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The defending regional and national step team of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Charlotte Alumnae Chapter has won another competition.

The Sorors captured first place at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Rho Psi Omega Chapter) Greek Fest in June. The 16-member Delta team retained their first-place title, which they won in 2007 at this biannual event.

In addition to winning this latest competition, the step team holds the following first-place titles:

  • National Step Show, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (2008 convention)
  • South Atlantic Regional Step Show, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (2007 convention)
  • East Coast Step Show (2007 & 2008)
  • Stomp The Yard Step Show at Old Dominion University (2009)

They next will compete at the Delta Regional Conference step show scheduled for Saturday, August 8, in Hampton, Va.

Members of the Step Team are: Pearl Berry, Jessica Davis, Kenyana Dawson, Rashida Doyle, Charita Drummond (Co-Chair), Mya Evans, Michelle Green, Katrina Johnson, Yazmine Price, Dawn Shell, Robin Springs (Co-chair), Karintha Tyree, Tiffany Walker, Philana Woods and Adrienne Wynn (Co-Chair).

TV producer heads west

Melody Taylor, an 11 p.m. producer with television station WCNC and a member of University Park Baptist Church, is moving to her native Houston this week, along with husband, Andre Taylor, and son, Andre Taylor Jr.

Melody Taylor was 2007 president of the Charlotte Area Association of Black journalists. She’ll begin a new job as 5 p.m. producer at KHOU (Channel 11).

Taylor worked at WCNC for six and a half years. Both stations are owned by Belo. Her husband, Andre Taylor, is a distribution executive for Target.

“I’m sad that I’m leaving so many great friends behind, but happy to be going home,” she told Qcitymetro.com. “But that’s where my family is. They all live there.”

JCSU covergirl

If you follow college track & field, you might recognize the runner featured on the latest cover of NCAA Champion magazine.

It’s Shermaine Williams, a rising junior Johnson C. Smith University. Williams, a biology major from Jamaica with a 3.7 grade point average, is the two-time defending Division II champion in the 60-meter high hurdles.

“Her nature is not wanting to fail at anything she tries, so she just put her heart and soul into that even…” JCSU track coach Lennox Graham was quoted as saying.

To view the article and photo gallery of Shermaine Williams, visit ww.NCAAChampionMagazine.org.

S.C. State names finalists

South Carolina State University has announced three finalists who will be interviewed to fill the job of vice president for institutional advancement.

They are:

  • Anthony Holloman, associate vice president for university advancement at Tuskegee University.
  • Juan McGruder, former associate vice president for institutional advancement for the Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • Alicia Smith, director of development for the University of South Carolina School in Columbia.

The finalists will begin meeting this week with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Following their campus visit, they will next meet with President George E. Cooper, who will make the selection.

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