The First Annual Miss Blueprint Pageant was held August 17th at Savannah State University in the ballroom of the New Student Union Building. Nine young ladies who had been participating in the Blueprint program vied for the titles of Miss Blueprint and Miss Junior Blueprint 2013. The objective of the Blueprint program, founded by Mrs. Rowena Baylor – Howells, is to develop and empower preteen and teenage girls by providing them the tools that are essential to the preparation of their future. The young ladies were engaged in free workshops facilitated by professionals in areas such as goal setting, dating and dating violence, etiquette, developing the positive self, dress-for-success, volunteerism, public speaking, and more. During the pageant, each young lady showcased her talent, poise and public speaking skills through a group dance routine, and individual fashions in casual, business and formal wear, and by answering a set of thought-provoking questions posed by four judges, Dr. Sametria Mc- Fall-Dickerson, Ms. Tanet Taharka, Ms. Davida Capers-White and Madison Lambert.. The program also included a Charge to Fathers by Mr. Edward Jolley, Jr., Vice President, Business and Finance at Savannah State University; a Girls Empowerment Message by Mrs. Shirley B. James, Publisher, The Savannah Tribune, and entertainment by Singer/Songwriter, Krystal Pitts. The welcome and prayer was extended by Minister Sheri Rouse-Mainor. Emcees for the evening were Mrs. Tina Tyus-Shaw (WSAV-TV) and Brian Baily (WTOC-TV).
Mrs. Baylor-Howells is working to make the Blueprint Program for preteens and teenage girls a 501c3 organization, and one that will become an establishment in the Savannah community for girl empowerment. Applicants are still being accepted for the 2014 program. There are 10 openings remaining. Individuals interested in participating in the 2014 Miss Blueprint experience should email firstname.lastname@example.org.