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POSTED: September 7, 2009 11:42 a.m.
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Hinesville Alumnae Chapter, awarded its Annie B. Givens scholarships to five area seniors over the summer.
Recipients were Bradwell Institute seniors Darius Booker and Nicole Powell, Bryan County High senior Amber Morgan and Liberty County High School seniors Alvieann Chandler and Jasmyn Graham.
The scholarships are awarded yearly based on academic achievement, recommendations, applicant essays and financial needs.
The Delta Academy 11: Delta GEMS is the sorority’s newest component, designed to help girls ages 14-18 academically and socially.
Sixteen GEMS members participated in workshops that included seminars on self-esteem and interpersonal relationships, beauty, health and sexuality. There were also sessions on hip hop music’s influence, dining etiquette and career opportunities.
A scrapbooking workshop showed participants how to showcase their photos and mementos.
The Delta sisters took the GEMS members to a workshop, “Loving Thyself — Girl Talk, Real Talk.” Later, participants sat in on a “Show Me the Money” workshop and another program that provided the girls with tips for financing a college education.
The GEMS members helped the sorority with humanitarian projects and collaborated with other organizations. They counted thousands of bookmarks for 170 classes in Liberty County. The bookmarks were presented as part of the Keep Liberty County Beautiful program’s Read Across Liberty Day, directed by Sara Ann Swida.
Delta GEMS members also helped with other KLCB projects. They tidied up Riceboro neighborhoods during the “Small Town, Big Clean Ups” day. The group also tackled the old hospital site on Highway 84 during the “Large City Clean Up Day.”
The GEMS members participated in the MLK parade and the Relay for Life. They hosted a Christmas party at Dorchester Academy for teens, collected food for the Manna House and toys for the Liberty and Long Foster Parents Association.
To show their appreciation for the GEMS
members’ participation this year, the Deltas gave the girls a mother-and-daughter luncheon. The speaker was Liberty County School Board Chairwoman Lily Baker.
In keeping with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s emphasis on service, scholarships and the arts, the sorority also had a literary luncheon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Five local authors shared their inspirations for writing and their works.
Authors who participated were Sheryl Avery, Elgin Davis, Keisha Flemister, Tamara Frazier and Pamela Woodard.
The sorority’s Hinesville Alumnae Chapter meets every fourth Saturday in the annex at Midway Congregational Church.
For more information, call 884-2024.
 

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