A STUDENT scooped the two major titles that were up for grabs at the Vodafone Riverside Carnival in Ba last weekend.
Nikhat Khan, 16, a student of Xavier College in Ba who represented Eco Oil during the week-long carnival that ended last Saturday, walked away with the Miss Vodafone Ba Riverside and the Vodafone Miss Charity crowns.
Carnival committee member Rosy Akbar said Miss Khan was judged the best from seven other contestants. Miss Khan won herself two return air tickets to Auckland courtesy of Air Pacific.
The carnival was revived after five years.
Ba and Tavua special administrator Arun Prasad said the huge crowds at the festival were testament to the strong community spirit despite many still recovering from the effects of two floods this year.
Cheyanne Dunn was the first runner-up, Mere Vakaloloma the second runner-up while Vere Tobayaweni walked away as Miss Personality. The carnival raised about $10,000, with Miss Khan raising $3501 for the charity chest.
Ba and Tavua town councils chief executive officer Dip Narayan said both towns would benefit from the funds raised.