Southeastern student wins Louisiana District crown
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
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HAMMOND – Jacy Carpenter, a Southeastern Louisiana University junior psychology major from O’Fallon, Ill., was recently crowned Louisiana District Miss Black and Gold. Carpenter beat out 13 other contestants from around the state competing in formal introduction, interview, academic excellence, swimwear, formal wear, and on stage question.
A member and treasurer of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Carpenter is a senator with the Student Government Association, vice president of sororities for the Pan-Hellenic Council, and has served as a Southeastern Orientation Leader.
“Not only have I been able to showcase my talents, views and individuality through the Miss Black and Gold Pageant, but I have also been given the opportunity to show other young women that success in pageants is about much more than just beauty,” Carpenter said. “It takes intelligence, hard work, and most importantly, self-confidence to be a true queen.”
Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the annual pageant has four levels – chapter, district, regional and national.
“The Miss Black and Gold Pageant is an outgrowth of the long tradition of Alpha chapters’ designation of outstanding young ladies to serve as ‘Chapter Sweethearts,’” said Duane Donald, Alpha Phi Alpha advisor and state officer. “The fraternity recognizes the valuable support rendered to it by the many friends of Alpha Phi Alpha, and this endeavor serves as one mechanism to applaud such support.”
Carpenter will compete in the Regional Miss Black and Gold Pageant in Houston on March 18.