Tamira Antwionette Cole (pronounced Ta-my-rah) (born February 10, 1984), is a pageant contestant, noted collegian, professor and author; she is best known as the winner of the 2009 Miss Black Kentucky USA pageant. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, she currently resides in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Cole is the first African American woman to be selected for membership into the Sigma Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega at Austin Peay State University. She is also a youth advocate, community activist,oversees missionary, 4-H, HOSA, Volunteer Girls State and Tennessee Governor's School alumna. She is the youngest recipient of the Jobelle Holcombe Outstanding Panhellenic Alumna Award of Chi Omega in convention history and a national scholarship winner. She was also elected as the region II national vice president of the National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization.
Cole was given an honorable mention for USA Today's 2004 All-USA Academic College Team All-American, was named a top 22 College Woman of Glamour Magazine in 2005 and has been featured in Shape Magazine.
She has been recognized as a 2007 Glamour Magazine Hero, and a top ten national finalist in the Outstanding Youth Service Award named after Harris Wofford, a former U.S. Pennsylvania senator. She has spoken across the country and traveled internationally promoting her platform: Lights, Camera, YOUth in Action. She competed for the national Miss Black USA scholarship pageant in August 2009 and placed in the top five of the Miss Black USA Scholarship Pageant's People Choice Award.
She is the founder and creator of the Reach Out Initiative and serves as editor-in-chief of Teens for Change Magazine for Africa Change International, a nonprofit organization in Ghana.
- ↑ TFTJ Winner's Court. Turn For The Judges.
- ↑ Former HOSA National Officer Named One Of The USA Today Top In America. Health Occupations Student of America. Retrieved on 2009-01-26.
- ↑ "Honorable Mention". USA Today. 2004-02-11. http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2004-02-11-college-2004-honorable-mention_x.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- ↑ Chi Omegas Flourish. The Eleusis of Chi Omega. Retrieved on 2009-01-26.
- ↑ Marages, Kelly. "I Achieved My Dreams!". Shape Magazine. http://www.shape.com/healthy_eating/success_stories/I_Achieved_My_Dreams.html. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
Famous Chi Omegas and Notable Alums http://www.eduinreview.com/resources/chi-omega-sorority.
2004 USA Today All Academic College Team http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2004-02-11-college-2004-honorable-mention_x.htm.
2007 Glamour Magazine Hero http://www.apsu.edu/files/authenticated_user/fall_2007.pdf.
2009 Miss Black USA Pageant People's Choice http://www.missblackusa.org/Contestants2009_v2.htm.
- Tamira A. Cole - Miss Black Kentucky USA (Official website)
- Miss America and Miss Black Kentucky Credit 4-H with Passion for Service (The Power of Youth : Winter 2009)
- What HOSA has taught me so far…. by Tamira Cole
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