Contestants prepare for Miss Black CU pageant

Five Cameron University students are preparing for the 30th Annual Dr. Valree Wynn Miss Black CU Pageant, which takes place on Saturday, February 7. Festivities will get underway at 7 p.m. at the University Theatre. The theme for this year's pageant is "Changing Lives: A Tribute to Black Women." Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children and can be purchased on campus at the CU Student Activities Building, in the Office of Student Development and at the North Shepler help desk.

This year's contestants are Shanice Biggins, a Lawton sophomore music major; Kacie Burris, a Midwest City junior pre-nursing major; Jade Carter, a freshman pre-nursing major from Tallahassee, Florida; Candice Lewis, a freshman psychology major from Lawton, and Constina McIntyre, a Houston, Texas, freshman majoring in business marketing.

Contestants will be judged on five criteria: Personal Morning Interview, Introductory Speech, Talent, Evening Wear and Onstage Question and Answer. Judges for the pageant include Steven Biles, drama teacher at Eisenhower High School; Roilyne Juanita-Thelma Achong, Miss Black Lawton 2006 and coordinator for Miss Black Oklahoma 2007; writer and public speaker Esther Hunter, author of "Open Doors and Solid Walls"; Jody M. Sherry, retired educator and two-time past president of Lawton Arts for All, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra and Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary; and DeShawn Weekly, 1994 Dr. Valree Wynn Miss Black CU, former Miss Lawton and past pageant director.

Dr. Valree Wynn, pageant co-founder, career educator and member of the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, will be honored during the ceremony, as will former holders of the Miss Black CU title. Approximately 10 past winners are expected to attend.

The Dr. Valree Wynn Miss Black CU Pageant is presented by the Cameron University Ebony Society, which celebrates and promotes African-American culture and provides an atmosphere to enhance each member's growth - socially, culturally, and individually - in order to produce a more promising future.

Pageant sponsors include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Bon Ton Social & Civic Club, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

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January 28, 2009
PR#09-011