Neweta Club holds annual youth Black Awareness Pageant
The Neweta Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. hosted its 39th Annual Black Awareness Pageant April 12 at the Wadsworth City Auditorium
Family and friends of the contestants, and supporters of the Neweta Club attended the evening pageant again this year. Admission was free to the public. “Public support is sincerely appreciated,” said President Brenda Martin.
Entertainment was provided by the professional vocalist/recording artist Reginald Carl “Reggie” Dancil. The emcee was Freddie Britt, also a talented vocalist and recording artist as well as a long standing Neweta supporter, Martin said.
Dstiny Garnigan, “2013 Miss Black Awareness,” was the first program participant and welcomed everyone to the pageant, followed by member Alice Malcolm with the inspiration and an interesting summary of the occasion. Member Wilma Simmons introduced the Neweta adult club members and member Denise Winston introduced the Neweta youth club members.
Britt introduced the contestants during a pageant processional. A special feature of the contestant processional was the Martin Luther King Jr. Black History Facts. Each contestant recited a fact about the life and work of Dr. King after they introduced themselves to the audience. Contestants were coached to exhibit poise, pride and personality for the processional.
The processional of 2014 Black Awareness Contestants included those for the categories of Mr. B & P, Preschool-Kindergarten, First-Fifth Grades, Sixth-Eighth Grades, and Ninth-Twelfth Grades. The winners of each category were crowned/acknowledged with flowers, trophies/medallions/scepters, and a percentage of their fundraising efforts by Martin and First Vice-President Radiedre’ Hill, assisted by members Octavia Mahone and Mary Elder. Also, each contestant received a trophy and a special gift, compliments of the Neweta Club.
Winners and participants included:
• Mr. B&P – Caine Elder, winner; *Joshua Martin, first runner-up; other participants: Joshua Benton, Chandler Reid, Christian Reid. • Preschool/Kindergarten – Victoria Mack, winner; Kasey Davis, first runner-up; Diona Amore Dantasia Tolbert , second runner-up; also participating, Scotlin Rose Martin. • 1st-5th – Starlis Thompson, winner; Natel Cousin, first runner-up; Angel Richardson, second runner-up; also participating, London Mikasa Martin. • 6th -8th – Jaliyah Elder, winner; India Simmons, first runner-up; also participating, Iyana Delaleu. • 9th-12th – Kaelin Garnigan, winner; Destiny Garnigan, first runner-up; Diamond Garnigan, second runner-up. Each participant received a certificate and the winners received gifts. Activities were part of the pageant as a learning experience and were age/developmentally appropriate:
• Art contest – Kasey Davis and Scotlin Martin.
• Essay Contest - Jaliyah Elder and Starlis Thompson. • Black History Activity – All contestants.
• Black History Quiz – Jaliyah Elder.
• Family and friends contest – Jaliyah Elder. • Spirit Award – London Martin.
The Neweta Club launched the Neweta Kids Club for BAP contestants pre-school through 11 years old. Charter members are: Joshua Benton, Caine Elder, Joshua Martin, Kasey Davis, Victoria Mack, Scotlin Martin, Diona Tolbert, Natel Cousin, London Martin, Angel Richardson, Starlis Thompson, and Jaliyah Elder. The ticket stub drawing for $75, $50, and $25 was presented by Sheila Echols. “We were delighted that one of the three winners was present to receive the monetary prize. The other prizes were mailed to the addresses shown on the ticket stubs,” Martin said.
In closing remarks Martin noted that the 2014 Black Awareness Pageant is also a registered “Global Youth Service Day Project: Youth Service America.”
“As a result of our registration, a YSA volunteer from Peachtree City, Durotini Adisa, and his family attended the pageant and a donation was received from another person who follows the YSA and Neweta activities,” Martin said. The goal of Global Youth Service Day, she said, is to guide young people on a life-long path of service and civic engagement; to have a positive impact on young people in the communities through meaningful youth-led awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropy projects in the areas of health, education, human services, human rights, and the environment.
The Neweta Youth Club – in addition to NANBPWC, Inc. requirements – and the Neweta Kids Club are organized to participate in activities throughout the year.