Scholarship Oratorical winners

From left, Rita M. Patterson, Zachary Bradley (Oxford), Yvonne Ingram Burns, Lakayla Sims (Holly Springs), Marvia Kilgore, Dioncia Wofford (DeSoto Central), Aleshia Hall-Campbell, and Cynthia Cole attended the Mississippi Roses Chapter of the Links, Incorporated Oratorical Contest at Doxey Auditorium, Rust College in Holly Springs, on April 6.

The Mississippi Roses (MS) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated hosted the 2019 High School Oratorical Contest on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Doxey Auditorium on the campus of Rust College.

Graduating seniors from Holly Springs, DeSoto County and Lafayette County were invited to participate. Applicants submitted applications, letters of recommendation, and had minimum GPAs of 2.75.

This year’s topic was “Issues Facing African American Teens in 2019 and How to Overcome Them.”

Three laptops valued at $500 were awarded to: Zachary Bradley of Oxford High who plans to attend Tougaloo College to major in biology; Lakayla Sims of Holly Springs High, who is headed to the University of Memphis to major in nursing; and Dioncia Wofford of DeSoto Central High who will attend Howard University in Washington, DC, to major in finance.

Chapter members from DeSoto County, Lafayette County, and Marshall County attending the event were: Gemma Beckley, Karen Bryant- Newberry, President, Yvonne Ingram Burns, Cynthia Cole, Contest Judge, Dr. Tyrus McCarty, Scholarship Committee Chair, Aleshia Hall-Campbell, Marvia Kilgore, Rita Patterson, LaShunda Thompson-Roberts, Darlene Williams-Washington, and Sharon Wofford.

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of over 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom.

It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

In October 2015, The Mississippi Roses (MS) Chapter became the 282nd chapter of the Links, Incorporated. Its signature program, Ambassadors for Health: Growing, Going and Glowing for Life, is a five-year transformational program with a mission of reducing the incidence of childhood obesity in the community by promoting healthy lifestyles.

Its vision is to create communities where children enjoy long healthy lives through education, participation, and collaboration.

The chapter has partnered with The Mississippi State Extension Service, the Gertrude C. Ford Center, the National Food Service Management Institute, The University of Mississippi, and the Holly Springs School District, to sponsor cultural and educational activities for North Mississippi youth.

The organization also sponsors a National Society for Black Engineers, Jr. (NSBE, Jr.) chapter for STEM students in its service area.

The Mississippi Roses (MS) chapter looks forward to expanding its reach in DeSoto, Lafayette, and Benton Counties. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/msroses2015/ .

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