TALLADEGA -- A Garner, North Carolina, second-grader has been crowned Little Miss Pink and Precious for 2018, according to a press release from the event’s sponsor, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Mu Tau Omega Chapter.
Jorja Batts was crowned April 28 at the Talladega Regional Family Life Center during the 29th annual pageant. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Angel Goodwine Batts, of Garner, and the little sister of JaQuan, of Garner and Shiana, of Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Her grandparents are Georgia Goodwine Christian, of Talladega, and the late John Henry Goodwine Jr. and Zebedee Christian Jr. and Joan Batts, of Goldsboro, and the late Jimmie Batts.
A student at West View Elementary School, she is active in New Hope Church of Garner, where Dr. Benji Kelley is the pastor.
She spends her time training and competing with the Premier Athletics Clayton’s Mini Shooting Star Cheer Competition Team. She has competed across North and South Carolina in regional and national competitions.
Jorja plans on attending college, where she will be a cheerleader and train to become a veterinarian, according to the release.
First and second runners-up were Kenya Shi’Ann Whiteside, of Talladega, and Kardia Calhoun, of Talladega, respectively.
Whiteside is the daughter of Kelvin A. Whiteside and Te’Kerius Bradford, of Talladega, and her grandparents are Pamela Bradford and Sarah Whiteside. She is a student at C.L. Salter Elementary School.
Calhoun is the daughter of Ricardo Calhoun and Micah & Keoiyus Garrett, and her grandparents are Lewanda Keith and Bryann Wells and Tommie and the late Edna Wells. Kardia is a student at Houston Elementary in Talladega.
Both Whiteside and Calhoun are members of New Maryland Missionary Baptist Church in Alpine.
Erilyn Twymon, Breanne Tucker, Brooklyn Carter and Kalyria Chatman also participated in this year’s event.
“Contestants were provided with six weeks of workshops and activities designed to promote self-esteem, positive choice making and social skills development,” the release said. “The proceeds from this event allows Mu Tau Omega Chapter to provide 10 scholarships to deserving high schools.
“Event proceeds also allow the chapter to address AKA international program targets in the areas of educational enrichment, health promotion, family strengthening, environmental ownership and global impact.”
The chapter is “grateful to these participants, their families and the community for their continued support of our endeavors,” the release says.