Kristen Herring Crowned Miss Black Tennessee 2007

The 2007 Miss Black Tennessee Pageant Organization crowns Vanderbilt student Kristen Herring during a remarkable celebration hosted by TV star Omarosa.

Nashville, TN, August 21, 2007 --( Kristen Herring walked the runway as the newly crowned Miss Black Tennessee USA 2007 Saturday night at the Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center. The walk marks her first steps into a journey that will take her across the state of Tennessee and beyond as she advances to the Miss Black USA national competition the Gambia, West Africa in August 2008.

Herring, 25, a native of Lumberton, North Carolina is a student at Vanderbilt University in the doctoral program for Biochemistry. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a degree in Biochemistry and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was awarded a $1500 scholarship and will spend the next year of her reign increasing awareness and community involvement towards her platform, Time to Get On The "M.O.V.E.," an acronym for "Motivation, Organization, Values, Education." Miss Black USA 2007, Kalilah Allen-Harris passed the crown to Herring shortly after taking her final walk as Miss Black Tennessee 2006.

The first runner-up, Althea Jack, earned a $1,000 scholarship. Jack is a student at Vanderbilt University majoring in Human Organizational Development. Second runner-up honors went to Shantell Elmore of Cookeville with third runner-up honors for Duanisha Mathews of Goodlettsville. Jasmine Jackson of Murfreesboro placed as fourth runner-up and Porshia Willis of Nashville placed as fifth runner-up.

Celebrity guest host Omarosa dazzled the audience as contestants from across the state competed for the coveted title of Miss Black Tennessee USA. The judging panel included Rep. Joe Towns (D-Memphis), Dr. Joseph W. Walker, Diane Zandstra, Stephon Fleming and Phyliss Nichols. The 2007 Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant board and committee are Elaine Cato, Lynet Payne, Lara Sanders, Michelle Warmsley, JK Hunter, K. Dawn Rutledge Jones, Tracy Pointer, Angelo White, Princecilla Ridley, Charles Howe, Chris Smith and Tyese Hunter.

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About Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant, Inc.

The Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant is an auxiliary of The Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant. Founded in 1984 to advance educational and professional opportunities for women of African- American descent, it is recognized as one of the premiere pageants of this nation. This year's Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant was sponsored by the following: Allstate Insurance Company, Tennessee State University, WQQK 92.1 FM, Coca Cola Community Connection, American Heart Association, WUBT 101.1 FM, Embassy Suites, The Tennessee Tribune, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rhealistic Design and Paul Mitchell The School.

Miss Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant Organization, Inc.
Aerial M. Ellis, Publicist