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Kylar Wiggins crowned Miss Jabberwock

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Kylar Wiggins

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From Contributed Reports

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. recently held its 40th Jabberwock Pageant at the Dunn Center of Performing Arts at N.C. Wesleyan College.

This is a scholarship program held biennially for high school junior and senior young ladies. This year, 18 contestants participated. This program provides scholarships to the college or university they select. The young lady who raised the largest amount of money was crowned Miss Jabberwock. Other recognitions and presentations were made during the event.

The program opened with a welcome by Natalie Brooks, president, and followed with this special presentation by Mary Bennett Sutton. The 40th Edition of the Jabberwock program booklet was dedicated in memoriam to Brenda Scarborough Edge who passed May, 2018. Brenda Edge was a very active member of the sorority where she served in numerous positions locally and at the regional level over fifty years. Carla Edge Oldham and Marcia Edge Navarro were invited to the stage to witness this special recognition honoring their mother.

As the curtain opened, a sense of elegance and ambience were evident when eyes starred at the production by Stage Embellishment Chair, Beverley Riley. There on stage, stood eighteen participants, ready for the opening number. The ladies performed a lively integrated dance routine at the onset of the program, setting the stage for an evening of expectation and awe. Choreographers, Lynette Hicks and Jasmine Barnes, watched as the ladies performed each syncopated step and the audience was moved by the intricate performance. Highlighting the event was the father-daughter dance where emotions were stirred as the girls and their escorts danced to MY LITTLE GIRL by Tim McGaw.

“Dream ... It’s Possible,” the theme, was derived from the song, “Dream It Possible” by Jane Zhang. Music was presented by the live band, Triple Sound. The vocalists, Dawn Romero and Linesa Bynum, added a special touch of elegance to the program with their songs, “I was Here” Beyonce and “Stand in the Light” by Jordan Smith.

Academic awards for the highest grade point average were presented. Tynashia Whitaker, a senior from Tarboro High School, received the Brown-Leonard Award and Kylar Wiggins, a junior from Northern Nash High School, received the Marguerite C. Armstrong Award.

The Circle of Distinction acknowledged 10 contestants who raised $5,000 or more toward their scholarship fund. Those who received recognition included Camiryn Arrington-Sherrod, a senior at Rocky Mount High School; Carmen Haywood, a senior at Wake Forest High School; Zynia Grant, a senior at Northeast Carolina Preparatory School; Jaiden Gunter, a junior at Nash Central High School; Allana Mercer, a junior at Northern Nash High School; Mauranda Morgan, a junior at Nash Early College High School; Syvanna Roberson,a senior at Enloe High School; Chelsea Strong, a junior at East Wake High School; Tynashia Whitaker, a senior at Tarboro High School; and Kylar Wiggins, a junior at Northern NashHigh School.

The 2017 Queen Brenna Bryant crowned Kylar Wiggins as Miss Jabberwock 2019. Included in the Queen’s Court were first runner-up, Mauranda Morgan, and second runner-up, Chelsea Strong. As the Queen took her stroll, she was accompanied with a duet by Dawn Romero and Linesa Bynum singing “Stand in the Light.”

Andrew McCoy, a sophomore at Rocky Mount High School and son of Shakeerah McCoy, and Victor Ward Jr., a senior at Rocky Mount High School and son of Victor and Angela Ward, served as marshalls and assisted with the program.

Chris Romero, chairperson, and Chanda Daniels-Davis, co-chairperson, were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Jabberwock. They wish these young ladies much success as they begin to embark upon the next phase of their educational experience.

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