The Delta Sigma Theta sorority rolled out the red couture at the Howard Center on Saturday to commend seven young citizens for their commitment to public service and higher education.

Surrounded by a vibrant sea of red dresses, white-linen banquet tables and lots of fresh flowers, Georgetown High School junior Jaylynn Rutledge was crowned “Miss Jabberwock 2019.”

Rutledge, like the six young ladies who stood beside her on stage, has been busy collecting sponsorships, attending workshops, serving the community, experiencing cultural outings, and enjoying a father/daughter luncheon as part of the Jabberwock itinerary. Along with her title, crown and a Georgetown Alumnae Chapter gift bag, the new Miss Jabberwock will receive a college scholarship after she graduates high school in 2020. She is the drum major for the GHS band.

Jaylynn’s career goal is to become an OB/GYN after graduating from Syracuse University. She is active in National Art Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Student Council, and Interact Club while being a member of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Her favorite inspirational quote is, “Be yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.”

“The past five months have been full of starting new bonds with the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and also with the other contestants,” Jaylynn said. “Being with the other contestants was not about competing with each other, but opening up to start friendships that would last a lifetime.”

Those lasting friendships include six other contestants in the program.

Aziah Gamble was selected as first runner-up and Miss Congeniality. The Carvers Bay High School senior currently takes honors and college level courses with plans to attend Francis Marion University this fall. Aziah is a cheerleader, teacher cadet, band member, cross-country athlete and serves in FBLA, Beta Club, 4-H and Key Club. Her favorite quote is, “Don’t strive to become who others want you to be, but who God made you to be.” Gamble attends Chester Hill Missionary Baptist Church and plans to become a pharmacist.

Second runner-up Imari Linnen is a junior at Georgetown High where she is active in the Yearbook Club, Interact Club and Chic-fil-A Leadership Academy. Imari is the Secretary for the Georgetown branch NAACP Youth Board, the Georgetown Area Young People’s Division President and the Junior Sunday School Superintendent at Nazareth African Methodist Episcopal Church. She wants to someday own a business and hopes to attend North Carolina A&T to study Business management and minor in communications. An honor roll student, she was also chosen Miss Blue Revue in 2015.

Alasha Grant is a junior at Waccamaw High School and a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. She is involved with the Bunnelle Foundation Youth Board, Key Club, National Honor Society, Teach My People, Delta G.E.M.S. and the Teacher Cadet program. Having remained on the A-Honor roll during high school, Alasha is interested in attending Clemson University or the College of Charleston to study accounting.

Nyja Morrison is completing the cosmetology program at Georgetown High where she has participated in basketball and track. This senior is a member of St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church and has been part of Delta G.E.M.S and Young People’s Division. Nyja plans to attend Huston-Tillotson University and major in psychology.

Salaysia Nesmith, a senior at Andrews High School, has a career goal of becoming a surgeon. She is a member of St. Mark African American Methodist Episcopal Church and plans to attend Duke University in the fall. This cheerleading captain and track manager enjoys yoga, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FBLA, HOSA, National Science Honor Society and Student Council. Salaysia was also chosen as Miss Andrews High School.

Christian Coakley is a senior at Georgetown High and a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as choir director. This future entrepreneur has been inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars and completes college courses through the HGTC PACE program. Her community service includes the Peter Pantry, Low Country Food Bank along with the GHS Gospel Choir and Girl Scouts. She plans to attend Claflin University in the fall and major in business. Currently, Christian works as a hostess at Rip Tydz of Myrtle Beach.

The evening’s events also included a catered dinner with food stations, prize drawings, an illuminated praise dance, a lyrical dance and solo music performances.

Jasmine Hazel, Miss Jabberwock 2017, also made her farewell appearance on-stage before the standing-room-only crowd.