Siblings become first to win the Little Miss AKA pageant

Mary and Lauren Collins

Mary and Lauren Collins

Nashville sisters earn the distinction of being the first siblings to win the coveted Little Miss Alpha Kappa Alpha title. While both girls proudly represent the 108-year-old family tradition, their individual two-year experiences have been more than they could have ever imagined. Serving their community has been the primary focus, and it has given the 5th and 8th grade St. Bernard Academy girls a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Mary L. Collins (Little Miss AKA 2012) always knew that she wanted to be a member of the distinguished organization, but her reign brought this foreshadowing of thought a little closer to reality. While acting in this leadership capacity, she was able to see how much of an impact-even a child can make in the name of outreach. It has inspired her to continue to seek out opportunities to serve and she is now a regular volunteer at local charities around the city.

Much of the same can be said for Lauren E. Collins (Little Miss AKA 2014). She insists that winning the pageant has given her a passion for girl’s rights that she didn’t have before. Her desire to see young women achieve at higher levels was initiated by her participation in the pageant. Indeed, a recent book she completed epitomizes strength and dedication in a tiny package: the story of Malala, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban due to her position on the education of girls in Iraq. As she prepares to transition out of this role, life as a civil servant is just beginning.

Mary and Lauren Collins are the daughters of LaTandra (Alpha Delta Omega chapter) and Millard D. Collins.

For pageant information contact the following: Kappa Lambda Omega, Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (President Laurel A. Howell; Chairman Kelli Lee; Co-Chairman Yolanda Brooks Robinson).