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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presents
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Sunday, March 29, 2020 3:30 in the afternoon
W E LC O M E TO
Arianna, Kameron, Kayla, Ryann, Kyrah, Anisa, and Nyaira
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. Since its founding, Delta Sigma Theta has been at the forefront of creating programming to promote academic excellence, offer scholarships, provide support for the underserved, educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of public policy, and highlight issues of community concern while offering effective solutions for resolving problems. From the 22 Founders, the organization has initiated more than 300,000 women to continue the work of its mission. After 107 years, this sisterhood of predominately African American, college educated women has remained true to its mission of providing assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. As such, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. claims more than 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Re-
public of Korea. The major programs of the Sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Trust:
International Awareness and Involvement
Physical and Mental Health
Political Awareness and Involvement
Recognizing the need in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a member of Delta Sigma Theta to maintain a closer affiliation with her peers in interests and achievements, Alpha Epsilon Chapter was chartered on April 3, 1927 as a mixed chapter so that graduates living in the Pittsburgh area and students of city universities such as the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) and others might be able to affiliate. Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter has met the challenge of changing patterns through the years and has made advances toward establishing a sound operational basis which has been necessitated by its expanding numbers and programs. The Sorors of Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter will continue to serve their community by fostering and executing the ideals, goals, and programs of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Jabberwock is a traditional program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Members of the Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, in Boston, Massachusetts, presented the first Jabberwock in 1925 as an effort to find a new method of raising money for the chapterâ€™s scholarship fund. Marion Hope Conover of Iota Chapter conceived the idea of a variety show with skits, dances, and songs in competition for prizes of varying amounts. She called this new kind of show a "Jabberwock" because it was inspired by the Jabberwock in Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland. "The "Jabberwock" was a mythical character who summoned all the creatures of the kingdom each year for the purpose of putting on a show. The first Jabberwock was an immediate success, and the idea caught on with many chapters of Delta Sigma Theta. The Jabberwock has since evolved into a more diverse program that continues to raise funds for scholarships and other Delta Sigma Theta service projects. The word ''Jabberwock" was copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on December 28, 1947. Today, Jabberwock is a national program within Delta Sigma Theta that reflects the Sorority's commitment to scholarship and the arts. Many communities served by local chapters of Delta Sigma Theta eagerly anticipate the event. Jabberwock funds are earmarked for scholarships to be given by the sponsoring chapter to young people of promise and ability, and for public service projects. The Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jabberwock Scholarship Program provides funds for scholarships given to young women, grades 6-12, who participate in the program. The scholarship funds will assist with financial needs for participant's education. The Jabberwock Committee has worked diligently to develop a Jabberwock program that provided a curriculum that includes innovative educational, cultural, community service, and selfenrichment activities and programs.
Greetings! Welcome to the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapterâ€™s Jabberwock 2020 event! Jabberwock has been a signature event of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated since the first presentation in 1925 and for the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter for a number of years. As the President of the Chapter, I am delighted to once again share this occasion with the Pittsburgh community. I would like to extend a special welcome to all our friends, family, and generous guests who have supported our chapter for Jabberwock 2020. On behalf of the chapter, I would like to thank our guests who have been supporters of various Delta events in the community and thanks to those who are attending our events for the first time. I appreciate that you have chosen to support us in this special occasion especially considering the current COVID-19 pandemic. May we all take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Jabberwock 2020 and all of our participants. Welcome and thank you for supporting the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapterâ€™s Jabberwock 2020.
Anita B. Walker, President Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter
Anita B. Walker
Jenea Y. Laymon
Mia D. Jennings
Jovita D. Smith
This evening we are gathering for the culminating event of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Jabberwock Program. We are excited to introduce seven dynamic young ladies who for the past five months we have had the pleasure to get to know, work with and assist them in raising funds to support our Sororityâ€™s scholarship initiatives and their future educational and career pursuits. The Jabberwock program provides participants with skills, knowledge and resources in character enhancement, academic enrichment, Black history and cultural aesthetics, leadership and communication skills development, goal setting, financial planning, community service, mentoring and scholarships. To the Jabberwock parents, families and friends, it is with a grateful heart that the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter thanks you for your time, commitment and support of this program. We have enjoyed getting to know your daughters and we
appreciate you allowing us to be part of your village. Know that we are always here to continue to support them in their future endeavors. To the seven dynamic young Black sisters, Anisa, Arianna, Kameron, Kayla, Kyrah, Nyaira, and Ryann enjoy this evening. You have worked hard, and the Jabberwock Committee is extremely proud of each of you. Continue to shine as the Nubian Queens that you are and always remember, that as you encounter lifeâ€™s challenges, you are Blessed and Highly Favored. To the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter members and the Jabberwock Committee, thank you for your continued support to our young sisters and your abiding love for our Sisterhood. The African Proverb says,
If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together. May we continue to go far, as we work together, striving to leave our footprints on our communities and making a difference in the world we live in through scholarship, sisterhood, and service. Sincerely,
Ayisha A. Morgan-Lee, Chair Erika Goldsmith, Co-Chair Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta 2020 Jabberwock Committee
In our Chapter, the Jabberwock Committee is the backbone of the “Jabberwock Experience.” This year members of Delta Sigma Theta spearheaded educational, social, and public service activities to help broaden young ladies’ horizons as we assisted in preparing them for their next step in life. Over the years Jabberwock has changed its look; however, it has never changed its purpose. The proceeds from Jabberwock are designated for scholarships and community projects.
Ayisha Morgan-Lee, Chair Mariah Benjamin
Diana Madden Jaden
Lisa Washington is an Emmy award-winning journalist, currently working for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. She is also a host for PBS station, WQED-TV. Lisa is a 17-year veteran of television news, having anchored and reported at television stations across the country. Prior to KDKA-TV and WQED-TV, Lisa covered general assignment and breaking news stories for KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. She delivered live reports from the forefront of the protests and
celebrations when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the gay marriage ban in California in 2012. Lisa also worked at WMC-TV in Memphis as a news anchor and reporter. Her reports included coverage of the historic 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River and the city’s annual Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest. As a morning anchor at WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama, Lisa covered a deadly school bus accident, providing more than six hours of solo anchoring. She also had the opportunity to skydive with the U.S. Army Paratroopers. Lisa began her career in Washington, DC as a reporter trainee at WTTG-TV. While there, she conducted her most memorable interview, with Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. When she’s not anchoring or reporting the latest local news, Lisa is often volunteering in her community or spending time with her family. Lisa and her husband, are the proud parents of two children, a girl and a boy. Lisa’s hobbies include running, reading and traveling to visit her family and friends. A lover of flowers and plants- orchids in particular, Lisa admits one of her most enjoyable challenges is keeping the persnickety plants in bloom.
Venue Pittsburgh Public Schools Mrs. Yalonda Colbert, Principal, Pittsburgh Obama 6-12 Photography Volcy Photography Couturier Mrs. Shirley Edwell Awards Pittsburgh Trophy Company, Inc. Digital Printing Services Lionworks Printing & Graphics at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Workshop Session Facilitators Mariah Benjamin, Helen Bowers, Kymberly Cruz, Debra Gloster, Diana Jaden, Curtistine Walker Promotional Gifts 4imprint Jewelry
Christine White-Taylor The Ladies of the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Nyaira Lee Arrington is the daughter of Nikia MoriartyArrington and Eric Arrington and granddaughter of Rosemary Moriarty. She has two siblings Amira and LeJuan. She is a senior at Seton La Salle Catholic High School in Dormont and is a member of Petra International Ministries located in Penn Hills. She serves as the captain of both the Rebel Marching Band Color-guard and Girls Bowling team. She also had a role in the ensemble cast of her school’s Spring Musical “Godspell”. Her activities include the Ambassador Program, Junior Achievement Program, Children’s Museum Volunteer staff, school choir, Leaders Now International member, Dance Committee and the Main Office Staff. In continuing her education, Nyaira will attend college to study Communications and Business Administration with a goal of working as a Public Relations representative or manager. She currently faces a tough decision as she has been accepted into 6 colleges with her top three choices being the University of Toledo, Niagara University and Duquesne University. During Nyaira’s free time away from school and her other activities, she enjoys a nice afternoon in her room writing, drawing, or reading an interesting book on her phone.
Crimson and Cream (for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Members)
Delores Dupree Diana Jaden Ernestine Reed Milona Wall Debra L.Watts
Diamond Level Ms. Charlene Anderson & Ms. Sharon Mundy
Violet Level Doris Riddick
We can't believe how fast time has flown by! It was only yesterday you were dancing in your recitals and now you are getting ready to go to college. You are beautiful, intelligent, and kind. We know that great things are ahead of you! Love God Mommy & God Dad- Sandy and James Swoope
, My how time flies when your having fun! We love you and we are so proud of you.
Much Love, Aunt Belzie and Uncle Tim
Nyaira Lee Arrington God Bless you and may your future be filled with love, Joy, happiness, and success.
Love, Carol Adams (A Delta Girl)
Our Girl Nyaira, Remember there are three things in life once gone will never come back. Time, - Words - Opportunity Use your time wisely, Choose your words carefully and take advantage of all the opportunities that life presents to you. May God bless you in your future endeavors. Love Aunt Evelyn & Uncle Otis
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES
NYAIRA ARRINGTON and The 2020 Jabberwock Presenters
God Bless you in all of your endeavors, Peace ~
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*NYAIRA ARRINGTON* CONTINUE TO ALWAYS SHINE LIKE THE STAR WE KNOW YOU ARE! May you be abundantly Blessed with success in school, your extra-curriculars and in your professional life.
CONGRATULATIONS Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter and
THE 2020 JABBERWOCK PRESENTEES Celebrate this moment in time as it is a success! Go forward with the attitude that each day is another new beginning; another new day to study hard, to make the right decisions and choices, to take another step in the direction of your goal(s), to achieve. DREAM BIG! WORK DILIGENTLY! EXCELL! Denise Allen Bey
Proud to be…D S T Our Family Legacy ~ Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Juanita Henderson Hubbard, Mu Chapter Roberta North Watson, Alpha Chapter Meredith “Gay” Watson Young, Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Wrenna L. Watson, Alpha Chapter Mary “Grandma Bunny” Elizabeth Stewart
NYAIRA ARRINGTON and
The 2020 Jabberwock Presentees Everything you have learned and accomplished up to this point has been in preparation for your bright future! You can be anything you want to be, You can do anything you want to do ~ Prayer and determination are the key. Trust in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit ~ Become who God intends you to be.
God Bless you, Nyaira, and each of you, Presentees, and your families richly for generations to come, much love and Peace ~ Always, always, always, Aunt Wrenna ~ DSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDSTDST
~ YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD ~ YOU ARE A BLESSING FROM GOD TO OTHERS
NYAIRA ARRINGTON Turn to God in Prayer
â€¦He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 BLESSINGS AND CONGRATULATIONS Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter and THE 2020 JABBERWOCK PRESENTEES God Bless you ~
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NYAIRA ARRINGTON Your Mom, Nikia Arrington, Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter, and your Gigi, Rose Moriarty, Mu Chapter, have wrapped their loving arms around you and instilled in you all the Wisdom God has given them. Soon, you will be out in the world on your own. Remember and be guided by the teachings of your Family and your Village as you encounter LIFE everyday. Trust in God. Rely on God. Pray to God. He has His Hand on you Always and know that God said, “Nyaira Arrington, You Are My Child!”
THE 2020 JABBERWOCK PRESENTEES AND TO
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORIT Y We do this in Honor of our Beloved , our deceased Mothers, who were Beloved lifelong members of their Beloved Sorority,
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORIT Y Elise Bennett and Madelyn Hairston Giddens Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter
The Daughters of Elise and Madelyn Deborah Elise Bennett and Meta Hairston
Michelle Watson 412.918.9111
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The Honorable J. Warren Watson Retired Judge
Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County 1965 Elected – Retired 2003
SALUTATIONS AND CONGRATULATIONS
NYAIRA ARRINGTON and
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter and
THE 2020 JABBERWOCK PRESENTEES Once a young Judge I am now a seasoned Retired Judge. Study. Persevere to achieve your goals. You will be successful! Remember to maintain your ethics, your character. And, to have fun and enjoy each day. God’s Blessings be upon you and your journey, Peace ~
J. Warren Watson Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated Omicron Psi / Iota Phi
NYAIRA ARRINGTON and
The Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated 2020 JABBERWOCK PRESENTEES
With Faith in God, perseverance and Fortitude You will succeed and reach all of your goals.
~~~~~ Tonya Stuart, Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Kelli Johnson, Epsilon Gamma Chapter
NYAIRA ARRINGTON You are talented, intelligent, beautiful (inside and out), Good hearted, sweet and kind. God Bless you with success and happiness. Best wishes for success Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
We were “oh so fine” as a Delta Doll!..... We had a lot of fun as a fabulous Delta Diva!..... …and, we will always, always, always be… “A Delta Girl!” Satara Snyder Sparrow, Mu Chapter Tawnya Ferris Redwood, Zeta Omega Chapter Rhonda Galloway, Iota Xi Chapter
is a senior at the Winchester Thurston school (WT) where she is an active member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Black Student Union (BSU), Upper School Chorus, and is a member of the school’s “Plaid” magazine staff. Last year, the magazine published her poem “Since You Said Sorry”. She is currently the leader of the WT Buddy Program which pairs young African American lower school students with upper school African American students. The program fosters relationships which provide direct engagement, encouragement and inspiration for the younger students; and the chance for upper classmen to give back by mentoring a young scholar towards success at the predominately White school. Anisa is the daughter of Christin Callis and enjoys creating art, reading, learning technology, Choral singing and spending time with friends and family. She has participated in the Christian based Urban Impact (U.I.) Performing Arts Program for 7 years, where her love of art and choral singing is amplified. Anisa sings in the U.I. High School Choir and is a student leader in the Shakes Craft group which builds stage sets and scenery for their annual “Shakes” production of Shakespeare plays with a modern-day twist. Anisa also enjoys attending the Youth church services at Allegheny Alliance Church; but most of all, she enjoys spending time with her family, extended family, and friends. Next fall Anisa looks forward to attending one of the four universities she has been accepted to thus far, Penn State, Tulane, Clark Atlanta, or Rochester Institute of Technology and majoring in Information Science & Technology. She has enjoyed the Jabberwock activities and is glad to have the opportunity to participate in this culminating event presented by the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
is a senior at the Pittsburgh Creative and
Performing Arts High School, where she majors in dance. Ryann is an honor roll student who excels in literature, African American history, and psychology. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, specializing in choreography. Ryann is also an enthusiastic performer. Her favorite productions include Legally Blonde: The Musical and Cats (but only on Broadway!). She was cast as a member of the dance ensemble in the CAPA production of Hairspray which was scheduled for this Spring. An ardent advocate and activist, Ryann uses her passion for social justice to better the lives of her fellow students. She is a board member of the Downtown Safety Coalition and a member of the Black Student Union at CAPA. Ryann is a compassionate, inquisitive, and well-spoken young lady. She has enjoyed her time with her fellow Jabberwock participants and appreciates the committee members of the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who have invested their time and knowledge in preparing the young ladies. Ryann is the only daughter of SaunteĂŠ Turner and proud pet owner of Casey.
Ryann Congratulations and Wishing You Continued Success
Lyle and Kathy Humphrey
is a sophomore at Barack Obama Academy
of International Studies where she has studied the Chinese language for the past 2 years and been involved in softball and volleyball. During the summer she also played softball for her community league. Outside of school she enjoys volunteering at the Community Empowerment Association with their food bank, clothing giveaway and various other community focused activities. She is a lifelong member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church and has served in the Elev8 dance and choir ministries and is currently on the Junior Usher Board. In addition, she works in the Youth Café and is also enrolled in their after-school mentoring program. In her younger years she danced with the Lorraine Bush Dance Studio, the Visionary Dance Studio and the Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT). A multi-talented student, she took voice and piano lessons at the Afro American Music Institute. For the past 5 years, Kam has been an active part of the Yahweh Ryse Christian boot camp where she learned how to train her voice and breathing while singing, studied scriptures of the Bible, appeared in several on stage productions at the Byham Theater, and took part in their first short film entitled “Runaway Come Home”. Kameron has enjoyed getting to know the other participants in Jabberwock and participating in the Jabberwock. “Jabberwock was very fun and just a great experience overall.” Kameron’s plans are to improve her talents and become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) so that she can help others. Her favorite quote is “Too many stars, too many dreams. The reality is that in front of these things, I’m just a speck of dust.” ~RM. She is the daughter of Terri Coles.
My Sweet Girl! Don’t ever stop spreading love | Follow your heart | Keep smiling (let them wonder)
Shine bright and Do You! I LOVE TO LIFE, FOREVER!
I am so proud of you, Kameron!
I’ve watched you grow up into a beautiful young lady! Best wishes, love Ms. Debbie
BEST OF LUCK from Mr. Philly
Knock out the competition!
Kameron Coles Step into your future secure in the knowledge that this world needs you and the unique, inspiring gifts that only you can give. Davie Huddleston President, Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
Kam, it’s so amazing to see how much you have grown into a beautiful young lady. Keep shining, singing & dancing. Proud to support you, Love Ms. Carla
I'm so proud of you! Love, your big cousin Tasha
Hey baby girl! I’m so proud of you! Good luck & God bless! Love, Cousin Germaine
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord; “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you,you plans hope toand giveayou future.” hope and a future.”
N Lots of Love, Grandma & Grandpa
Always remember, You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think, and TWICE AS BEAUTIFUL as you ever IMAGINED! - Chuckie -
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is in her first year of high school at
Oakland Catholic where she is a member of the Black Student Union. Outside of school she is involved in community service with Blessings from Above, a non-profit organization that helps people who are in need of everyday essentials. She also studies dance at Hill Dance Academy Theatre (HDAT). Arianna has enjoyed participating in Jabberwock and meeting other people who she feels are like her second family. Partici-
pating in Jabberwock has shown her how to prepare for her future and the importance of networking. Arianna wants to attend a Historically Black College/University to study writing, forensic science, and dance. She wants to make sure she is mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually prepared for all of her future blessings. She lives by her favorite quote and scripture…… “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But by all means keep moving.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and “I can do all things
through Christ that strengthens me.” Arianna is the daughter of Dominique Upsher and granddaughter of Sherry Upsher.
Sherry Upsher, CEO and Founder of Blessings From Above Always had a passion for helping others. She wanted to make a change and help people in need. She decided to take matters into her own hands so in winter of 2009 she made gift baskets.
Arianna Nicole Lance As a child she has always attended a catholic school. She is currently attending Oakland Catholic High School. Arianna loves to dance and sing at our church. She is a smart, vibration loving, and kind daughter. I’m blessed to have a daughter with such potential and a en-
Arianna her whole life and one word that would de-
scribe her is charismatic. If she sees someone down or having a bad day she makes sure to comfort them or try to make them feel better. She always tries to make the people she’s around feel good regardless
thusiastic spirit. Arianna also loves to write
of how she’s feeling. She is intelligent, lov-
spoken words and books. She is a bright, bub-
ing, and talented. She lights up the room
bly, and loving. Arianna is a leader looking to
and her love is unconditional. She loves go-
ing above and beyond with anything she
Ms. Dominique Upsher
does and loves a challenge.
Ms. Naomi Lance
Congratulations Arianna Lance has blessed me with a talented and respectful granddaugh-
â€œA family that prays together,
ter. She loves to dance, write books,
read, and sing. Most of all she puts God first in everything she does. Keep God first in everything you do, and you will be successful, Arianna.
From Eternal Love email: email@example.com. Phone: 412-758-7392. Ms. Sherry Upsher
Family Ministry ~Jim & June Smith
Kayla Page, a graduating Senior at Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, is highly active in and out of school. She is a member of the African American Centers for Advanced Studies, part of the Female Empowerment Mission through the University of Pittsburgh, the National Honor Society and Youth & Government. She is a part of a dance ministry and stays physically fit by playing soccer, basketball, and softball. As the older sister, Kayla has been an inspiration and role model for sister Kyrah. She has enjoyed participating in the Jabberwock workshops because they helped “to learn life skills that are vital and good to have in navigating the world today”. She has also enjoyed meeting new people and the fun times with the other participants and Jabberwock committee members. Kayla plans on continuing her training with the Army where she has already completed ROTC training. This summer she will be in training in Virginia before attending college in the spring majoring in Athletic Training. Her long-term goal is to have a stable job and establish her foundation. Her favorite scripture is from Joshua 1:9, “This is my command - be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.”
is a junior at Barack Obama Academy of International Studies. She is involved in many STEM related programs such as Investing NOW! with the University of Pittsburgh, Mpowerhouse which was introduced through her counselor and classes to become a certified drone operator. Not letting her artistic talents be overlooked, she participates in activities involving the arts such as a Christian fine arts program where she took up singing, theater and spoken word. She has also been a part of many talent shows, plays and one act performances and still participates in sed activities. She serves as a mentor at her school and is in the running to become a Pittsburgh Promise Ambassador. Kyra is heavily involved in sports as a student athlete playing soccer for Obama and serving on the high school girls basketball as team manager of four years. She is also engaged in the Female Empowerment Mission (FEM) with the University of Pittsburgh and part of Speak UP! which is a platform for young students to do spoken word along with other activities. As the daughter of a minister, it is not surprising that Kyra is heavily involved in church as she finds many opportunities to pay it forward. What I have enjoyed most about participating in Jabberwock is getting to know the other participants of this program and meeting some of the Deltas. “I aspire to join the Delta sorority when I go to college and being a part of this has given me a taste of what it would be like having a forever sisterhood. This program has also taught me many other things school cannot teach you and that's having class and how to be a respectable lady. That is what I enjoy the most.” Her plans are simply just to succeed. “I want to accomplish the goals I have set for myself and meet my own standards such as going to college and setting myself up for a comfortable life and do that by doing what I love.” Her favorite scripture is 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.