Local Victorville 16 year old, Abigail Roney competed in the 45th Annual Miss Black San Bernardino Pageant, a program that focuses on helping single young women develop good character, and continue their education.
Miss Noelle Lilley, age 17, was named Miss Black San Bernardino during the 45th annual Miss Black San Bernardino Pageant. The event was held on January 25 at the Inghram Community Center, and was sponsored by the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Inc. This organization is committed to promoting African American culture, fostering improved understanding of their origins, and recognizing contributions they have been made.
The pageant helps provide educational assistance in the form of scholarships, which are awarded to young adult women who have not yet begun to assume the responsibilities of family life and are interested in careers, and educational advancement.
Young women entering the pageant are assessed for their traits of honesty, good character, talent, poise, intellect, leadership and good judgment. Contestants are expected to serve as role models for other young women with similar goals and personal characteristics.
The evening’s events included Talent and Evening & Glamour performances by contestants, a Question and Answer session, presentation of specialty awards, scholarship award recipient introductions, message from 2013 Miss Black San Bernardino and crowing of the 2014 winner.
This year’s contestants were:
April Butler (20), attends San Bernardino Valley College, and hopes to become a professional singer and model. She is active in her church and community programs such as feeding the homeless.
Alaycia Clark (16), is in 11th grade at Rancho Cucamonga High School with a 3.5 GPA. She volunteers and participates in many community service activities.
Noelle Lilley (17), was chosen to be this year’s Miss Black San Bernardino. She attends Arroyo Valley High School, was the 2013-14 Homecoming Queen, Associated Student Body President, and a member of the Black Student Union, plus several clubs, and is active in her church. The plans to major in Journalism to become a news broadcaster.
Bobbie McFerson (16), was 2nd runner-up in the pageant. She attends Arroyo Valley High School, ans is part of the International Baccalaureate program, is on the Black Student Union and is involved in art, track/field, dancing and cheerleading. She is active in church,, and aspires to become a registered nurse by attending Loma Linda University.
Leanna Pollard (20), 1st runner-up, attends Cal State San Bernardino, majoring in Biological Psychology, after which she plans to attend medical school at University of Toronto to become a psychiatrist.
Abigail Roney (16), lives in Victorville and attends Victor Valley High School. She is in the ROTC program, and plans to attend Columbia University to major in Law. She hopes to one day work in the White Housee as a diplomat and language interpreter.
Ashley Roney (18), attends Mojave River Academy, and hopes to attend Hawaii Pacific University, majoring in Business and creative writing.
The pageant co-coordinators were Lori Keith and Sandra Tapp. Judges were Melanie Ajanwachuku, Kim Gadlin, Regina Weatherspoon-Bell, and Kelly O’Keefe.
For more information on the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, call 909-888-1696 or visit http://www.sbbcfoundation.com