Written by: Brian Hickey
The first ever Royal Scholarship Pageant dazzled the crowd on Tuesday.
Brought to you by the Kappa Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, students watched as four women competed for the chance at a scholarship provided by the fraternity with help from their sponsors.
Finalist One : LaTessa Rivers, junior, sociology major.
Finalist Two: Carla Paige, freshman, theatre major.
Finalist Three : Erica Garcia, senior, mathematics major.
Finalist Four: Melissa Singleton, junior, criminal justice major.
The evening began with an introduction by hosts Jonathan Gray and Ariel Merriweather, which followed with a song from Miss White from the Miss Phi Beta Sigma pageant at Savannah State University.
The finalists participated in four categories that showcased their individuality. The first category was the “queen category” where each lady represented the queen of something and dressed accordingly.
The next categories included: sportswear, talent and question and answer.
As for the talent portion, Rivers played her clarinet as Paige sung “Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. Garcia, being a member of the color guard, spun her rifle and flag.
In the question and answer portion, each finalist was asked one question such as “What are your career goals?” or “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Guest performances during the show included Halle Sheppard’s ballet performance and a rap put on by MWO Entertainment. There was also a step performance by the Newbern Middle School step team.
“Our goal was to make it entertaining,” Jonathan Gray, executive director and host, said. “We didn’t want it to be your traditional pageant.”
As winners were announced, Rivers was titled Miss Spirited, Singleton was titled Miss Kappa Delta and Garcia took home Miss Blue and White. The winner of the coveted title of Miss Phi Beta Sigma was Paige.
“It felt breathtaking,” said Paige. “I never thought I’d get an opportunity like this. It’s not something I would expect. Like you work hard and you don’t think you’re going to get it and then you get it.”