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National Fraternity hosts high school step show

Cassandra Hogue

Reporter

The Alpha Omicron Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. hosted its signature high school step show, Back to the Basic, on Feb.9 in Rent Auditorium.

The step show is hosted in February to pay homage to the African American heritage and to give back to the local community of Columbus. The talent show is comprised of dance, music and spoken words. Each category has a winner.  

“The step show is so amazing. I feel as if it continues to prosper every year and gives the campus and community a fun event to enjoy,” says Nicholas Wright, member of the fraternity.

There were five step teams and five talent acts in this year’s show. The winner of the dance portion of the talent show was the Blu Note Sisters of West Point, Miss. The winner of the dance competition was OSO Fabulous of Columbus, Miss. The winner of the step show portion of this event was the Amicettes of West Point, Miss. The Sigma Beta Club placed second; followed by the Blu Diamonds of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.  Lastly, the Lowndes County Dance Company performed as entertainment during the intermission of the show. There were many different performances at the show.

“The performances of the talent acts are always exciting. It’s amazing to see the high school step groups give their all in their performances,” says LaDorothy Johnson, senior at MUW.

More than 300 people came out to watch the performances. The show was hosted by Sean Cummings, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The fraternity has been hosting this step show for about nine years.

The chapter will be hosting another popular and signature event on March 23, Rock the Runway, a fashion show that raises money for charity. This year’s chosen charity is the United Way.

The Alpha Omicron Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded on April 28, 1996. Alpha Omicron Alpha is the youngest chapter in the state of Mississippi, but currently holds the title as the Superior Chapter for the State of Mississippi and the Most Outstanding Chapter of the Southern Region.

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