By Shailese Hardy
Delta Sigma Theta proves their Mr. Crimson and Cream scholarship pageant is an adored event. From the soul-inspired atmosphere to the comedy-induced skits, the night was one to remember.
This year’s contestants were a diverse array originating from completely different backgrounds in all ways; the contestants included: Darius Hunt, Jeremy Currence, Kelvin Carter, Vernon Turner, and Benjamin Baker. The evening provided musical selections by several individuals such as Deidre Dunn who sang “Unthinkable” by Alicia Keys, Shiona Caldwell, Demetria Stuart, and Kelsey Walker performed a group harmony of “Brotha” by Angie Stone, and a musical performance by Pleasure.
The night began with the contestants reciting poetry about women, love, and their concept and/or contribution to chivalry. The 1st contestant was Darius Hunt, a Henderson, NC native and junior majoring in social work. He serenaded the audience with a saxophone solo as his talent, and advocated family structure as a main problem in social work.
The 2nd contestant was Jeremy Currence, a native from Charlotte, NC and a junior double majoring in electrical and computer engineering. His ability to play guitar, rap, and entertain the audience simultaneously was his talent, and won over the audience with his response to the most influential person in the world as President Barak Obama.
The 3rd contestant was Kelvin Carter, a junior majoring in computer engineering and native from Fayetteville, NC, who embraced his theatrical skills, performing a monologue with a song and in his “perfect rescue” skit.
Vernon Turner, our 4th contestant and a junior majoring in meteorology and native from Elizabeth City, NC, utilized his instruction by explaining how Global Warming is effecting the world during his prompted answer and response, and expressed how being accountable for one’s actions is one of the most important lessons to learn.
The 5th Contestant was Benjamin Baker, a freshman at St. Augustine’s College majoring in accounting and a native of Cary, NC. He illustrated his religious view in not only his talent which was a musical selection of “Order my Steps” played on piano, but his response to the solution of disparity between church involvement with the youth.
By the end of the night it was announced that Kelvin Carter was crowned Mr. Mu Omicron. Benjamin Baker was crowned Mr. Crimson and Cream, and Jeremy Currence was crowned Mr. 1913. Vernon Turner was crowned Mr. Chivalrous, and Darius Hunt was crowned Mr. Extraordinary. All contestants did a wonderful job, and showcased not only themselves, but the impact that they will have in their communities.