Student leaders display talents at Nubian Extravaganza

Students competing for leadership positions took the first step in securing their titles at the Nubian Extravaganza, held Mar. 30 in the Little Theater.

Pageant positions/contestants included: Miss LOC, Miss Purple and Gold and Miss Essence contestants were Ga’Nasua Hall, Lauren Joiner and Trakiesha Millbrook; Mr. LOC and First Gentleman competitors were Krishun Lovelace and Chavan Smith; Mr. UNCF was Ladarius Wallace; Mr. Senior was Devin Craft; Miss Junior was Natalie Brown; Miss Sophomore contestants were Debriana Cain, and Ariyan Hines; and Mr. Sophomore was Joe Mvula.

During the pageant judges evaluated contestants in four categories:  oratory excellence, creative presentation, formal attire, and question and answer. The judges’ scores will be combined on March 31 to determine the final winners.

“Everyone is a winner,” said Professor Ruby Minter, coordinator of the Royal Connection. “If they meet criteria they have a place in the pageant.” All contestants must maintain a GPA of 3.1 or higher.

The judges consisted of alumnus Donald Grayer, former Mr. UNCF, Tonya Love, fashion retailer from Atlanta, and Dale Williams, director of the HBCU Kings and Queens Leadership Conference.

In addition, each contestant responded to the question, “Are HBCUs still relevant?” to demonstrate their oratory skills.

During the creative presentation portion, each contestant displayed a talent, including reciting poems, singing, dancing, acting, and playing instruments.

In the third category, formal attire, each contestant modeled and was judged by appropriateness, neatness, and execution.

Lastly, during the question and answer category, each contestant randomly chose a question and responded about their plans to improve the school with their leadership positions.