Generations: Janiyah Croxie Crowned Miss Jabberwock 2018

Robin Flowers-Quinniey and Taylor Hunter were First and Second Runners up

After eight months of engaging and empowering workshops, service projects and field trips, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Buffalo Alumnae Chapter crowned Janiyah Croxie as Miss Jabberwock 2018. Janiyah, a Sophomore at Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts, is the daughter of Joel and Sonia Croxie, who formed ”Team Janiyah” to boost their contestant through moral sup-port, fundraising and with several tables of friends and relatives at the Jabberwock Extravaganza. About her Jabberwock experience, Janiyah reflected, “Besides being crowned Miss Jabberwock 2018, the most special moments that I remember over the past eight months throughout the Jabberwock experience were in building a strong sisterhood with all of the other contestants.”

First Runner Up was Robin Flowers-Quinniey, a Junior at Amherst Central High School, daughter of Nyeema Quienniey and granddaughter of Kenneth and Verlaine Quinniey. Taylor Hunter, a Senior from Tapestry Charter High School, daughter of Robert and Dawn Hunter won the Second Runner-Up position. During the extravaganza, each contestant displayed a talent, and Miss Jabberwock, Janiyah Croxie, performed a beautiful contemporary ballet number on pointe. Following all individual talent presentations, the Jabberwock contestants came together in a modern jazz dance that reflected the friendships and good will developed during their Jabberwock experience.

The Jabberwock Extravaganza was held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Adams Mark Hotel, with record attendance and record funds raised. This is the continuation of a legacy, which started with the Deltas’ first Buffalo Jabberwock presentation in 1966, since which time over $250,000 in scholarship proceeds have been distributed through this Extravaganza and other fundraisers. Trina Burruss was program chair, JoAnna Rozier Johnson was co-chair, and Dr. Mattie L. Rhodes is chapter president. Ms. Burruss acknowledges that “We could not achieve this level of program excellence without each of our very hardworking sorority members and our generous sponsors and site partners.” President Mattie L. Rhodes, Ph.D., adds, ”We are ever grateful for the commitment of our chapter members, the community support and the generosity of our contestants’ family and friends.”