Kayla Smith | Staff Writer
Photo Credit: Kayla Smith
On the night of Jan. 17, every level of the Student Center Atrium was packed shoulder to shoulder with Hampton students, to watch the Divine 9 perform to determine who would take home the trophy. Each organization performed to their highest abilities in front of a panel of judges that scored them based on aspects such as entrance and overall performance.
Before the stroll off even began, there was an energetic atmosphere that filled the student center, fueled by lively music from Hampton’s very own, Bishop Fletcher, a second year cybersecurity major from Philadelphia, PA, also known as DJ Bflex. However, once the night kicked off, there was no stopping it.
The performances started off with a “fiery” introduction by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated that brought the fire right to the center of the crowd. Next, the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated took the floor with a hard-hitting team performance dressed in sweatsuits and all, that got the crowd hyped. After they left the stage, the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated was on a secret mission to save the planet in their Men In Black inspired performance. They added a little extra flair with their use of an actual “alien” coming out to battle with the Sigmas.
The last organization to take the stage was Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. The Alphas decided to place us in Hampton’s own version of the BET awards. This high-intensity performance was filled with everyone’s favorite songs and personalized award sections including “overplayed songs at Hampton” and “R&B song of the year.”
After hard work put in by each of the organizations that participated tonight, it was time to decide a winner. The Gamma Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated took home the trophy out of the three fraternities that competed. For the Sorority winner, the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta took home the title.
Of course with a big crowd watching each of the organizations, it had to have been a lot of pressure to show out for the audience. When asked how it felt to perform in the stroll off, Rhian Collier, a graduating senior, Psychology major from Houston, TX and a Spring 2019 initiate into the Gamma Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta said, “it felt amazing with it being my first stroll off…I had a great time being able to do it with my sisters.” The performers were not the only ones that felt the adrenaline rush of the night. Justin Isaacs, a first-year finance major from Baltimore, MD was part of the crowd tonight. After being asked how it felt to be among the crowd while watching the performance, he said, “it was a great experience, I’m so glad that I was able to attend and I definitely will make sure that I don’t miss this event next year.”
Between the themes and outstanding creativity from each performance, this year’s Stroll Off was another success and a good way to end Hampton’s NPHC week.