Three teams competed in the elementary division; four teams competed in the middle school division; and eight teams competed in the high school division. Prizes were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division. The first place winners for the elementary, middle, and high divisions were: E.W. Oliver Elementary, Men of Valor – Nu Phi Nu and Turner Chapel A.M.E., respectively. s The Houston Alumnae Chapter's youth programs, including Delta Academy, EMBODI and Delta GEMS, presented their Black History Program titled, “Mirroring the Past & Embracing the Future.” History was brought to life with the presence of one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Luzine Bickham. Youth participants Delta Academy, Delta GEMS and EMBODI participants experience the “real world” during Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter’s “A Day in the Real World” workshop. s56 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. displayed their outstanding talents with exhilarating performances of poetic readings, acting, singing, and dancing. During a historical presentation, Dr. Bickham recalled his experience as a Tuskegee Airman – a time in which he and other airmen faced adversity and constantly required to prove themselves worthy to fly. He explained to the audience that the red tails on their aircrafts were highly recognized and were a symbol of pride for the Tuskegee Airmen. Dr. Bickham reminded the youth that they could be whatever they wanted to be, that no obstacle was too large to overcome. He challenged them to remain serious about their education, obey their parents, and work hard on their goals. s The Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Academy, Delta Gems and EMBODI students all participated in “A Day in the Real World” sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at the University of North Florida. Students navigated through some of the trials of adult life including paying bills, having poor credit, being denied college entrance, and lacking financial aid. Participants were responsible for maintaining a household, and remaining law-abiding citizens. Some students had to experience working a low paying physically demanding job due to a lack of education. Others had the opportunity to attend a mock college and were educated on African- American history, finance, and internet safety. A few participants obtained their degree during the simulation and showcased their creativity through project marketing. At the conclusion of the project day, the youth gained a greater understanding of what it takes to have a productive and successful future. Katherine Taylor (Delta Academy) and De'Ja Long (Delta GEMS) were the recipients of the $100 cash prizes awarded to one middle school student and one high school student who successfully made it through the “real world.” They were selected as winners out of approximately 200 registered participants. s On April 2012, the North Jersey Alumnae Chapter held its 50th Annual Scholarship Benefit Luncheon at The Venetian in Garfield, N.J. The event exceeded its fundraising goal of realizing $50,000 for the 50th year. The annual fundraiser is held in association with the North Jersey Minerva Corporation, a 501 (c) 3 not-for- profit charity. More than 750 guests were in attendance at this year’s event which, in addition to the formal presentation of scholarship awards, the event also featured retail vendors, a Delta Mall (auction), a fashion show, music and dancing. Scholarship awards were distributed to 16 high school students from the chapter’s service area representing the following high schools: Essex County: East Orange H.S, East Side H.S., Essex County Vocational/Technical, Northfield Mount Hermon, West Orange H.S., Immaculate Conception, and North Star Academy H.S.; Hudson County: McNair Academy and Snyder High H.S.; Union County: Union H.S., Henry County Alumnae Chapter’s banner for the chapter’s annual Stomp D.A.T. Step Show Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Luzine Buckman and his wife, Soror Dorothy Bickham (CENTER) with members of the Houston Alumnae Chapter’s youth programs participate in the chapter’s Black History Month program.
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