Omega Psi Phi fraternity sponsored a Miss Omega scholarship pageant Saturday, April 1 in T. H. Harris auditorium. The competition was narrowed down to six lucky contestants.
The pageant gave one special Grambling State University female the chance to be awarded $500.
The theme of the night was "The Spirit of a City: A Tribute to New Orleans." Starting the night with the classic jazz hit "Do Watcha Wanna" as the six contestants choreography dazzled the crowd with their spinning umbrellas and fun dance steps. The ladies later came to the stage in professional attire each stating their hometown, major, and a philosophy on life. Contestant Volanda Williams stated "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
The crowd was given a quick intermission by the Orchesis Dance Company as they shook the stage with their silver outfits and graceful and upbeat dance steps to "Don’t Chi" by the Pussycat dolls.
The pageant got back on track with the contestants modeling of swimsuits from Calvin Klein to DKNY from classic white with sparking rhinestones to vibrant kiwi green. Each showing the crowd their sexiest cat walks as the crowd enthusiastically cheered them on. As the show continued each contestant showed the crowed there unique talents from spitting poems, African styled dancing, and showing their musical talents.
The end of the night was approaching as trophies for best swimsuit and congeniality where given. The contestants waited with anticipation (with smiles which after a long period of time begin to look painful) as the judges maked their final decisions on Miss Gold, Miss Purple, and Miss Omega. An Omega escorts each contestant off stage one by one leading closer to revealing the lucky three.
First stepping forwards junior, majoring in biology and Spanish Starkelia Moore to honor her as Miss Gold, secondly Cheryl Cooper sophomore, majoring in mass comm. as Miss Purple, and finally sophomore majoring in biology Jennifer White as Miss Omega.
The crowd seemed ecstatic as the winners were called and the three young ladies seemed to be even happier. Miss Omega said her first reaction when she received her crown was "I was so surprised, I wasn’t expecting them to call contestant number three. It was almost a relief, all my hard work paid off."
Later when asked what do you feel it took to become Ms.Omega? Jennifer replied "All of my time, patience, effort, and prayer."