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Pageant raises $33K in scholarships

Special to the Exchange

May 2, 2014

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg branch of the National Association of University Women held its ninth pre-teen Dubutante Pageant on April 19.


The pageant theme was “Buds of Promise — Determined, Intelligent, Vivacious, Ambitious, Successful.” Fourteen girls were presented in their Sunday attire and escorted by junior escorts. During their second presentation, the girls wore their formal wear and were escorted by the senior escorts.


Entertainment was provided by soloist Sommore Terry, instrumentalist Nyjel Graham and the David Pankey Trio, a jazz group from Charlotte. The reigning queen Laila Cummings crowned the new queen.


Winners for the night were Queen, Carrie JeNiya Fuller — $10,543 — sponsored by Marie Willis; First Runner-Up Tawanna Revels — $3,624.65 — sponsored by Joyce McDow; and Second Runner-up Zynae Kelly — $3,375 — sponsored by Barbara Kelly. Scholarship funds raised totaled $33,135.35.


Other pre-teen participants were Kayla Alford, Icess Davis, Hope Hardison, Tomarra Johnson, Timia Kelly, Daeshonda Patterson, Nykira Robinson, BriAnna Steele, Ashley Whitfield, Ariah Williams and Juhiyu’ Williams.


Regina Smalls and Doris Davis were pageant co-chairpersons.


“We are very grateful to the community for their excellent support of this event,” Smalls said.