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File #: 180093    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/1/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2018
Title: Recognizing and Honoring Nia Andrews for Her Exemplary Service and Leadership as Miss Philadelphia 2017.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature18009300.pdf
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Recognizing and Honoring Nia Andrews for Her Exemplary Service and Leadership as Miss Philadelphia 2017.

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WHEREAS, Nia Andrews was crowned Miss Philadelphia 2017 on February 25, 2017 at Drexel University's Mandell Theater. She earned a $4,000 college scholarship as the winner of the top local pageant in the nation, now in its 96th year; and

WHEREAS, Born and raised in Philadelphia, Nia Andrews is a graduate of Central High School and West Chester University. She was Miss West Chester 2015 and the former president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Iota Chapter. Additionally, she was the first African American Miss Bucks County in 2016 and the Black Student Union's Woman of the Year 2014-2015; and

WHEREAS, Nia Andrews' talent in dance, in which she has over 15 years of experience, has helped her to win pageants and serve the community. As Miss Philadelphia 2017, she performed on opening night with the Philly Pops for "Lenny's Revolution," a tribute to Leonard Bernstein. She also planned, coordinated, and taught dance workshops on National Dance Day. All proceeds went to the March of Dimes Foundation to support the fight against the nation's opioid crisis; and

WHEREAS, As Miss Philadelphia 2017, Nia Andrews has been an active presence in the community in support of her platform, "A Fighting Chance for Every Baby." At community programs and events, Nia Andrews has raised awareness about premature birth and family support. Her own sister, Bria, was born at 26 weeks; and

WHEREAS, Nia Andrews made over 115 appearances as Miss Philadelphia 2017 and completed over 250 hours of community service. In addition to her premature birth awareness and family support program, she hosted a book drive and donated over 50 books to the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She also partnered and read with the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia's Call to Action Literacy Initiati...

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