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Chontell Lucas is the CEO/Founder of Sparkle Nation, LLC. Sparkle Nation has been dedicated in helping women of all ages find their internal sparkle, and to persevere through life’s transitions. Sparkle Nation was founded after her mother passed away in 2012 from Sarcoidosis. (Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that gets little recognition.) The essence of Sparkle Nation, LLC can be embodied in her personal quote. “You SPARKLE your brightest, in the face of adversity, when you choose to shine in the dark, your light becomes contagious.”
Sparkle Nation has been active from 2013 into the present inspiring events in honor of Sarcoidosis Awareness including: Sparkle Day Launch Party (2013) and has hosted a Christian CD Release (2014) honoring Sarcoidosis Warriors. Chontell has left a trail of SPARKLE in several states (Manhattan, New York; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; Texarkana, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Los Angeles California.) She has recently been afforded the opportunity to travel to Manchester, London to teach a Self-Esteem class for the International COGIC Youth Dept. She has rallied at The Today Show, and Good Morning America which received national covered for Sarcoidosis Awareness. She is also connected to 25 Sarcoidosis Groups on social media and over 15 States. She is also an active Ambassador for the Sarcoidosis of South Carolina Care Group. She has recently established an annual pageant for girls ages 2-18. The Miss Pure Sparkle Pageant is a huge accomplishment and Awareness piece to shed light on Sarcoidosis, Outreach, and Self-Esteem. The Sparkle Nation umbrella covers a multitude of empowerment including: Workshops, Self-Esteem Sessions, Sarcoidosis Advocacy, and a mentoring program (Sparkle Charms) for little ladies, ages 4-17. (Serving two locations: Columbia, SC and Greenwood, SC.)
Education is her first love, she has a background in Elementary Education for over 10+years, and is a proud Cum Laude Graduate of Benedict College. Born in Comanche, Oklahoma her passion for music was nurtured from a young age by her involvement in church. Chontell, has had the privilege to sing background for many local and well renowned Christian artist. Chontell, is definitely a young lady who has conquered many adversities. She was involved in a life threatening accident in 2014, which left her on life support and other serious injuries. These injuries has affected her vocal ability, leaving her vocal chords partially paralyzed. This pit stop didn’t slow her down. She is the former Ms. South Carolina Plus America 2016. Chontell has won several awards: The Miss Community Service Award, The Director’s Award, People’s Choice Award, Ms. Congeniality Award, and Talent Award. She also traveled to Dallas, Texas to participate in the Miss Plus America Pageant System, where she received The Smile Award for Positive Social Media Influence and Best Overall Interview Score. Chontell was also crowned Ms. Yellow Jessamine Plus America 2017. During this particular reign, she received several awards and placed 4th in the National Plus America Pageant System. Chontell was recently awarded the Woman of Influence Award 2018 by ACHI Magazine. The ACHI Award is granted to women who through consistency and longevity have achieved success in a chosen profession. Chontell’s passion is simply LIFE. She wants every individual to leave her presence feeling empowered, informed, and inspired. The memories of survival is the force that drives her to encourage others to simply live. Chontell is very passionate about infusing purpose in every individual she encounters, enabling them to use every gift that’s placed inside. The goal is to leave this earth empty and to encourage others to do the same.