From press reports
For over thirty years, seniors from Winston County schools have participated in the Miss Ebonette Scholarship Program. The pageant is an excellent opportunity for some of Winston County’s brightest and most accomplished high school seniors who are college bound to compete for scholarships. The public is invited to the event. The competition is set for Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7 PM in the Louisville High School Auditorium. The theme for the event will be “Easter Joy, Hop To It.” Fifteen local contestants will vie for a chance to be named Miss Ebonette 2012 and several scholarships. They are Halley Darden, Alexis K. Hampton, Jasmine Hannah, Dashawnna Hardin, Chastidy Haynes, Daneen Hicks, Danielle Hicks, Ecel Hogan, Kaylin N. Hopkins, Tiara Houston, Chonda Lawson, Jasmine Leach, Jamesha Lewis, Cherish Triplett and Precious Worthy. Four scholarships will be awarded: Miss Ebonette- $1, 000; 1st Alternate- $300; 2nd Alternate- $200; and a Scholastic Award-$100. The Talent winner will receive a trophy. All contestants will be awarded a trophy and will be pictured on the Ebonette Community Birthday Calendar for 2013. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Pearlean Y. McReynolds will serve as chairperson and Maxine Coburn serves as co-chairperson for the pageant. Please contact contestants and members of the Ebonette Club for tickets. • Halley Darden, is the daughter of Nellie and Melvin Darden. Her favorite subject is English IV. Her plans are to attend East Central Community College for two years and then transfer to the University of West Alabama, She is has hopes to become a Respiratory Therapist because she wants to help people with breathing problems breathe better. Miss Darden is a member of TSA, where she serves as the reporter. She plays the drums in the Louisville High School Band. She has been in the band for a total of seven years, including the Symphonic Band for two years. She enjoys playing the drums, writing poetry, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. She is a former member of the Girl Scouts and Heaven’s Joy Choir. Darden is a member of Miller Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Her creative and performing art presentation will be performing a praise dance to “I Told the Storm” by Greg O’Quinn • Dashawnna Tiara Hardin, is the daughter of Kenisha and Pierre Hardin. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are English, History, Science and overall Forestry. Upon graduation, she will be attending the summer session at Mississippi State University. She would like to obtain a career in Fashion Design so that she can design clothing that will give people confidence in their self-image. Her honors in high school include Students against Destructive Decisions, Future Farmers of America and FCCLA. In her spare time she enjoys reading, designing, caring for animals, babysitting and any outdoor recreation. She has volunteered for the local Louisville Poetry Slam Organization. Hardin is a member of Union Chapel M.B. Church. She will be playing Beethoven’s “ Fur Elise” on the piano. • Alexis Kierra Hampton is the daughter of Marilyn Hampton and Stephen and Clara Hampton. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are Physics and English IV. She plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall. She hopes to pursue a career as a Social Psychologists, because he loves to observe people in their surroundings and analyze their behavior. She is a member of Student Council, where she serves as Student Body President. She has been in the band for seven years, including Symphonic Band for four years and served as Colorguard Captain for the past two years. In the band she has received Most Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior awards. She is the Senior Representative for Students Against Destructive Decisions and a SADD mentor. She has been in the Drama Club for the past three years and received Best Supporting Actress for 2011 during theatric competition at Mississippi State University. She is also a member of Skills USA. She enjoys singing, dancing, playing the flute, attending poetry slams with friends, spending time with family and listening to motivational speakers, She is the Vice President of the NAACP Youth Council, a participant in ACT-SO and a vocalist at the local poetry slams. She is an active member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where she attends weekly. She is the Secretary of the Youth Activities and a member of the Youth Choir. She will be singing “A Change Gon’ Come” by Sam Cooke. • Jasmine Kiarra Hannah is the daughter of Janice Hannah and the late Winfred Hannah. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are English and Science. Her plans are to attend The University of Mississippi. Her hopes are to become a doctor specializing in neonatology, because she loves science and wants to help children. She has been a member of the Drama and Beta Club for four years. She has been a member of the Color Guard for three years and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions for two years. She served as a Student Council member for two years in which she served as secretary of her junior class. She served as a member of TSA for one year; She received the Accelerated English III Award. She is an avid reader of books. She enjoys playing tennis. She also enjoys playing Wii with her nieces and nephews She is a volunteer for the Winston County Boys and Girls Club. She is a Baptist. She will be performing a color guard presentation. • Chastidy Haynes is the daughter of Johnnie and Aline Haynes. She is a senior at Grace Christian School. Her favorite subjects are Economics and Theatre. Her plans are to attend Mississippi State University and pursue a career in Elementary Education because she loves children and wants to make sure they get an education starting at an early age. She has been awarded the Distinguished Christian High School Student award in fine arts and athletics, keyboard festival award, offensive and defensive player award for volleyball, offensive player award for softball, FCA invitational varsity volleyball award, East Hill Christian School Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Award. In her spare time she enjoys playing volleyball and softball. She is a member of 4-H and the Beta Club, Student Council Representative, Volunteer for Abundant Life Outreach Ministry which includes: Feed the 1,000, fundraiser for the Winston County Boys and Girls Club, fundraisers for emergency assistance to those in need, Buffalo Soldiers annual toy drive, Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon, Winston County Relay for Life, Annual Fun Run for Quinn Gregory, and Operation Christmas Child. She is a member if Pleasant Grove U.M. Church where she sings in the Youth Choir, member of the usher board, and Sunday School Secretary. She will be playing a piano solo by Friedrich Burgmuller entitled “The Storm”. • Daneen Mariah Hicks is the daughter of Henry and Michelle Hudson. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are English IV and Pre-Cal. She has hopes to attend Hinds Community College. She has recently joined the U. S. Army reserves. Upon returning from training she plans to major in psychology because she loves listening to people and helping them. She was awarded All American Cheerleader and Best Defensive Basketball Player. Her hobbies include cheering, playing basketball, running track, praise dancing, and hanging out with friends. She is currently a member of the NAACP. She is a member of Friendship M. B. Church, where she sings in the youth choir and is a member of the praise team. She will be performing a praise dance to “The Storm is Over Now” by Kirk Franklin. • Danielle Maya Hicks is the daughter of Henry and Michelle Hudson. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are English IV, Spanish I, II and Math. She has hopes to attend Meridian Community College for two years and then transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi. She has recently joined the U. S. Army Reserves. She chose the military because she would like to learn more self-discipline and most importantly help fight for our country’s freedom. After returning from basic training, she plans to attend Meridian Community College and major in the Pediatric Nursing. She wants to make a difference in just one child’s life at St. Jude Hospital. She is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and DECA. Her hobbies include cheering, praise dancing, singing and hanging out with friends. She is currently a member of the NAACP. She is a member of Friendship M. B. Church where she sings in the youth choir and is a member of the praise team. She will be performing a praise dance to ”Lean On ME” by Kirk Franklin. • Ecel Hogan is the daughter of Janice and Jimmie Hogan. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are U. S. History and Physics I. She hopes to attend Alcorn State University. Her plans are to become a physical therapist because she loves to help other people. She is a former member of the Beta Club. Currently she is a member of the Drama Club. Her freshman year she received the New Comers Award. Her sophomore years she received Best Defense Award and she made All Division in Fast Pitch. Her junior year she received the Sharp Shooter Award. She is a member of the band for five years. Her hobbies include playing basketball and softball and singing. She is a member of Morning Start Baptist Church where she attends Sunday School and Bible groups. She has also been a member of the choir. She will be performing a monologue “I am a Soldier”. • Kaylin Nicole Hopkins is the daughter of Farris and Teresa Hopkins. She is a senior at Louisville High School Her favorite subjects are Math and Science She has plans to attend East Central Community College where she will be a member of the Lady Warriors Softball Team. After receiving an Associate’s Degree, she will further her education at Mississippi State University. She plans to pursue a degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Math and Science so that she can be a positive role model by building character in the upcoming generation. She has received the following awards a Louisville High School: Homecoming Queen, Most Athletic, Number 3 in her class rank, Honor Graduate, All American Cheerleader, Softball Award, Best Defense, Best Offense, All-Division, Leadership Award, Most Valuable Player, Who’s Who Among America’s High School Athletics and Scholars. In addition, she is a member of Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletics, Student Council, and the L Club. She enjoys playing all types of sports and participating in Cheerleading, Track, Soccer, and both Fast-Pitch and Slow-Pitch Softball. She likes to shop. Listen to music, dance and spend time with her family and friends. In her spare time she visits residents at Winston County Nursing Home, where she sings Christmas Carols and other songs to entertain the residents. She also paints the faces of children in the community at local benefits and fundraisers. She attends Bethel Baptist Church and she enjoys reciting poems to her fellow congregation. She will be performing a dance tribute, choreographed by Mel Young, to the late Whitney Houston, to the hit single. ”I Want to Dance with Somebody”. • Shantiara Monique Houston is the daughter of Chief Petty Officer Matthew Houston and Pamela Houston. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subject is Study Block. She has plans to attend either the University of Alabama or University of Southern Mississippi. She plans to pursue a career in teaching kindergarten, because she loves children. She is an honor roll student. She auditioned for and was accepted into a visual and performing arts school. She has been a part of the annual staff and drama club. She has already taken College Algebra and English in which she made all A’s. Based upon her grades and standardized test scores she has been offered a scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi. She enjoys being a cheerleader, running track, dancing and gymnastics. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, reading, listening to music, shopping, and doing pageants. She was a contestant in the Parade of Colors Pageant where she won first place. She has also had the opportunity to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy by participating in the Winston County Pilot Club, where she won fifth place. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She will be performing a contemporary ballet dance choregraphed by herself. • Chonda Denise Lawson is the daughter of James and Kim Gill. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are Math and Science. She has plans to attend Grambling State University. She wants to become a crime scene investigator because she would to solve crimes and help people who lose loved ones. She is an Honor graduate, in which she will be graduating #14 out of her class. She has been a member of the Lady Wildcats basketball team, Louisville High School Track Team, and a member of the LHS Pride of Louisville Marching Band for two years. She is also a member of Beta Club and TSA. She attends the 2011 Fun Run for Quinn. She is a member of Union Chapel M. B. Church. She will be singing “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin. • Jasmine Leach is the daughter of Erica Jones. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subject is Physics and English. She plans to attend East Central Community College. She hopes to be an anesthesiologist because it is the job of her dreams. She also feels that it is a job that will help take care of her family. She was awarded Best Distant Runner of 2009. She enjoys playing soccer. She participated in the SADD mentors step team, a member of the LHS Drama Club for three years, and the LHS Cross Country Team. She has volunteered for the Winston County Boys and Girls Club. She is a member of Mount Pleasant #1 M. B. Church. She will be performing a praise dance. • Jamesha Le’Woneki Lewis is the daughter of Shirley Hardin, James Lewis and Helen Hornesbuger. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are English IV and Pre-Calculus. She will be attending Tougaloo College in the spring of 2012 after returning from completing her basic training for the U.S. Army Reserve. She hopes to someday become a Forensic Expert, because she believes that no one’s family should have to live with not knowing what happened to their family member. She also believes that no one should be able to get away with homicide. She is part of Louisville High School Wildcats Battalion. She has been a part of the JROTC (junior reserve officer training corps) program for four years and has earned the high ranking of Lieutenant Colonel and she is the Battalion’s Executive Officer. She received the Superior Cadet award her Sophomore year. She is a member of SADD (students against destructive decisions) She is also a Senior LHS BETA Club member. While she has maintained her grades throughout high School she is an honor graduate and is ranked #20 among her Senior Class. She enjoys praise dancing, working out, spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, listening to inspirational speakers, listening to music and shopping. She volunteers at the boys and girls club of Winston County. She also volunteers at the Winston County Nursing Home. She is a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. She is a member of the Youth Choir and also a member of the church’s praise team. As her talent, she will be performing the monologue “What If I Am A Black Woman”. • Cherish Jeanetta Triplett is the daughter of Jewel Triplett and Jerry Kelly. She is a senior of Louisville High School. Her favorite subjects are Forestry and A. P. Biology, She plans to attend Mississippi State University, She hopes one day to become a Broadcasting Journalist because she wants to be the voice of the people. She was voted Senior Maid 2011, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Future Farmers of America, and Family Career and Community Leaders of America. In her spare time she enjoys drawing, singing, writing poetry, and performing at poetry slams. She is a member of the NAACP, Act-So, The Louisville Poetry Slam, N- Fusion, Unity’s Community Choir, and Woman to Woman Organization. She is a member of Wesley Methodist Church. She will be performing a self-written poem entitled “Lullabies”. • Precious T’Chelle Worthy is the daughter of Tina Roach. She is a senior at Louisville High School. Her favorite subject is math. She hopes to attend East Central Community College. She wants to go to school and major in Business Management. She would like to own her own business one-day. She is and active member of TSA & L Club. She was honored most improved Basketball Player 2010-2011. Her hobbies are playing basketball and spending time with her family and friends. She participates in various activities. She is a member of Mt. Calvary M. B. Church and a member of the Youth Choir. She will be performing a monologue, Crazy? By Mindy Jones.