Wednesday the fraternity of Omega Psi Phi hosted their Miss Omega Psi Phi Scholar- ship Pageant after leaving a three-year suspension. The pageant was filled with a lot of talent, grace, individuality and pose. As students walked into the auditorium they an- ticipated the three-year gap ending.
To start off the Omegas circus themed pageant the contestant danced across the stage wearing a velvet red and gold trapezes swingers dress. The pageant contents included eight girls from our prestige university of Grambling State: Ayanna Goodwin, Monique Williams, Chelsey Brown, Kendra Woods, Jessica Hayward, Mionne Feath– erstone, Thomika Andrews and Paisley Smalls.
The pageant consisted of business wear, swim wear, talent, formal wear and a ques–
tion and answer segments. As the girls competed for the title, other awards and accomplishments were acknowledged during the pageant. David “Rusty” Ponton, also known as “Coach P to students, received the Citizen of the Year Award. Simon Thei– us was named Omega Man of the Year.
“I am very privileged and honored for this opportunity,” said Theius.
Although they had eight girls, one stood out the most to judges, and the crowd. Brown, GSU’s new Miss 2013-2014 Omega Psi Phi, an aspiring doctor had the crowd’s attention when immolating the immaculate BeyoncÃ© Knowles’ dancing to a mix of her most recent songs. But, what appeased the crowd most was her confidence.
“I knew Chelsey would win because her confidence stood out more than any of the other contestants,” said Jamal Dylan.
Having a platform that includes her major of Biology made an impression on the judges. Showing that she is taking her education seriously, Brown’s platform is “Being Happy and Being Healthy!” With this platform, Brown plans perform actions toward the awareness of health and STDs, before hosting forums. The crowd responded to her ideas with cheers. She plans to inform students and “Walk Before They Talk” by donating to blood and plasma banks, and going with students to get information about diseases, etc.
“I am very excited about being Miss Omega,” said the Bi- ology major, “I was very anxious but I prayed.”
“I had help from Stevia Larry, Alex Perry and Ebony Myers throughout my journey,” said Brown.
Holding the Miss Gold title is Hayward, another crowd favorite and Miss Purple Featherstone. Both contestants stunned the crowd with their fabulous voices. Hay- ward sung the classic “Summer Time” and definitely gave it justice, while Featherstone sung a R&B ballad by Tank.
Before crowning Brown and the runner up’s other awards and plaques were handed out to the other contestants such as Miss Scholastic, Miss Marketing, Miss Congeniality, Best Formal Wear and Best Talent.
The brothers of the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi have had a talent search since 1945 and the recipient receives scholarship money. Adarian Williams was selected from Grambling Laboratory High School. She plans to attend GSU upon graduating to study pre-law. Williams performed throughout the pageant singing ‘There is Power in the Name of Jesus” uplifting the crowd.
Ending the pageant, former Miss Omega 2011-2013 Alexandria Smalls took her final walk, hoping that the next to hold the title has the qualities to inspire and implement the motto of the fraternity.