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BLACK & GOLD pageant: Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity hosts annual scholarship pageant

December 18, 2014

 

KAILEE COURTS
Staff Reporter

 

The annual Miss Black and Gold Scholarship pageant was held last Thursday in Howard Auditorium.

 

The pageant was organized by the Eta Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

The eight contestants performed the opening routine in the pageant–Photo by Carter Carroll

The eight contestants performed the opening routine in the pageant –Photo by Carter Carroll

 

Friends and family members came to support the eight girls who competed.

 

Doris Skinner, contestant number 4 Agapé Skinner’s mother, drove from Tallulah to watch her daughter compete in the pageant.

 

“This is her first time competing here and I am very excited to watch her take the stage,” Skinner said.

 

The contestants were judged in three different portions including swimsuit, talent, evening gown and on-stage question.

 

The judges, Ashley Jackson, Preston Strickland and Martina Penn, were all Tech graduates.

 

Jackson has judged the Miss Black and Gold pageant before.

 

“This is my fourth time judging this pageant,” Jackson said. “The chapter does a great job putting everything together.”

 

She said her favorite part of the competition is the talent portion because it is always a surprise.

 

The contestants danced, sang, and performed spoken word.

 

All three judges said they look for confidence and clarity while the contestants are on stage.

All eight contestants after the event outside of Howard Auditorium–Photo by Carter Carroll

All eight contestants after the event outside of Howard Auditorium –Photo by Carter Carroll

 

Strickland said even though this is his first time judging, he knows what to look for.

 

The audience members were able to vote for their favorite contestant by putting money in buckets when they walked in.

 

The people’s choice winner was Victoria Wade, a senior finance major.

 

The contestants voted for Ashante Sibley, Miss Congeniality, a freshman fashion merchandising major.

 

Chasity Price, a junior accounting major, was crowned Miss Black.

 

The title of Miss Gold went to Aprell Williams, a clinical kinesiology major.

 

Ashlee Ford, a junior biology major, was crowned Miss Black and Gold.

Contestant number 1, Ashlee Ford, was crowned after winning the Miss Black and Gold Award–Photo by Carter Carroll

Contestant number 1, Ashlee Ford, was crowned after winning the Miss Black and Gold Award –Photo by Carter Carroll

 

Ford said she is honored to have been chosen to represent this title.

 

“My mom surprised me by being here tonight,” she said. “I am excited to represent this title.”

Contestant number 5, Victoria Wade, performs during the talent segment. RIGHT:  All eight contestants after the event outside of Howard Auditorium–Photo by Carter Carroll

Contestant number 5, Victoria Wade, performs during the talent segment.
RIGHT: All eight contestants after the event outside of Howard Auditorium –Photo by Carter Carroll

 

Ford said she has loved spending time with each of the contestants.

 

Each contestant received a yellow rose for their participation.

 

The flower is the official Alpha Phi Alpha flower.

 

The brothers of the fraternity circled around Ford and sang their fraternity hymn.

 

“It is always nice to be able to be a part of this pageant,” Jackson said. “I hope to be able to come back and judge next year.”

 

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