Jabberwock

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Jabberwock
Miss Jabberwock 2017 crowned May 6, 2017.

Origins of the Jabberwock

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 2017 Miss TayTiana Bryant
2005 Jabberwock Contestants (l-r) Sorors Carolyn Bland, Ruth Houston, Polly Richards, Ida Franks, Eliza Dudley, Frances Moore, Naomi Ryder Jabberwock 1971 Queen - Sharon Latham Jabberwock 1971 Queen - Sharon Latham
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)
2017 Jabberwock Court 2017 Jabberwock Queen with (l-r) 3rd Runner Up, 1st Runner Up, 2nd Runner Up (l-r) Christa Bryant, 2014 Jabbewock Queen; TayTiana Bryant, 2017 Jabberwock Queen; Vivian K. Bryant, Sponsor
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Photo credit:  La’Moore Photography
Click on the cover to view the Jabberwock 2017 souvenir program book.