The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented 25 outstanding young men at its 29th annual Delta Distinguished Gentlemen Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme for the event — chaired by Stacy Howard, Nicolette Laurent and Birlee Lever — was Continuing the Legacy of Commitment to Communities: Service, Leadership and Empowerment.

The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented 25 outstanding young men at its 29th annual Delta Distinguished Gentlemen Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The theme for the event — chaired by Stacy Howard, Nicolette Laurent and Birlee Lever — was Continuing the Legacy of Commitment to Communities: Service, Leadership and Empowerment.


The goal of the Distinguished Gentlemen program is to empower the young men to reach their highest educational, social and emotional potential. The gentlemen participated in a variety of events and public service activities during the 2015­2016 year that culminated in the banquet. The keynote speaker for the evening was Mr. Leon Jones Jr., a native of Pine Bluff and former Gentlemen, who is now the director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The speaker was presented by friend, Dr. John Kuykendall III.


The 2015­2016 Gentlemen are:


Bernard Black, son of Bernard and Reshon Black, is a student at Watson Chapel. His date was Mya Ware, daughter of Michael and Sharon Ware.


Keith Boyd Jr., son of Jason and Shanee Howard, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Tionna Ladd, daughter of Candy Ladd.


Ti’Ran Compton, son of Randy and Tiffanye Compton, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Terica Brown, daughter of Michael and Terri Brown.


Kalan Davis, son of Sherimon Goodwin and Kacy Davis, is a student at Watson Chapel High School. His date was Morgan Monk, daughter of Roderick and Diana Monk.


Mete Davis, son of Clarence and Barbara Davis, is a student at White Hall High School. His date was Lauren Bell, daughter of Natalie Penister.


Otis Dunn III, son of Otis II and Barbara Dunn, is a student at Watson Chapel High School. His date was Alexis Whitten, daughter of Ora Reynolds.


Tavion English, son of Tommie, III and Chanetta English, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Jasmine James, daughter of Kevin and Lynetta James.


Darrion Evans, son of Danny and Sheila Evans Sr., is a student at Watson Chapter High School. His date was Kylyn Kemp, daughter of Kenyetta Goodloe.


Jaylen Fuller, son of Tavoris and Veronica Ware, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Nyla Riley, daughter of Yulanda Riley.


Kenneth Gatewood Jr., son of Kenneth Sr. and Tracie Gatewood, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Rachele McArthur, daughter of Evelyn McArthur.


Braylon Gordon, son of Augustus Gordon and Arlene Campbell, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Kyla Davis, daughter of Christopher and Kim Davis­Hall.


Kacy Higgins Jr., son of Kacy Higgins Sr. and Shandra Smith, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Najallah Johnson, daughter of Natasha and William Dunn.


Marcus Jack, son of Marcus Jack Sr. and Shauna Madden, is a student at Watson Chapel High School. His date was Destini Hill, daughter of Edwin Thompson, Jr. and La’Queta Hill.


McKinley James, son of McKinley and Cellestine James, is a student at Dumas High School. His date was Tommie Lowe, daughter of Tommy and Synthia Franklin.


Jon Morgan, son of Rudolph and Mary Morgan, is a student at Watson Chapel High School. His date was Ebonie Edwards, daughter of Ricky and Inez Edwards.


Kavon Neal, son of Gene White and Wenona White, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Kiarra Woods, daughter of Carlous Woods and Latunga Brown.


A. Jordan O’Guinn, son of Alvin and Rhonda O’Guinn, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Leah West, daughter of LeRoy and Kim West.


Antonie Rice Jr., son of Dr. Antonie and Rashonda Rice, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Tia Najee’ Rice, daughter of Dr. Antonie and Rashonda Rice.


William E. Ridgell, son of Billy and Stephanie Ridgell, is a student at White Hall High School. His date was LaTaylor Rembert, daughter of Roderick and LaTyesha Rembert.


Cameron Robertson, son of Arnold Robertson and Yulanda Lassiter, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Trevon Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levon Lee.


Bruce Rollins, son of Bruce Sr. and Valinda Rollins, is a student at Watson Chapel High School. His date was Triona Johnson, daughter of Trina Johnson.


Jordan Shaw, son of Antoine Shaw and Erin B. Mothershed, is a student at White Hall High School. His date was Shanerial Fuller, daughter of Nathaniel and Dawn Fuller and Stephanie Bradley.


Christopher Sledge, son of Samantha Sledge, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Aubreyonna Gatewood, daughter of Shameka Gatewood.


Anthony Ward II, son of Anthony Sr. and Renisha Ward, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Marissa Bones, daughter of Keith and Monica Bones.


Justin Williams, son of Lorenzo Sr. and Annie Williams, is a student at Pine Bluff High School. His date was Jordan Iverson, daughter of Carolyn Robinson.


Anthony Ward II was crowned Mr. Distinguished Gentleman for 2015­2016.


The first runner-up was Ti­Ran Compton and the second runner-up was Darrion Evans. A. Jordan O’Guinn received the Mr. Together award and the highest GPA award. McKinley James received the second-place GPA award and Kenneth Gatewood received the third-place award.


In addition, the gentlemen received scholarship awards from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ranging from a $250 book scholarships to The Chancellor’s Full Ride Scholarship that includes full tuition, fees, room and board, and books up to $500 per semester. The total amount of these awards is valued at over $375,000 over four years. The awards were presented by Carla Martin, interim vice chancellor for finance and administration, on behalf of Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, not­for­profit public service organization committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service efforts in local communities. The Pine Bluff Chapter has been serving the local community since December 1, 1944. Ms. Kelly D. Bryant is the 2014­2016 Chapter President.