Five Cameron University coeds will vie for the title of Miss Black CU at the 32nd Annual Dr. Valree Wynn Miss Black CU Pageant, scheduled for Saturday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the Cameron University Theatre. This year’s pageant theme is “Making Our Dreams A Reality.” Competing for the title are Neila Etienne, Chaira Flanders, LaWanna McWilliams, Leah Mazur and Javee Morris. Contestants will be judged on five criteria: personal interview, ambassadorial wear, talent, evening wear and onstage question and answer. Cameron students Brandi Goldsmith of Lawton and Michael Faggett of Dallas will serve as emcees. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $6 for children aged 12 and under and can be purchased on the CU Lawton campus in the McMahon Centennial Complex Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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.
About the contestants
Neila Etienne, a senior from St. David’s, Grenada, is majoring in theater arts and international languages. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in fine arts and would like to one day open her own theater company. Her platform is drama – making a change in young people’s lives.
Chaira Flanders, from Sadlers, St. Kitt’s, is a freshman majoring in business administration. She plans to pursue a doctorate in business and hopes to create her own successful and profitable business. Her platform is self-respect.
LaWanna McWilliams of Lawton is a sophomore majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree and would like to own her own fashion store. Her platform is stop the bullying.
Cache native Leah Mazur is junior majoring in theater arts. She plans to pursue a graduate degree and hopes to become a resident designer for a foreign theater company. Leah’s platform is breaking down barriers through individuality.
Javee Morris of Basseterre, St. Kitt’s, is a senior with a double major in multimedia design and business administration with a concentration in marketing. She plans to pursue a law degree and then hopes to become a marketing consultant and Web designer. Her platform is child abuse awareness.
January 26, 2011