Miss Ebony Scholarship Pageant has a distinguished history at Indiana State University since 1970, then known as Miss Black ISU, and was later termed Miss Ebony in 1972. This pageant open to all women and allows them to showcase their beauty with brains as well as talent and to assists women in pursuing their educational goals.
On Sunday, Miss Ebony Scholarship Pageant 2019 sponsored by Multicultural Services and Programs, Black Faculty & Staff Caucus, The Station Floral, Black Graduate Student Association, Residential Life, Sodexo, Stables Steakhouse, Cedric Jones, Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Slocum, and Maggie and Moe Popular Flower & Décor was held in the University Hall auditorium.
According to the President of the pageant committee, Serena Peecher said the pageant is more about taking girls out of their comfort zones and telling them that any simple thing they can do can be a talent.
The judges for the pageant were Brenda Hall, Dr. Chavez Phelps, Valerie Hart-Craig, Miss Indiana 2019 Tiara Taylor, and Miss Ebony 2018 Amber Drake.
Adebisi Hamzat expressed her excitement and nervousness about the pageant. Hamzat said her RA exposed her to Miss Ebony Scholarship Pageant, and participating in it has helped her practice patience. Mikylah Bouye said she felt great, and she had always had the confidence to speak in front of people.
The pageant started with an opening dance number and introduction of the 14 contestants. Hosted by Cori Smith, he led the crowd into the next round of the pageant, which was business attire, where the contestants were given a prop to utilize with their look. The contestants showcased their sense of fashion with great poise and confidence.
The third phase consisted of a talent round where every contestant gracefully showcased their abilities such as dancing, singing, poetry recitation, and painting.
In between the rounds, different organizations on campus such as Precision Step Team, Afro-Infusion, and Xpressions Modeling Troupe showcased their beauty and talent as well.
In the final round, contestants were on stage for a question and answer session.
At the end of the pageant, awards were given out to Jasmine Beamon for the Slowcum’s Black Queen in Technology Award. Darrilyn Edmond was awarded Miss Congeniality Award for being most charismatic among her peers. The second runner up was Carnisa Laster, who won a $500 scholarship.
Ariah Leary made a hat trick by winning three titles of the night. Leary won the Audience Choice Award, Talent Award, and secured a $750 scholarship with the 1st runner up position.
The winner of the night for Miss Ebony 2019 was Eryn Jenkins, who was awarded the Cedric Jones Scholarship award and won a $1500 scholarship. Jenkins said she is going to utilize this scholarship for her study abroad program at Edgehill University. Jenkins expressed her surprise by the win and was grateful to everybody.
“It was hard since we had to practice late nights sometimes, but I made a lot of memories and also collected a lot of polaroid with the girls,” said Jenkins.