Six beautiful debutantes graced the stage of Hillside High School Auditorium in anticipation of the Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jabberwock Scholarship Gala. The 2017 theme of this annual event, held Sat. February 18, was “Precious Stones, Priceless Treasures.”
The debutantes showed off their dramatic talent with Contemporary Dance, Spiritual to Pop Singing and
Poetry/Spoken Word Performances. The moment that many awaited came with the crowning of Miss Jabberwock 2017 – Kayla Beasley. The Jabberwock Court consisted of 1st Runner-up Nyah Hasan and 2nd Runner-upTyler Scott. Other superlative awards presented were Mr. Personality – Wesley King II and Miss Congeniality – Nyah Hasan
Carrington Baker, a Leesville Road High School junior, is the daughter of Mrs. Stephanie Holloway-Baker & Mr. Terry Baker. She was escorted by Brandon Baker. Delta mentor was Mrs. Theodosia Shields.
Kayla Beasley, a Hillside High School junior, is the daughter of Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley & Mr. Darryl Beasley. She was escorted by Christian Rich. Delta mentors were Mrs. Brenda Harding and Mrs. Lisa King.
Nyah Hasan, a Charles E. Jordan High School senior, is the daughter of Mrs. Lisa & Mr. Muhammad Hasan. She was escorted by Kayin Fails. Delta mentors were Mrs. Sandra Lawson and Mrs. Michelle Graham-Freeman.
Tyler Scott, a Charles E. Jordan High School senior, is the daughter of Ms. Tamla Tymus & Mr. Eric Scott. She was escorted by Wesley King II. Delta mentors were Mrs. Chantae Bohannon Mangum and Mrs. Demetria Jones.
Ciara Walker-Park, a City of Medicine Academy senior, is the daughter of Mrs. Aretha Walker & Mr. Vincent Park. She was escorted by Javier Gibson. Delta mentor was Mrs. Angelique Witherspoon.
Michaiah Wilson, a Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School senior, is the daughter of Ms. Marjorie Wilson & Mr. Virgil Ward. She was escorted by Kendric Holt. Delta mentor was Mrs. Terri Godwin Hyman.
The Jabberwock was initially presented in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts. Jabberwock, a word copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., derives from Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice in Wonderland nonsense poem “Jabberwocky,” in which it was customary for creatures from throughout the kingdom to gather annually to present a gala event.
The Durham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has held this annual scholarship program since 1962, awarding scholarships to Durham County residents. The Jabberwock Gala is a formal event resulting from the culmination of social activities, community service, educational workshops, and scholarship fundraising opportunities. The scholarships awarded to the 2017 Jabberwock debutantes were in excess of $71,000.00.
By Chonna Campbell, Journalist – Durham Alumnae Chapter