The Student Choice Awards, like always, falls on the Monday of Tiger Fest at Grambling State University. It’s the opening to the festivities for the week, and it’s usually where the upbeat feel of the week comes from, and this Monday was no different.
Because of renovations being done at the T.H. Harris Auditorium, the student choice awards was held in the Black and Gold room here on Grambling’s campus. Students and faculty members filled the room to see the winners of numerous categories including Best Fraternity and Sorority, best tennis player, and best male and female basketball player just to name a few.
The awards show opened up with Go DJ Twins as the hosts and DJ Lex as the disc jockey for the night, playing music to awaken the vibe of those in attendance. As each award was called, different students introduced and announced the winners.
“It was pretty cool to be on stage introducing the winners of each award,” said Miles Saine, a junior economics major from Memphis, Tennessee. “I enjoy being in front of people and it gave me an excuse to dress up a little,” stated Miles as he rubbed his head from a fresh hair cut that he was given earlier that day.
Throughout the show, a couple of Grambling’s own talent graced the stage for entertainment purposes. Performances included SGA President Johnathan Wallace. He graced the piano giving us a taste of New Orleans with S-8ighty’s “Halfway” and the playing of Jasmine Sullivan’s hit “Let It Burn.” Both of which were an obvious crowd favorite because they joined in dancing and singing the words to both songs.
As each award was called, it was clear to see some of the fan favorites before they were given their awards.
“It’s always fun to see who the crowd is rooting for as the nominees are being called,” stated Khadijah Freeman, a senior kinesiology major from Memphis, Tennessee. Freeman is also president of the Favrot Student Union Board, which is responsible for the production and directing of tiger Fest. “I enjoy the excitement of the event as a whole. This event is not a popularity contest although many students would beg to differ, it just helps to show off some of Grambling’s own doing great things here on campus.”
Best Fraternity: Omega Psi Phi
Best Sorority: Delta Sigma Theta
Staff Member of the Year: Terry Lilly
Professor of the Year: Dr. Gernerique Stewart
Best Department: Biology
Most Popular Student Leader: Jimmitriv Roberson
Most Popular World Famed Bandsman: Jalen Hawkins
Most Popular Cheerleader: Yarica Charleston
Most Popular Orchesis: Jalin Ford
Most Popular Club & Organization: The Society of Distinguished Black Women
Best Dressed Male: Cecil Holt
Best Dressed Female: Joiya Smith
Best Male Vocalist: Adarian Williams
Best Female Vocalist: Kira Wilson
Best Actor: Adarian Williams
Best Actress: Dawn Clements