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Huntsville, Ala. ---- Now that they are securely settled in their studies at Alabama A&M University for the fall term, a group of five fraternity brothers—who nobly represented their chapter at a major step competition—can finally reflect on their success and the rough road to it.


The step show team members of the Delta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, won Alpha’s National Convention Step Show competition, performing before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds in Chicago, Ill.  Making the cut meant that the group beat out the competition at the district and the regional levels.


The 2011 victors against the chapters from Southern University and Indiana University are comprised of (alphabetically) seniors Andrew Foster, a business management major from Richmond, Calif., who is also Student Government Association president; Julian Grant, civil engineering, Birmingham, Ala.; Roger McKinnis, logistics and supply chain management, Livingston, Ala.; Terrence Peoples, computer science, Hoover, Ala.; and Terence Smith, psychology, Florence, Ala.


Not only was the step show team from AAMU the smallest in the national competition, but one member, Andrew, had to learn the step routine just five hours before the actual performance.  For 10 minutes, the guys from Delta Gamma awed the judges and first felt only feelings of relief when announced the winners of the contest.


Although elated by their phenomenal win, the team members still admit that financing their own way to a three-day stint in Chicago, coupled with coordinating steps with members scattered around the country, remains a story unto itself.  Nonetheless, victory is sweet.


Wiley Henderson, an AAMU biologist, serves as the group’s advisor.

by Jerome Saintjones