Neweta Club announces winners of its Black Awareness Pageant

by Staff Reports


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Raven Roberts (left) was the winner of the recent Neweta Club Black Awareness Pageant for 1st through 5th grades. Jaliyah Elder (center) took first runner-up honors and Natel Cousin (right) was second runner-up.

The Neweta Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. recently hosted the club’s 38th Annual Black Awareness Pageant at the Wadsworth Auditorium.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by “Blessings X2,” composed of Jenna and Janna Jones, and professional vocalist/recording artist Reginald Carl “Reggie” Dancil. The entertainers shared their dance and vocal talents for the event.

Diamond Garnigan, first runner-up, “2012 Miss Black Awareness,” was the first program participant and welcomed everyone to the pageant, followed by club member Alice Malcolm, who provided the inspiration and an interesting summary of the occasion.

Club member Wilma Simmons introduced the Neweta Adult Club members, and Freda Zackery introduced the Neweta Youth Club members. Emcees for the evening were Martha Guy and Freddie Britt, who both brought excitement and pleasantries as they introduced the contestants.

The Pageant Processional was elegant, with contestants who had been coached to exhibit poise, pride and personality.

The processional of 2013 Black Awareness contestants included Mr. B & P, Pre-Kindergarten, First-Fifth Grades, Sixth-Eighth Grades, and Ninth-Twelfth Grades. 

The winners of each category were crowned and acknowledged with flowers, trophies, medallions or scepters, and a percentage of their fundraising efforts by Brenda Martin, president, and Radiedre’ Hill, first vice-president, and assisted by Octavia Mahone and Gail Miller. 

The participants and winners in the various categories were:

• Mr. B&P — Justin Burdett -  Winner, and Joshua Martin – First Runner-up.

• Preschool — Kasey Davis - Winner,  Scotlin Rose Martin - First Runner-up, Diona Amore Dantasia Tolbert .

• 1st-5th Grades — Ahdeshia Alexander, Keniya Alexander, Javia Barber,   Natel Cousin – Second Runner-up, Iyana Delaleu, Jaliyah Elder – First Runner-up, London Mikasa Martin, Makala Philpot, Angel Richardson, Raven Roberts - Winner.

6th-8th Grades — Kaelin Garnigan - Winner.

9th-12th Grades — Destiny Garnigan - Winner, Diamond Garnigan – Second Runner-up, Morgan Ward – First Runner-up.

Also recognized were winners of the various pageant contests. Each participant received a certificate and the winners received gift cards. Each activity was a learning experience and age/developmentally appropriate. Winners are noted among the participants, as follows:

Art contest – Justin Burdett (Winner), Kasey Davis, Scotlin Martin, Diona Tolbert.

Poetry contest – Raven Roberts (Winner), Angel Richardson, Jaliyah Elder, Javia Barber, Makala Philpot.

Black History Activity – Angel Richardson, Raven Roberts, London Martin, Joshua Martin, Scotlin Martin, Makala Philpot, Iyana Delaleu, Destiny Garnigan, Diamond Garnigan, Kaelin Garnigan.

Family and friends contest – Angel Richardson.

Spirit Award – Angel Richardson (Winner), London Martin, Makala Philpot, Raven Roberts.

The ticket stub drawings for $75, $50, and $25 were presented by Mildred Addy.

Closing remarks were made by the Neweta Club President Brenda Martin. Remaining Neweta Club members and officers are: Mildred Addy, Corresponding Secretary; Jan Maycock Cooks; Sheila Echols; Mary Elder; Radiedre’ Hill, First Vice-President; Annie Hines; Beverly Hill-Jackson, Financial Secretary; Octavia Mahone; Alice Malcolm; J. Gail Miller; Cathy Moses; Wilma Simmons, Treasurer; Gertrude Smith; Linette Ward; and Freda Zackery, Second Vice-President.

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