Members of the Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter (NMAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Fortitude Foundation, Inc. presented their Miss Jabberwock Gala Saturday, April 6 at 6:00pm at Christ Church-Watson Hall in Nashville.
Ten beautiful young ladies vying for the title of Miss Jabberwock captivated the audience as they performed with grace and style to the Jabberwock theme “Debut of the Real Dream Girls”.
The entire Jabberwock Season was dedicated to a true Dream Girl, Mrs. Alice Outlaw. Alice has been a Delta more than 50 years and a member of the Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae since 1973.
The emcees for this grand occasion were community leaders Sharon Hurt, CEO JUMP and Adrian (AG) Granderson, local radio host and co-owner of Jazz and Jokes located in Nashville. The Hella Temple #105 served as the ushers for this occasion.
Miss Melondria Osborne was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2013.
Melondria is the daughter of Dariton & Melody Osborne. She is a junior at Hume Fogg High School where she received the 2010 History Student of the Year Award. She is a member of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for Math, a member of the debate team, 2010 Community A.L.E.R.T., and one of MNPS’ top student award recipient. Melondra was also recognized as the top 5 debaters in 2011-2012. Her community and church activities include Liturgical dance, plays, and black history speeches at Ebenezer Community Church. Melondria’s dream is to become a Defense Attorney!
First Runner-up is Miss Victoria Hill.(right on Featured Photo)
Victoria is the daughter of Michael & Sherita Hill. She is a sophomore at Hillsboro High School where she is a member of Bridging the Gap and the National Honor Society. Her community and church activities include serving as a volunteer at Room at the Inn and a member of the Youth Choir at the Living Word Community Church. Victoria’s dream is to become a Fashion Designer and start an International Design Fashion Business!
Second Runner-up is Miss Ke’Arra Allen.(on left on Featured Photo)
Ke’Arra is the daughter of Nicole & Charron Allen, Sr. She is an eighth grader at Kipp Academy where she is a member of the school choir and the cheerleader squad. Her community and church activities include the Youth Choir, Youth Ushers, Praise Ministry and College Ministry at Temple Church. She is also the Captain of the Cheerleading Squad for the Bordeaux Eagles. Ke’Arra’s dream is to become an Educator! She wants to teach others.
The other contestants in Miss Jabberwock 2013
Other Contestants were: Miss Jerilyn Elizabeth Evans. Jerilyn is the daughter of Alisa Johnson-Evans & Jake P. Evans. She is a freshman at Summit High School in Spring Hill, TN.
Miss De’Ja Gooch. De’Ja is the daughter of Thaddeus & Tenyelle Gooch. She is a freshman at Hume Fogg High School.
Miss Dallisa Kilcrease. Dallisa is the daughter of Sean & Dallisa A. Kilcrease. She is a senior at Whites Creeks High School.
Miss Elizabeth Kimbrough. Elizabeth is the daughter of Robin & Adric Kimbrough. She is an eighth grader at Overbrook School.
Miss Cierra McLemore. Cierra is the daughter of Celica McLemore and great niece of Emma Booker. She is a senior at Centennial High School in Franklin, TN.
Miss Jamila Ray. Jamila is the daughter of Robert & Pamela Ray. She is a junior at East Literature Magnet School.
Miss Stephanie Wade. Stephanie is the daughter of Steven & Tiffany Wade. She is a freshman at Hillsboro High School.
Other recognition awards presented: Miss Congeniality as voted by her peers went to Miss Jamila Ray and Miss Scholastic went to Miss Melondria Osborne.
Escorts for this occasion were Jarrett Knight, Darius Lindsey, Kylen Marshall, Josten McClain, Dedrick Earl Moulton, II, Daniel C. Shelton, Jr., Emmanuel Wallace, Darian Williams, and Jordan Wilson.
Special musical performances were given by Miss Nicole Robertson performing “Good Morning Heartache”, Miss Ashley Doxy performing “Listen” and Miss Mia Black performing “Love You I Do”.
Jabberwock is a fundraising activity for scholarship and other public service programs that begun as a unique means of raising scholarship funds. The word Jabberwock, copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was taken from Lewis Carroll’s tale, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. In the poem “Jabberwocky,” it was customary for creatures from throughout the kingdom to gather annually to present a gala pageant. The first “Jabberwock” was presented in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, by members of Iota Chapter in an effort to find new methods of raising money for their scholarship program.
Jabberwock has evolved over the past 80 years into a diverse program that continues to consist of skits, dances, individual and group talent showcases while advancing the goals and objectives of Delta’s scholarship program.
During the Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter’s 6-month Jabberwock season, young ladies had opportunities to participate in a program that did not focus on physical appearance but instead offered an opportunity to present them in a positive manner while learning the value of sisterhood, and service to the community. This experience included interactive workshops that centered on the Sorority’s five programmatic thrust.
The Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter (NMAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on June 28, 1973. From the start, NMAC began making preparations to implement the five-point programmatic thrust as set forth by Grand Chapter: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, & Political Awareness and Involvement.
NMAC projects are designed to provide a continual positive impact upon its entire service area of Davidson, Maury, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.
The Chair and co-chairs for this event were JoAnn Johnson, Shaana Worlds and Mary Bryant, respectively. The President of NMAC is Dr. LaMonica Stewart and the President of the Fortitude Foundation, Inc. is Kennetha Sawyers, Esq.
Featured Image Caption: Second Runner-up Miss Ke’Arra Allen (left) with Miss Melondria Osborne, Miss Jabberwock 2013 and First Runner-up Miss Victoria Hill(right)