KAPPA’s 11th Annual Scholarship “Beautillion”
By: Rev. Glenda P. Murray-Kelly
(aka) g paris
In times of economic challenges, the members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Chesapeake/Virginia Beach Alumni Chapter still hosted their Annual Militarie Leadership Training and Scholarship Program (Beautillion) at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The words from the Chinese proverb were echoing though out the service. “It takes an entire village to raise a child” and the Kappa’s have established their village.
Bro. Clarence Tucker served as Master of Ceremony; the Invocation was rendered by Bro. James Smith Statement of Occasion rendered by Bro. Jaren Ford and reading of organization history by Bro. D’Javon Alston and The Honorable Ron Villanueva, (member of the Virginia House of Delegates) served as keynote speaker. The musical selections were rendered by Amanda Erwin (aka) Amanda E. Bro. George Parker, Chairperson for the “Kappa League Program, 2011-2012” gave insight into the program objectives.
The Beaus (participants): Ryne Andrews, Tyvon Bellamy, Ka’Sean Chapman, Alston Cobb, Elijah Dariah, Kendall Edwards, Wendell Foster, Julius James, Jonathan Leake, Da’Ron McMiller, Tevin Morgan, Willie Ponder, III, and Marcus Troupe were all dressed in their tuxedo tailcoats which are known to be the most formal of elegant wear were escorted in by their mothers. The Belles (female escorts): Angelica Coltrane, Jasmine Valentine, Aneesa Etheridge, Kalah Mason, Makayla Bartholomew, Jamie Corbett, Takeera Holloman, Shakara Drayer. Allie Mauney, Malaika Karriem, Erin Grace Johnson, Malika Rashid and Emani Walke, were dressed in long former white dresses with white gloves and introduced by Johnetta Ewell.
“We must progress in order to achieve and most importantly we must learn how to wear a smile in everything that you do. We congratulate you for putting on your first graduation cap in June” said Delegate Villanueva.
Jack and Jill’s, Omega Psi Phi, fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha sororities, New Chesapeake Men for Progress, 200 plus Men and the Urban League are known for hosting similar programs. But what makes this program different is it touches the very helm of the purpose that the Kappa organization was established and the six-month training program.
Within 11 years, over 101 young African-American men have benefited from the program. It is a six-month program consisting of over 400 hours of program development; including workshops on etiquette, fiscal responsibility, goal setting and discipline, attending social and cultural events and performing community service projects.
Who are you? Where are you and how are you going to get there is the question that we must ask the Beaus. You must be men of substance, men who refuse to quit.
You have exemplified you excellence, therefore, we would like to share with each one of you are determined because?” said Bro. Cornelius Hudgins, IV.
During the ceremony the Beaus and their escorts performed a waltz, with Vincent Epps, serving as Choreography. Parents were given recognition for their support and love provided during the training. Special recognition was presented by Bro. Vincent Epps to Bro. Gerry Jeremie and Bro. Avery Gathers for 10 years of service.
Bro. E.G. Primus, Chairman presented awards to Beaus Da’Ron McMiller, (Community Service and Leadership), Beaus Alston Cobb, (Richard T. Joe Award) and Beaus Elijah Dariah received the (“Mr. Beautillion 2012” Award) for outstanding achievement in fundraising.
“The most important thing that you can do for yourself to succeed is to go to class. I’m here to say that it is because of help from the Kappa’s and me attending class, that I have obtained a 3.95 GPA my first year in college,” said Xavier Primus, 2011 Beaus scholarship recipient.
The thirteen students will be attending colleges and universities such as: Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, North Carolina A&T, Norfolk State, Virginia State, Radford, Hampton, Tulsa, University of Virginia and Tidewater Community College, their bios were impressive.
They received a letter from Congressman Scott Rigell, the book entitled “No More Excuses,” Black Men Stand Up, by Bro. Robert Jackson and IPod’s along with their scholarship funds in excess of $13,500.
The Kappa’s are successful and highly motived professional men with a purpose to foster exemplary academic achievement within the African-American community while assisting young African-American men to pursue higher education and promoting unity.
It was such an extraordinary event and well put together. It is indeed their signature event. Applications may be obtained from High School guidance counselors in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Portsmouth school system by October 2012.