First part of article published in the College Heights Herald:
The Miss Black Western is about more than beauty.
"We try to exemplify the positive aspects of black women, like being role models and showing leadership skills," said Paducah senior and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority member LeTonia Jones.
Five contestants competed in the 23rd Annual Miss Black Western Gala Thursday night in Garrett Ballroom. Paducah freshman Stephanie Smith won the pageant, which was sponsored by AKA.
She said it was an honor for her to win because it gives her a chance to show her honor and pride in being a black woman.
Smith won all four categories - sportswear, talent, evening gown and personal narrative.
Tiare Murphy, a Nashville freshman, won the patron's award. The patron's award is given to the contestant who sells the most advertisements for the pageant's program. Murphy sold $225 worth of advertisements.
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