Tag: Delta Scholars

Delta Scholars Host Annual Food For The Soul, Words For The Heart

Words and photos: Camryn Desai

On Friday, February 9, Centennial High School’s Delta Scholar’s Club held their annual Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart event. The night was specially coordinated by Mrs. Shalonda Holt and Delta Scholars, with parents and friends attending the event. The event is held every February for Black History Month, and highlights African American pride, this year’s theme being “to be fearless is… .”

Poems, speeches, and songs made up the performances by the scholars and their fellow students, as well as one musical number by sophomore Muchiri Mbungua.

The student speakers who were featured included: Nova Grissom, Olumoroti Adewole, Aneisa Babkir, Nicole Attram, John Yayi Bondje, Renee Ofori, Nasia Lawton, Hadeel Hamoud, and Kylie Fromm. Fellow students Selaya Smithery, Tamara Dowding, Madison Baltimore, Nicole Attram, Dalaysia Hammond, Tatyana Hampton, and Kylie Fromm each performed a song as well.

Sophomore and Delta Scholars member Lisa Nganga, said events like this “make [her] feel that even though we live in a society where darker skin tones are frowned upon, events like this make [her] feel comfortable and accepted.”

With great food served, and hearts filled with pride, the night was an overall success for the Scholars.

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Food for the Soul

Words: Ashley Berry

On Friday, February 19, the Delta Scholars held their annual event, Food for the Soul, in celebration of Black History Month from 6 – 8pm. Students and families from around the county came to Centennial to enjoy a diner comprised of various “soul foods.” Along with a dinner, 15 students performed various poems, songs, and dances. Some of the performers were a part of the Delta Scholars, but some were students at Centennial who wanted to take part in the event.

Last year, the Delta Scholars asked students from Mr. O’Brien’s English classes to perform at the event as well. Unfortunately, because of all the snow and canceled school days, his students could not help this year. This gave more students in Delta Scholars, who would not have considered it otherwise, a chance to perform. According to Shalonda Holt, a advisor of the Delta Scholars, approximately 120 people came to Food for the Soul and the Delta Scholars raised around $700.

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Delta Scholars Welcoming Ceremony

Words: Michael Merkey

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 pm, Delta Scholars will conduct a Welcoming Ceremony in the Media Center for the club’s 18 new members.

The Delta Scholars program is an Honor Society primarily focused for African American women, which emphasizes a system of sisterhood and togetherness. Mrs. Holt, one of advisors of Delta Scholars, describes the program as, “A place to support one another, and also to do community service.”

Holt’s hope is that Delta Scholars provides a healthy environment for the members as they apply themselves inside and outside of school.

As an Honor Society, not anyone can qualify for Delta Scholars. Applicants must have had a 3.0 grade point average by the end of fourth quarter last year. They also must fill out an application and include two letters of recommendation.

The induction of the members is a big deal for the Delta Scholars community, calling for a celebration. The new members’ hard work will be recognized tonight, and they will officially be considered a part of the Delta Scholars community!

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Delta Scholars – “Service and Sisterhood”

Words: Caroline Chu and Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Many of Centennial’s clubs center on volunteering, community service, or cultural awareness, and the Delta Scholars is a group involved in all three.

Designed to empower female minorities living in Howard County, the Scholars branch at Centennial, sponsored by Mrs. Shalonda Holt and Mrs. Antoinette Roberson, Delta Scholars was formed during the second semester of the 2012-2013 school year at the request of Dr. Carl Perkins, the Centennial’s former principal.

The group coordinates workshops, discussions, cultural, and community events. The club, which requires a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA for admittance, aims to promote academic excellence and offer community service opportunities to young women.

Last year, the Delta Scholars organized Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart, a slam poetry presentation to raise funds.  The club frequently collaborates with the Alpha Achievers, its male equivalent, and the Black Student Union.

Kendra Grissom, the co-president, described her experience enrolling in the society.  Grissom moved to Centennial during her sophomore year, and here she learned about Delta Scholars.

“[The club was] a safe haven – a place where I could go, with people who could understand me,” Grissom said.

The Delta Scholars plan to engage in multiple events in the upcoming school year, including hosting the Homecoming Dress Drive and selling funnel cakes at the Homecoming Carnival on October 9.

At least once a quarter, they intend to set up a pop-up soup kitchen, which involves packaging meals for the homeless in Howard and Baltimore counties.

On October 13, new members of the club will receive pins and roses at the induction ceremony.

“It’s all about service and sisterhood,” said Grissom.

Mrs. Holt is looking forward to expanding, enjoying community events, and engaging in more volunteer opportunities.

“We started off with such a small group… seeing the amount of girls today was just wonderful,” Holt commented after a recent meeting.  “I’m so excited… to see where it’s started to where it’s come now – it’s just amazing.”

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Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart

Words: Meghan Moore

On Feb. 19, the Delta Scholar’s hosted Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart, an event in which they celebrated Black History Month through different styles of entertainment. Delta Scholar president Diane Ijoma, stated that “The point of the soul food dinner was to celebrate Black History Month and unify Centennial.”

The evening‘s events consisted of a speech by Mr. Warren, poetry readings by Centennial students as well as Delta Scholars from Reservoir High School. In addition there were two traditional African dances from Centennial students.

“It was a really unique take on the event because usually when we talk about Black History Month we don’t go beyond the U.S.” added Ijoma

Centennial students Kennedy Lewis and C’yana Denby performed “Phenomenal Woman,” a spoken word poem by Maya Angelou, in the form of a dance.

When asked if she thought that the attendees left with a better understanding for the occasion, Diana stated: “I’m really proud of how the audience left with a great impression of Black history and left with a feel of what it is really like. It was very powerful.”

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