Miss Hampton University
The Miss Hampton University 2008-2009 Scholarship Pageant was a truly a testament to the class, beauty and grace of Hampton women. 14 contestants competed for the crown which was ultimately taken home by Shannon “Poetry” Cooper of Miami, Florida. Cooper wowed the crowd and judges with her grace in an elegant interpretive dance and excelled in the swimsuit competition. 2nd runner- up Dominique Council of Baltimore, Maryland looked stunning in her shimmering black lace evening gown and exuded grace and poise during her “point-toe” ballet performance. Ashli Janee Washington of Gaithersburg, Maryland brought the house down with her amazing vocals and excitedly added that this pageant has helped her “confidence grow”. Courtney Ward of Augusta, Georgia twirled batons for her talent leaving the judges and the audience on edge during her performance and Constance Berryman did a stunning rendition of “My Funny Valentine” in a sparkling bubble-gum pink evening gown. Marquel Bohannon of Atlanta, Georgia sang a lovely song and looked statuesque in a salmon pink sparkling mermaid gown. All 14 of the contestants looked and performed wonderfully making this year’s 2008-2009 Miss Hampton University Scholarship Pageant one to remember.