After falling short in final judging three straight years, 14-year-old Annchalee Wildgatsch from Photisampan Pittayakarn School finally succeeded in becoming Pattaya’s latest youth ambassador.
Part of a team of three students from her school, Annchalee beat out 252 other youngsters to win the Young PR Ambassador title, along with this year’s best orator award. Annchalee, and her teammates Rattanaporn Srisathien and Suwajjana Chanthachote, won 30,000 baht in prizes for the Photisampan Pittayakarn School, including a sash for each team member and a team trophy, announced at Central Center Pattaya’s center stage on July 8.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presides over the opening ceremony, joined by (l-r) Rattanachai Sutidechanai, Pattaya’s Tourism and Sports Committee Chairman; Tony Malhotra, Pattaya Mail’s Asst MD, and Somsakul Ponlachan, Hard Rock Hotel’s HR Director.
Judged by representatives from Pattaya City, Tikalang Cultural School, Hard Rock Hotel, Sanctuary of Truth and Pattaya Mail, the annual contest saw 252 students start out taking knowledge exams about the area, with 25 teams of three chosen in March to move forward.
Tony Malhotra presents the trophy and the cash prize to the 2nd runners up Matchanu team.
A major selection criterion is that applicants must have a solid grasp of the area’s history. The exam covers Pattaya City administration and history, the city’s global image, speech-making and presentation, cultural arts and basic English.
Once selected, the students become the city’s next tourism ambassadors to help promote Pattaya.
Pattaya City finance department head Suchart Saeto presents the runners up award to SUS One team.
Finishing second behind Phothisamphan’s Teen Angel Team was the SUS One Team from Satit Udomsuksa School, made up of Pareploy Petcharabooranin, Pichaya Peripat and Jessy Knight, which took home 20,000 baht in prizes and the runners up team trophy.
Jirapreeya Rattanan, Pichaya Masom and Poonsiri Wankangsai made up the Matchanu Team from Srisuwit School and came third, winning 10,000 baht and the second runners up trophy.
Dhaninrat Klinhom (2nd right), marketing communications manager of Hilton Pattaya lectures on how to conduct good public relations, while Poo Umaporn (seated left) lectures on how to be a good TV presenter; Supawat Tanthong (seated 2nd left) talks about his experience as a radio broadcaster while Tony Malhotra (right) provides tips on various English language communication skills.
Tanakorn Suntornnon from Satit Udomsuksa School won the Most Talented award.
“This is the fourth consecutive year I’ve attended and I reached the final round each year,” Annchalee said. “This year was different in that there were new lecturers who gave me speaking tips and I had friends from other schools to exchange knowledge with and support me and I’m very proud… To be a Pattaya youth ambassador is the only thing I’ve wanted for four years and if I didn’t win, I would have joined the contest again next year,” she said.
“We are ready” – great friendship beyond boundaries.
For the final round, each team must show their skills in singing, performing and dancing (5 minutes); and another 5 minutes in speaking where the topic will be drawn on the spot. Each member must talk about the topic picked with relation to Pattaya Tourism and public relations.
Throughout the month a special bond has been created among the students from various schools throughout Chonburi. Professionals in various fields taught all of the qualified students team building, various skills, and new knowledge.
Pisai Panomwan Na Ayudthaya from Pattaya City Council presents the Best Talent award to Tanakorn Suntornnon (left) and Best Orator award to Annchalee Wildgatsch (right).
Rungratree Thongsai reads out the results for the final 3 teams.
Teen Angel’s Annchalee Wildgatsch (right) with her teammates Rattanaporn Srisathien and Suwajjana Chanthachote.
Through the selection round, all must show their best skills, including acting, to continue further in the competition.
The Matchanu Team performs their traditional contemporary Thai dances.
Winners and the judges (standing left to right) Somsakul Ponlachan, HR Director of Hard Rock Hotel; Suchart Saeto, Pattaya City Finance Department head; Narong Cummanee, Principal of Tikalang Cultural School; Tony Malhotra, Asst MD of Pattaya Mail and Yosathorn Nongkhunoi of the Sanctuary of Truth.