Eleven young men from the JSU campus participated in a scholarship-based pageant last Tuesday night, hosted by the Kappa Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Contestants walked the stage of the Leone Cole Auditorium modeling a series of sportswear, formal wear and casual clothing for a chance to earn an undisclosed amount in scholarships.
"I'm overwhelmed," said contestant Darrick English. "I look at this as a privilege."
Many of the men viewed the pageant as an opportunity to bring about self-empowerment, as well as appreciation for the value of one's self.
"This is definitely a confidence builder," said contestant Joshua Garret.
University photographer Kendal Westbrooks explained that something of this caliber is a positive and cherished asset to one's life record and legacy.
"Being a part of this in the long run will help me," said the Marietta, Ga. native. "This will be another good thing that I can say I've done."
The majority of men were chosen through recommendations from the sorority's chapter, as well as other individuals from the university. They received further consideration through their involvement on campus and ability to be a role model for other males.
The local chapter of the historically black sorority mentioned that it has not hosted an event of this nature since 2009. Its last reigning debonair, 20-year-old Columbiana, Ala. native Josh Jones, said it's great to see the affair revitalized.
"I think it's a beautiful thing," he said. "There are a lot of fine young gentlemen to represent this university."