By Jocelyn Grace, Features Writer

On March 30, the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., hosted its annual “Rep Your High School” step show to raise money for its annual scholarships.  This year, the chapter awarded over $15,000 in scholarships to area high school and college students, including several students from Keenan.

“The step show allows us to serve the community by providing scholarships to well qualified, deserving students and also provide canned goods to families in need. Our step shows are usually very successful in raising money, and we can’t wait for next year,” Mrs. DeVonne Smalls, Mathematics Teacher and Richland County Alumnae Chapter member, said.

The Richland County Alumnae Chapter also allowed the Delta G.E.M.S. and Marching Raider Rubber Band drum line to be involved with the show. The drum line performed, while the Delta G.E.M.S. helped by doing various tasks to make sure everything ran smoothly. Senior Diamond Samuels was one of the few chosen to help.

“I helped work the concession stand and also gave water to the steppers after their outstanding performances. I have never been to a real step show before, so to see them step was amazing to me,” Samuels said.

Three teams came to perform their various routines for the panel of judges. One of the judges was Mr. Brandon Hopkins, Band Director. He and the other judges scored the teams according to their precision, creativity and uniformity. The winners of the step show were first place: The Diamond Dawgs of Lower Richland High School, second place:  The Lady Diamond Step Team of Lower Richland High School and third place:  The Ridgeview High School Step Team.

“It felt good to finally see the today’s youth doing something positive,” Hopkins said.

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