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‘Night of Elegance in Tigerland’

By Destini Thurman
On September 20, 2018

For the past 64 years, Grambling State University has crowned a university queen, alongside other class queens.  On Sept. 13, Ja’Mariea Davis-Miller, a pre-medicine biology major with a minor in psychology from Monroe, La., was officially crowned the 65th Miss Grambling State University in the T. H. Harris Auditorium.  


“I felt normal throughout the day, like a regular Thursday,” said Davis-Miller. “I traveled back from Baton Rouge that morning and it still had not hit me until about 6:45 that evening,” Davis-Miller explained.


The night was themed “A Parisian Night of Elegance in Tigerland.”  Guests were greeted by a replica of the Eiffel Tower with chandeliers transforming the stage into a night in Paris.  The masters of ceremonies for the night were Adarian Williams and Leon Thomas III.  


The program started off with the recognition of past queens by the 2017-2018 Miss Grambling State University, Jimmitriv Roberson.  Following was the presentation of the clubs and organizations queens, each dressed in an evening gown and a crown placed on their heads.   


After the completion of the campus queens, it was time for the royal court to make their appearance and take their places as class queens.  All four were dressed in a black and gold evening gown and crowned as they were formally introduced.


“I was searching online to find dresses for the girls and I happened to run across them at David’s Bridal.  I showed the dresses to the girls and they all loved them” Davis-Miller said.   


Before it was time for GSU’s new queen to be crowned, Cornelius Jackson, displayed his talents by singing into the crowd, followed by the Orchesis Dance company gracing the stage with a dance number.  As the Orchesis finished, Davis-Miller made her entrance by descending from the ceiling in a star-studded chair ready to begin her reign.  


“Before getting to that stage all I could do was thank the Lord for this amazing blessing,” said Davis-Miller. “As I was being crowned, I knew all my hard work had paid off and that I made it.  This was my moment.”    


Though this is Davis-Miller’s highest title on campus, she has always been a memorable name on campus. Davis-Miller activity on campus is what garnered her the support she needed to win this title.  She is a member of the Favrot Student Union advisory Board (FSUB), the Center for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST), biology club, Student Government Association (SGA), the Student Leadership Honors Society, Student Leadership Initiative (SLI), Student Ambassadors, and Tiger Dolls.  She was also previously Miss Freshman 2015-2016 and Miss Cover Girl 2017-2018.


As the night continued, Davis-Miller was officially crowned by the President and First Lady Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gallot Jr., following the royal toast.  
The new Miss GSU gave her thank you speech and appreciation to her loved ones at the night’s end.  


After the singing of the alma mater, friends and family gathered towards the stage to take pictures with the royal court, then made their way into the Black and Gold Room for refreshments.


“I plan to implement my platform, Fight for the G in You.  I plan to make my reign the best it  can be by taking students opinions into consideration, making sure that this is a safe home,” said Davis-Miller

 

 

"My platform during campaign was Crown the N.A.T.I.O.N. (Never Settle. Be Assertive, Trustworthy, Innovative, and Optimistic for Notability). Focusing mainly on helping my peers with adversity, stopping the violence and continuing alumni support.” Raegan Nation, Miss Senior

"My platform was #OillChange. I wanted to become Miss Junior because, I believe that I possess both the leadership and creativity that this position requires.
I plan to provide a safe environment for students through activities that both educate and inform the student body.” Ollivia Fields, Miss Junior

"[My platform] was, focusing on bringing awareness of mental health issues and domestic violence in the African American communities. I wanted to inspire other little black girls and be a positive representative of the Freshman Class at Grambling. I really plan on making sure I implement my platform in a way that will be heard by my peers!” Taylor Gray-Graham, Miss Soph.

"[My platform] was focusing on bringing awareness of mental health issues and domestic violence in the African American communities. I wanted to inspire other little black girls and be a positive representative of the Freshman Class at Grambling. I really plan on making sure I implement my platform in a way that will be heard by my peers!” Jamiah Franklin, Miss Freshman
     
  

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