Meet Miss Bel Air 2021!
Pictured, right: Chiamaka Ezeonyebuchi, Miss Bel Air 2020-2021.
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., the non-profit, all-volunteer group that produces the parade, fireworks and all other events in the Town of Bel Air each July 4, announces that Chiamaka Ezeonyebuchi, who was named Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2020, retains her title throughout 2021, in keeping with the decisions of the Miss Maryland Pageant in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The title holder, the 11th consecutive, familiarly known as "Miss Bel Air," serves as official hostess and participant in one of the region's largest 4th of July celebrations, taking place from dawn to night on Sunday, July 4, 2021. As information and plans unfold related to this event in the coming weeks, Ms. Ezeonyebuchi will also help promote the event to the Town of Bel Air Commissioners, the Harford County Council, and the citizens of greater Bel Air, Maryland.
Ms. Ezeonyebuchi, a native of Maryland, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore. In high school and college she was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, included in the Franklin P. Purdue Business School Dean's List, and received the Stuart & Cora Wild Scholarship and the Senator Ulysses Currie (Maryland retired State Senator) Scholarship. At Salisbury University she received the A. K. Talbot Leadership Award, the Robert E. Lovely Resident Assistant Leadership Award, was a Salisbury University Cultural Laureate, and was President of the Salisbury University African Student Association. She currently serves as a founding Board Member of the Young Professionals Employee Resource Group in her company, and as President of Umu Igbo Unite DMV chapter.
Ms. Ezeonyebuchi's social impact goal is to help under-served communities, with a focus on food insecurity, affordable housing, and unemployment/under-employment. She also has a passion for addressing climate change. As she says, "It is time for us to get back to taking care of the world around us. Not only does this mean we should adopt more sustainable practices in our day to day life, but we can all get involved in social activity that help us save our beloved planet."
Her current professional position is as a Recruitment, Marketing & Analytics Associate for Bozzuto, the Baltimore-Washington corridor construction and management firm that manages more than 70,000 apartment residences and 2.2 million square feet of retail space. She previously was employed by Bozzuto as a Talent Acquisition Associate; by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., as a Human Resources Diversity & Inclusion Intern; and at Salisbury University, as a Resident Assistant.
The fourth of six children of Igbo-Nigerian immigrants, Ms. Ezeonyebuchi is outgoing, enthusiastic, and comfortable working hands-on with children and adults. She is a fitness enthusiast and an accomplished saxophone player.
According to Michael Blum, Chairman of the Miss Bel Air Selection Committee, "We were enthralled by Chiamaka Ezeonyebuchi's upbeat attitude and obvious suitability for the role, especially in the spring of 2020, when 'all bets were off' as regards what was going to happen come July 4. Although in the end we were not able to hold any kind of celebration in 2020, we are undeterred, and I have no doubt that Ms. Ezeonyebuchi will be a worthy and admirable holder of the title throughout 2021," Blum adds.
Don Stewart, President of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, agrees, stating that "Chiamaka Ezeonyebuchi is a highly-educated, extremely competent young person, and is devoted to the service of her country and to the State of Maryland. Although she is not originally from Harford County, she lives nearby and is adopting Bel Air as her new ‘home town.' "
Events on Independence Day in Bel Air traditionally include the flag-raising at 6:45 am in front of Bel Air High School, the traditional Pancake Breakfast, the various family-friendly functions during the day, including the traditional competitive events, Uncle Sam Says, and the Watermelon Eating Contest! Finally, Miss Bel Air 2021 will lead the parade down Main Street in Bel Air at 6 pm.
Miss Bel Air, representing Bel Air and the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, will compete for the title of Miss Maryland 2021 at the official pageant, currently slated for late June, 2021; that pageant is part of the Miss America Pageant process. In the pageant, Chiamaka will perform "One Summer's Day" by Joe Hisaishi, on the soprano saxophone.
After July 4, Miss Bel Air may also appear in official or charitable events throughout the remainder of the calendar year, including the annual Town of Bel Air Christmas Parade.
The title and position of Miss Bel Air Independence Day is an honorary one only, with no employment value or compensation to the title holder. No obligation is imposed upon the Bel Air Independence Day Committee towards the title holder, nor is there any obligation imposed upon the title holder, other than the requirements listed on this page. The holding of the title lasts the calendar year of its choice only, as per the general pageant expectations. The Committee reserves the right to change or replace holders of this position if needed, for any reason whatever.