By Shekinah Ragland
On Feb. 16, the Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity had their 21st annual Miss Black and Gold pageant. Nine college women participated in this year’s pageant. This year’s theme was Cirque Du Soleil.
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity began the pageant off with the nine contestants stepping. Next, the fraternity introduced each of the nine ladies, followed by the presentation of the ladies’ talents, a group dance, a swimsuit showoff, and an evening gown walk.
In the final round, the top five contestants had to answer questions out of a fish bowl. The winner of Miss Black and Gold received a $3000 scholarship, second place received a $1500 scholarship, and third place received a $500 scholarship.
Akia Perkins, a freshman who placed fifth, said that Miss Black and Gold helped her in more ways than one.
“Being a freshman, it helped me step out of my comfort zone,” Perkins said. “Miss Black & Gold teaches you confidence and pose, and I had some great networking opportunities as well. “
Senior Lakeisha Johnson won the title of Miss Black and Gold 2014.
“The show was everything I imagined it to be and then some,” Johnson said. “All of us did an amazing job.”