MISS CIAA 2018 Briona May -

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 Raleigh's Miss Shaw University Crowned as Food Lion's Miss CIAA 2018 

GROCER ALSO AWARDS $2,000 IN THE NAME OF MISS CHOWAN UNIVERSITY TO FOOD BANK OF THE ALBEMARLE FOR HAVING MOST POPULAR ONLINE VOTE 

 Today, Food Lion awarded Miss Shaw University, Briona May with its coveted 2018 Miss CIAA crown, along with a $2,500 scholarship at the CIAA Fan Fest Saturday inside the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

May is a native of Hampton, Va., and the daughter of retired navy chief paralegal, Veda May and James May Sr. A senior, majoring in social work, Briona aspires to be Attorney General of the United States of America. She is a member of the Shaw University women's track, cross-country and bowling teams where she has maintained a stellar GPA. She also is a member of the Shaw University Honors College. 

The Food Lion Miss CIAA Scholarship Competition winners are given scholarships based on their GPA, a community profile video on alleviating hunger, school involvement, interview, essay and online popular vote.  In addition to May, Food Lion also awarded its first-runner up distinction to Miss Virginia Union, Cecilia Thompson. 

Miss Chowan University, Lakayla Brown, won second-runner up and also received the most popular vote out of all 12 schools. Brown received 20,575 votes, which means that Food Lion Feeds will donate $2,000 to the Food Bank of the Albemarle in her name to alleviate hunger in the local community. 

The CIAA is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletic conference consisting mostly of historically African-American institutions of higher education. 

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

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