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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 29, 2000 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---Miss American Samoa, Helen Afatasi Burke, 19, was crowned the new Miss South Pacific 2000/2001 at Lee Auditorium Thursday night before a crowd of more than 300 people.

Ms. Burke, a student at the University of Portland last year, took a year off from her off-island studies to fulfill her duties as Miss American Samoa and will now also serve as Miss South Pacific. She currently attends American Samoa Community College.

As the new Miss South Pacific, Ms. Burke won a $5,000 cash award and other prizes.

First Runner Up is Miss Samoa, Petra May Suhren, 22. She is one of the 13 children in her family. One of the crowd favorites, she is a professional auditor for the Central Bank of Samoa. She graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

She received a $4,000 cash award and other prizes. Miss Samoa also won the Best Sash, Best Coconut and Best Traditional Wear awards.

Second Runner Up, Miss Hawai‘i Samoa, Ms. Vaneta April Moea‘i, 24, is a student at Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i. She received a $3,000 cash award and other prizes.

Third Runner was 23-year-old Miss Samoa New-Zealand Elaine Robin Ward. Ms. Ward is a law student at Auckland University.

Nineteen-year-old Miss Hawaiian Islands, Jocelyn Keolalaulani Dalire, placed 4th. She is a 1999 graduate of Kamehameha Schools.

Miss South Pacific 1999-2000, Liana Vara Scott, gave up her crown at the finale of the pageant, which was aired live on KVZK.

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