The Gamma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc hosted it’s annual Tampa Teen Pageant on Sunday, April 12. Held at the Straz Center of Performing Arts in beautiful downtown Tampa, the event lends a stage to some of the communities most talented and brightest teen girls.
With this years theme “A Tribute to HBCU’s Traditions Treasures Trailblazers” 10 high school girls were able to show off their talents in spoken word, dancing and singing. The performances were so powerful, most ended in eruptions of hand clapping and cheers.
The 2015 winner, honor student Phyllisity Walters attends East Bay High School and carries a 5.0 grade point average.
Master of Ceremonies were local Tampa Bay anchors Rod Carter of WFLA News Channel 8 and ABC Action News Laura Harris.
The annual event was founded in 1967. Since the inception of the pageant, Gamma Theta Omega has awarded over 400 scholarships to young ladies in the Tampa Bay community and used as a means to promote high scholastic standards and provide a format for college bound young ladies to present their talents according to the sorority website.
Gamma Theta Omega was the second graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated to be chartered in Florida. It was chartered by Regional Director, Maude E. Brown on December 7, 1940. The chapter was composed of residents of Tampa, Clearwater, and Bradenton.