miss Papua New Guinea, Roberta Phoebe Zoe Ali; Miss Samoa, Petra May Suhren; Miss Tonga, Christina Ann Kailapu; Miss Nauru, Henrietta Deireragea; Miss Niue, Anna Rose Pavihi; Miss Hawai‘i-Samoa, Vaneta April Moea’i; Miss Hawaiian Islands, Jocelyn K. Dalire; Miss Samoa-San Francisco Luisa Fa‘ailoilo Poueu; Miss Samoa-New Zealand, Elaine Robin Ward; Miss Samoa-Melbourne, Georgina A. Taupau; and Miss Cook Islands, Janine Marito Kauvai

The contestants and their chaperones are staying at the Rainmaker Hotel.

The American Samoa Hosting committee has already set a schedule of events in which the contestants will take part. These include a tour of the island, a school tree-planting festival, a float parade, and a contestants’ forum.

The Miss South Pacific pageant will be held at Lee Auditorium.

The Miss South Pacific contest is part of the American Samoa Centennial Celebration, which started on April 17 this year, and ends in April 2001.

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