Jabberwock is a unique project that began as a means of raising scholarship funds by a Boston, Massachusetts chapter in 1925. It was conceived by Marion Hope Conover and the members of the Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. “Jabberwock” originated from a character called Jabberwocky from the Lewis Carol fantasy, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, who summoned the creatures of his kingdom to put on a gala event.The Delta Jabberwock was born from this successful venture. On December 28, 1947, Jabberwock was formally adopted and copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The New Bern Alumnae Chapter sponsored the Jabberwock yearly from 1955 to 1965, when they began to occur bienially. Beginning in 1981, the Jabberwock began to occur triennially.In the spirit of friendly competition, our contestants have engaged in social, cultural, and service activities, all designed to focus on building mind, body, spirit, and social awareness, as well as developing positive relationships. The participants raise funds towards not only their higher education, but also the higher education of others in the community.
Jabberwock Queen 2017Miss TayTiana Bryant
1956 Ellen Brimage (Trenton)1957 Louise Dudley (New Bern)1958 Laverna Thomas (New Bern)1959 Charlene Hayes (New Bern)1960 Mary Simmons (Pollocksville)1961 Sandra Bragg (New Bern)1962 Joanne Dudley (New Bern-Eliza Dudley, Sponsor)1963 Nancy Rodgers (New Bern)1964 Myrtle Davis (New Bern)1965 Marie Ward (Maysville)1966 Gene Littman (New Bern)1969 Sharon Harris (New Bern)1971 Sharon Latham (New Bern)1973 Vanessa Allen (New Bern)1975 Joan Wynn (Pollocksville-Arletha S. Wynn, Sponsor)
1977 Myron Gavin (New Bern)1979 Lisa Morgan (New Bern-Barbara R. Morgan, Sponsor)1981 Clarissa Harvey (New Bern)1984 Michelle Sermon (Pollocksville-Norma Sermon-Boyd, Sponsor)1987 Jodi George (New Bern-Yvonne C. George, Sponsor)1990 Tonyah Dillahunt (New Bern)1993 Tracie Rodgers (New Bern-Carolyn M. Bland, Sponsor)1996 Alike’ Vail (New Bern-Carolyn M. Bland, Sponsor)1999 Shakia Boone (Bayboro-Wanda Ollison, Sponsor)2002 Portia Boone (Pollocksville-Norma Sermon-Boyd, Sponsor)2005 Victoria Brown (New Bern-Dolores Sinclair, Sponsor)2008 Leandra Irving (Jacksonville-Edith Crisp, Sponsor)2011 Taylah Dove (New Bern-Tiffany Dove, Sponsor)2014 Christa Bryant (New Bern-Vivian Bryant, Sponsor)2017 TayTiana Bryant (New Bern-Vivian Bryant, Sponsor)
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Photo credit: La’Moore Photography
Click on the cover to view the Jabberwock 2017 souvenir program book.