Vinielle Acha-Morfaw of Gaithersburg was crowned Miss Maryland Collegiate America 2014 at the conclusion of the pageant held at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa On Sunday, August 4, 2013. Acha-Morfaw will represent the state Of Maryland at the national Miss Collegiate America 2014 pageant, scheduled for July 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
Vinielle Acha-Morfaw Miss Maryland Collegiate America 2014
Acha-Morfaw is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in biology at the University of Maryland College Park in College Park, Md. Acha-Morfaw has future plans of becoming a world renowned dentist.
Acha-Morfaw is very active within the community, she is an officer for the Best Buddies Chapter at the University of Maryland College Park. The goal is to mentor people with intellectual disabilities. Acha-Morfaw is the historian and captures memorable moments at every event. As well as coordinate meetings, plan various Best Buddies outings, and spend time with a buddy. She is also a member of Colleges Against Cancer which partners with the American Cancer Society .
Acha-Morfaw’s platform is Lung Cancer Prevention: Don’t Struggle for Air. She has worked with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to help make a difference for people of color in the world.
Tracey Jamison, director of the state pageant says “I am quite pleased with the young ladies the judges chose to represent these states in July. Throughout the weekend, the young ladies exhibited poise, charm and intelligence – everything this pageant system stands for.” Each contestant has a chance to win the national title and the $10,000 scholarship prize. Throughout the weekend’s competition, the delegates were scored in three categories – an individual interview with judges (40%), Evening Gown (40%) and fun fashion (20%).
The Miss Maryland High School & Collegiate America pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss High School & Collegiate America Pageant and is under the direction of Tracey Jamison. The Miss High School America & Collegiate Pageants competition exist for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for high school girls. It is the goal to provide outstanding young ladies the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values.