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Peorian Sterling Allen Crowned SIUe Miss Black & Gold 2015

Peorian Sterling Allen Crowned Miss Black & Gold 2015

The men of Iota Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Sterling Allen, Miss Black & Gold 2015

Sterling Allen, daughter of Angela Allen-Henry and Homer Henry was crowned Miss Black & Gold 2015 on February 22nd at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Sterling is a junior at SIUe, pursuing a major in Dance and minor in Public Relations.

Marissa Williams, a Mass Communications major from Calumet City, Il was named Miss Black.  Sierra Ewing, a Psychology major/ Art & History minor was named Miss Gold.

The Miss Black and Gold Pageant is an event whose primary purpose is to highlight and foster the inextricable connection between success and etiquette amongst young women. The pageant spotlights the young women’s poise, self-confidence, communication skills, intelligence and beauty. All in all, the Miss Black and Gold Pageant encompasses true womanhood, success, and confidence. Academic excellence and scholarship are greatly stressed in the competition with the Fraternity providing the contestants with scholarships to assist with the financial obligations associated with post-secondary studies.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and the founders are collectively known as the “Seven Jewels.” The Iota Pi Chapter was chartered on Thursday, August 8, 1974 on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The chapter celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. Iota Pi has been a hallmark for the SIUe campus and St. Louis Metro — East area for decades providing service and advocacy for those in need.