Delta Sigma Theta scholarship gala to feature 13 girls

Delta Sigma Theta  scholarship gala to feature 13 girls
May 28
00:00 2015

Special to The Chronicle

The Winston-Salem Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. will host the 2015 Miss Jabberwock Scholarship Gala on Sunday, May 31, on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in the McNeil Ballroom.

Miss Jabberwock 2015 will be crowned and scholarships will be awarded to the participants. This year 13 junior and senior high school girls are competing for the coveted title of Miss Jabberwock.

The contestants have participated in a number of activities since January. These have included a “Flawless Event,” featuring African-American female business owners; movie nights; church services; community service projects; and a focus on financial planning and literacy.

In addition, the contestants and their escorts have been practicing dance routines and a formal dance, which will be featured at the gala.

The theme of this year’s gala is “RISE.” The theme embodies the idea of young ladies being able to rise above the negativity and stereotypes of their generation. The theme looks to the future of these young ladies, who have aspirations to RISE in field of nursing, broadcast, medicine, business and education. In a season where young African-Americans have been portrayed and labeled as “thugs” and unfocused, these young ladies will RISE to the occasion and represent their generation as they prepare to attend colleges and universities throughout the country.

The 2015 Jabberwock contestants are: BriAna Garlington, Lyric Byrd-King, Mariah Rowdy, India Johnson, Kristina Redd, Nicole Lash, Keaira Stevens, Maya Alexander, Erica Field, Erica Alexander, Aysha’ Polite, Makaiala Sitton, and Elizabeth Leftwich.
The pageant is open to junior and senior high school girls. This year, senior contestants will be attending WSSU, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Alabama, North Carolina Central University, Converse College and Appalachian State University, just to name a few. The monies raised in the Jabberwock will assist with tuition, books and related academic costs.

Elizabeth Newton is president of the W-S Alumnae Chapter. Judge Denise S. Hartsfield is Jabberwock chairwoman.

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