Southern Nash High School senior Jesslyn Simone Pope was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2013 during the recent Jabberwock program presented by the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Delta Center for Life Development.
The program was held April 14 at N.C. Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.
Miss Jabberwock 2011, Lindsay A. Brown, a student at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, crowned Pope, who is the daughter of Hubert Pope and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carpenter. Sorority member Angela Ward served as Pope’s pageant advisor.
First and second runners up were Empress Raquelle Faison and Amber Necole Pope. Faison, a junior, at Roanoke Valley Early College, is the daughter of Kimberley Robinson. Sorority member Barbara Smith served as her advisor. Pope, a junior at Rocky Mount High School, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Pope. Sorority Member Christine Horne was her advisor.
Membership in the “Circle of Distinction” included Miss Jabberwock and her court and Umeka Barnhill, Kelly Harris, Dareyon Lanear, Kambria Lynch, Marissa McGeachy, Alisha Pittman, and Alaya Reynolds. These contestants reported funds of $5,000 or more. All contestants are awarded 85 percent of their total reported funds as a scholarship sent directly to the college of their choice.
For the highest academic average, an award was presented to a junior and a senior. The Brown-Leonard Trophy was given to Shakyia Mercer, a senior at Northern Nash High School. Alaya Reynolds, a junior at Nash Central High School, received the Marguerite C. Armstrong Trophy.
Escorts for the occasion were Cooper Blackwell, a senior at Rocky Mount High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Blackwell IV and Austin Warner, a senior at Rocky Mount High School and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Warner
The contestants performed beautifully during a touching opening number. Prior to the crowning, each young lady was presented by and shared a lovely choreographed dance with her father/father-figure. The opening number ended with a tribute to Sorority’s centennial anniversary marking 100 years of sisterhood, scholarship, and service.
This year’s Jabberwock program was dedicated to Sorors Sarah Leonard, Irma Brown and Marguerite Armstrong, each of whom provided a roadmap to excellence in community service and academic pursuits and became the namesakes for the academic awards presented at each Rocky Mount Alumnae Jabberwock.
This year’s Jabberwock was chaired by Sylvia Anthony-McGeachy and co-chaired by Neva Blackwell. Katrina Alston Joyner serves as chapter president.