Melisa Nayak, a girl from Gundhani village in Manikeshwar panchayat, Raikia block, Kandhamal district, has been nominated in the National Adolescent Beauty Contest. In order to enroll herself into team Diva, she had appeared an online examination in the month of September. She has successfully qualified the said examination, the information as is received via an email. About 3,000 contestants from different parts of India participated in the competition, while only 25 were selected for the competition, Melisa said. Among the two nominees from Odisha, Melisa is from Kandhamal and other one from Bhubaneswar. Melissa has revealed that she had received information regarding her selection through an email by the end of last month. The next stages of this competition will be held after this phase as is informed by Melisa. While interacting with Argus news, Melisa has disclosed that although a good amount of money is needed for this participation, it has now become a financial constraint for her to dream for the participation. She has however expressed her views that it will be great help for her participation if any individual or administration comes forward for support. However, Gundhani villagers and other well-wishers wished her a bright future, saying that it was a matter of pride that she had been selected in Kandhamal district out of thousands of contestants from all over India. Melisa is now a third year B.Sc. student of Khallikot College, Berhampur.