High Five

Do you ever feel like Southeast Colorado Springs doesn’t get the credit it deserves? Like all the great things that people, churches, organizations and groups do here every day don’t get acknowledged?

Well that ends today.

The “High Five,” is intended to let you sing the praises of, give a shout out to or slap a high five, if you will, with those who are doing good things in Southeast. It is a space for you to share your great news, and that of your friends, family and clubs.

We will gladly consider submissions related to events and undertakings of general interest. To submit an item for the High Five, email a detailed description of the event, including date and place, and photos with identifying information from left to right to features@southeastexpress.org; for more information, call Regan Foster at 719-578-2802.

OK now: Let’s slap some high fives, shall we?

Courtesy Photo/Regina English Five of the eight young ladies crowned Dec. 9 in the My African American Miss scholarship pageant pose for a portrait with pageant founder Regina English.

Courtesy Photo/Regina English
Five of the eight young ladies crowned Dec. 9 in the My African American Miss scholarship pageant pose for a portrait with pageant founder Regina English.

Grace, poise, dignity and being “fabulous on purpose” were the order of the day Dec. 9 at the Lon Chaney Theatre. That was because young ladies affiliated with the philanthropic and community-service agency Be You vied for scholarships and crowns in the My African American Miss (Yes M.A.A.M.) scholarship pageant.

Courtesy photo/Andy peterson Felicia Hug (left) and Sara Suarez bag cookies for distribution to the homeless during a Jan. 12 cookie and sock drive at the Soul, Community, Planet (SCP) Hotel in Southeast.

Courtesy photo/Andy Peterson
Felicia Hug (left) and Sara Suarez bag cookies for distribution to the homeless during a Jan. 12 cookie and sock drive at the Soul, Community, Planet (SCP) Hotel in Southeast.

Participants were judged on an interview, outfit of choice, formal wear and an on-stage question. The Royalty Court is: Jailani Williams, Sanai Robertson, Miyah Pettiford, Nevaeh Dowah, Aliyah Parra, Mahalia Hancock, Tierra Tisby and Jawai Williams. The judging panel comprised State Rep. Tony Exum; Stephane Wallace and Nicole Frazier, board members of the African American Youth Leadership Conference; and Paul Prosper, executive director of the African American Youth Leadership Conference and president of the Omega Psi Phi Colorado chapter.

Pageant participants stepped out in philanthropic style Dec. 22 by hosting a toy giveaway at the Ruth Holley Library.

On Jan. 12 at Soul Community Planet (SCP) Hotel, Felicia Hug, a yoga instructor, kept busy overseeing the packaging of new socks and fresh cookies

About two dozen volunteers, including members of Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 42821 and Urban Peak, descended on the hotel to help with a cookie and sock drive that Hug dubbed “Sweet in the Stomach, Warm on the Feet.” The effort, which was co-hosted by SCP, was designed to warm the tummies and toes of some of the city’s homeless population.

Hug had placed a personal goal of 300 pairs of socks and an equal number of individual cookies on the drive. In the end, she collected 638 pairs of footwear, 500 treats, a $50 cash donation, underwear, a blanket, hand warmers and hand-written notes of encouragement. They were distributed by the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission.

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