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Social and Civic Whirl: The Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Deltas held their 2015 Jabberwock

The Chesapeake- Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Delta Foundation sponsored their 9th biennial Jabberwock at the Westin Hotel-Virginia Beach Town Center. This “debutante style scholarship pageant” presented eleven high school juniors and seniors, selected on the basis of their scholastic achievement, from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth who competed for the title of “Miss Jabberwock 2015.” “Jewels of Radiance and Grace” was the theme for this beautiful affair honoring some of our local young ladies.

Prior to the pageant, the young ladies were involved in a series of educational, cultural, social and community activities. The top winners were Raegan Troi Tatum, a junior at Bayside High School/Virginia Beach who was crowned “Miss Jabberwock 2015;” the first runner-up was Quenicia Mone’ Norvelll who is a senior at Churchland High School/Portsmouth; and Zhanni Done’t Harvey second runner-up is a senior at Kempsville High School/Virginia Beach. Other lovely debutantes included Brittany Lundy, Jada Jones, Kraya Campbell, Skylar Roberts, Jaylin McNair, Jhazmin Raysor, Ashley Mickens and Myijah Cowell.

Maxine E. Lyons, Josephine Stanley-Brown and Terri Copeland served as chairpersons for this wonderful afternoon celebrating our lovely young ladies. Theresa G. Baker is President of the Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Cheryl Footman-Banks is Chairperson of the Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Delta Foundation.


On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, with many women wearing beautiful spring/summer hats, women and a sprinkling of men enjoyed an afternoon of beautiful music performed by the Forte’ Jazz Band and a delicious lunch at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Dr. Violet J. Hoyle, President of Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha welcomed the guests. Dr. Veleka Gatling, accompanied by her husband, sang “Lord I Come to You.”

Following the musical selection, Mrs. April Harmon, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, presented each of the Norfolk high school recipients a $1,500 scholarship. Nadia Miales from Granby High School will attend Howard University; Deja Rogers representing Lake Taylor High School has chosen Norfolk State University; Tyeira Stanton a graduate of Granby High will matriculate at Howard University; and Virginia State University will have Danielle Wright who is graduating from Booker T. Washington High School as a new freshman. Michelle Brown is the 4 year recipient of the Hermione Jackson Scholarship. After the scholarship presentations, Mrs. Ruth G. Jarvis graced the meal and lunch was served.

While some guests were finishing their delicious meal, Mrs. J. Gilliam Brown had the audience laughing with her comedy routine “Laughing is Contagious.” This was followed by some attendees parading their hats and the winner receiving a Money Hat. Before the dancing started and the Forte’ Jazz Band resumed playing there were several raffle presentations and remarks by Mrs. Markita Heard/Fundraising Committee Chairperson.

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Proceeds from this lovely event will benefit Iota Omega’s Community Service Programs and Scholarship endeavors.

For more details/information, please contact administrative assistant at (757) 857-0197.

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