Miss A&T

Reported by Ashley Mason
Note: Other candidates have not replied.

Jordon Outing is management major here at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is from Chesapeake, Virginia, for she started her down to aggie land. Jordon desired to be Miss. A&T since she was a freshman, and she believed she would be a great representation for this campus. Also, she wanted to succeed f having an impact on her university and community. Throughout her years at A&T, she became unsure of herself, for she decided the position was too overwhelming and she would run for Miss. Senior. However, her junior year she knew not to be complacent and if God has in his plans, she would receive the crown, but if not it was not in his will. Outing’s platform is “Going for the G.O.L.D, Go out and Live Your Dreams,” meaning she cannot live her life wanting to accomplish dreams and goals with knowing that she did not do all she could succeed. She wants the opportunity to encourage other people around her, starting with her peers. Outing has much experience as a leader, for she was president of an organization called “Top Teens of America” for two years. She is a youth dance choreographer at her church, and she mentored at Smith Homes Boys and Girls Club. Jordon believes to stay true to herself and admitting she has tried to be someone she is not. Furthermore, she has realized she cannot be anyone, but Jordon. If she is elected to be the next Miss. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, for she would be humble and honored to do the job.

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Sophomore Class

Reported by Shequetta Nixon
Note: Both candidates are unopposed.

Lakota Maize
President
Freshman Lakota Maize is currently running for Sophomore class Vice President.  Maize is from Greensboro, NC  and is majoring in Early Education.  The candidate has held a position before, Miss Dudley High School.  The candidates platform is, “Life’s a Maize,” and the main focus of this platform is to introduce a “College 101” course to high school juniors and seniors to better prepare them for college.  Maize is a part of Bombshellz in Business and 1st Annual Leadership Synergy Program.  Before graduation Maize would like to be enrolled in the Honors program at A&T university.  “If I am elected to win I want to be the voice for my class but also listen to what they have to say,” Maize said.

Danielle Spearman
Vice president
Freshman Danielle Spearman from Rocksboro, NC is currently running for Sophomore class Vice President. The candidate is an electronics technology major and is involved in SUAB organization on campus. Spearman has little experience with holding a position, in high school she was parliamentary in student government. When asked what her platform was, the candidate proudly answered, “Young minds making a change for a better future.” This platform mainly focuses on bringing the sophomore class together as one, supporting one another and getting to know their peers and classmates. Before graduation the candidate hopes to give back to the community but especially the elders because of what they have given everyone else. Spearman says that she stands out from the other candidate because she is hard working and knows what she wants, although the other candidate shows the same dedication. “There is nothing to hold me back in these elections and if I am to win sophomore class vice president I will be sure to serve my class the best I can!” said Danielle Spearman.

Sophomore class queen and king
Reported by Aliyah Benton

Ashanti Modlin:
Ashanti Modlin is a JOMC major with a concentration in PR From NJ. Modlin served as class president for three years at her high school. On campus activities include NYNJ connections, aggie media group, aggie insider, a volunteer student ambassador, a co-host on WNAA 90.1, and on the street team. Modlin’s campaign is access to S.E.R.V.E stands for simply establishing rewarding value in education. She choose this platform to promote value through service and to encourage students to do service for others while at NC A&T. Service ideas include service and wellness, little lady aggies, and sophomore service Saturday. If she wins this election the first thing she would do for the class of 2017 is to have a social event to show how much she appreciates her class. When Modlin graduates she want to move to DC and work in public affairs.

Katrina Keyes:
Katrina Keyes is a JOMC major with a concentration in mass media production. In high school she served as 9th grade president. At A&T she is a SGA intern and apart of SUAB. Off campus she is an intern for 102 Jams. Keyes platform is less talk more action. Also, she reminds students in her campaign ad “lets be the Keyes to open our future”. Through her platform she wants to engage people in volunteer opportunities and grow together as a class. Her volunteer programs include royalty role models and aggies go green. Her most passionate volunteer program is royalty role model where she will travel to high schools to mentor the students. Though she doesn’t think she stands out from other candidates, she believes she has a vision and is humble enough to see it through.

Marcia Lindsey:
Marcia Lindsey is a pre-nursing major and hopes to seen be pre-med student from Raleigh, NC. Lindsey has no direct SGA experience. However, she wants to be on the royal court to become a positive influence on campus and in the community. On campus she is a Early Assurance Scholar, Honor student, M.A.P.S program, and member of Alpha Lambda Delta honors society. Lindsey’s platform is “Leaving Our Legacy”. This platform was inspired by the A&T four. She believes students should be inspired by their actions and carry their legacy. Lindsey believes she stands out from other candidates because of her strong understanding of A&T legacy and her leadership ability. Though she doesn’t have a set volunteering ideas, she hopes her volunteering events will help expand student’s knowledge. When she graduates she wants to go to medical school.

Curtis Pope:
Curtis pope is a pre physical therapy major from Maryland. In high school Pope was on the honors council and SGA secretary. On campus he is apart of metro aggies. His platform is P.O.P.E. P.O.P.E stands for promoting outreach and positive expression. His main focus is to keep service hours alive. Pope feels as if his determination makes him stand out from other candidates. However, he does not yet have set community service programs or projects in mind. Besides wanting to put trash around the community. If selected for Mr. Sophomore the first thing he would want to do is get to know other people on the royal court. When he graduates he wants to do physical therapy.

Quentin Angelero’:
Quentin Angelero’ is a sports medicine major from Reedville NC. Though he has no experience with SGA he hopes this experience will break him out of his shyness. On campus he works with Verge Modeling Troop and volunteers with black child development of Greensboro. His platform is F.A.I.T.H never fails. F.A.I.T.H stands for future achieve inspire teach and help. He would like his community service to create a group to inspire young men to help other incoming freshman. If elected for Mr. Sophomore he would like to reach out to the class of 2017 to get a jump start on his community service program,. In the future he will like to use his degree to work in sports medicine.

Sophomore Class King
Reported by Sateria Giles

Robert C. Hall
Mr. Robert C Hall is an Industrial and Systems Engineering Major hailing from Greensboro, North Carolina. As a freshman, Hall has encouraged himself to run for the 2014-2015 SGA elections with hopes of being crowned Sophomore Class King. Hall’s said that his biggest inspiration for running in this election is his desires to self-innovate. He says that he is constantly seeking new ways to test his limits. He says that his fellow freshman class does not have the proper leadership and support who can represent the entire body. Robert aspires to become that lead supporter not only for himself, but also for his peers. Robert is involved in multiple on campus clubs and organizations such as the Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Honors Society, NCAT Institute of Industrial Engineers and VERGE Modeling Troupe. His motto for the election is “Raised by its history, embodied with its culture, I am an Aggie.” Robert aims to put a larger focus on where we’ve come from so that we have guidance for the future. When asked what makes him stand out from any of the other candidates, he said the other candidates are similar, and don’t think outside of the box. He says that he consistently strives to step out of the box in this campaign, and that every other candidate produces the same concepts over and over again. Robert says that if this election does not go as planned, he will be disappointed, but at least proud that he could mix up the “trends” that we tend to observe in our elections.

Reported by Sateria Giles

Jordan Greene
President

Mr. Jordan Greene is an Accounting major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Running for Sophomore Class President, Jordan’s biggest inspiration to run in the election came from his passion to help his fellow Aggies by wanting to be a great servant to the HBCU he calls “home.” Jordan was crowned North Carolina A&T State University Class President during the 2013-2014 school year. He was also the 2013-2014 Residential Hall Council Treasurer. Jordan’s platform is “Leadership. Service. Excellence.” He said that his motto fits perfectly to what the sophomore class needs, and will achieve if he is elected. Jordan said that his will power, charisma, intelligence, and love for his peers are qualities he possesses in his leadership. He says that service allows us to provide and give back to our illustrious community, and he makes sure that it is executed. When asks what makes him stand out from any of the other candidates, he said that during his past experience as being Freshman Class President,  he has already learned what mistakes not to make, as well as what areas to improve on. His ambitious drive and determination he intakes as an individual will exemplify that he is able to make his fellow peers the cream of the crop.

Reported by Arial Coxe
A’marah Hawkins
SGA Election Sophmore class Secretary

The sophomore class candidate list for secretary was very short. It consisted of one candidate named A’marah Hawkins. After making an effort to find this candidate via aggie gmail I was not able to locate them and get an interview. There are many questions that need to be answered by Hawkins. The sophomore class needs to be informed about who the secretary will be and what their platform consist of. Hawkins is the only candidate and will hopefully fulfill all secretary duties while on SGA. Although secretary may not be a bigger role than President or Vice President it is important as well. It is possible that Hawkins will fill the study body in on his or her qualifications, why they want to run and ways in which they would like to serve as the sophomore class secretary.

Mister A&T interviews

Reported by Janay Boone

James Bowen II
James Bowen II is a Junior Industrial & Systems Engineering major hailing from the small town of Riegelwood, NC. James has dedicated himself  to setting a standard of excellence within himself that he hope shines outwardly to those who see and interact with him on a daily basis. He comes to the student body humbly to ask for support in his campaign to become your next Mister North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. James is affiliated with organizations such as Residence Hall Association, North Carolina A&T Honors Program, and he also serves as your Mister Junior for the 2013-2014 school year.North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University has molded him into the man he is today, and for that he will be forever indebted to this great institution.He stands, ready and willing, to serve this university with confidence, decorum, and good ole’ Aggie Pride

Brenden Kee
Brenden Kee is Junior Electrical Engineering major from “The ATL” Atlanta,Georgia. He is running to become your next Mister North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.Brenden’s platform “ Inspiration, Motivation,and Dedication” has all the qualities he believes will make this a better campus. He would like to incorporate his platform by being a role model for students between the ages of 12-17. He wants to promote higher education by attending application day at local high schools in the Greensboro area. Bringing awareness of community service is very important to him and he is willing to participate in any community service activity. He relates to problems that everyday college students have and he feels that is an important part of being the face of the university. He believes that he has the intelligence, military leadership and faith to obtain this illustrious position.

Bryan Miller
N/A. Was not able to get in touch with.

Junior Class

2014 SGA Election Candidate Profiles

Junior class
Reported by Brianna Bazemore, Brianna Forte, Danielle Fuller and Miranda Jacobs

Candidate: Kayla M. Harris
Office: Junior Class President
After being contacted via twitter, Harris did not respond to give commentary for the interview.

Candidate: Adamah Marenah
Office: Junior Class President
Marenah was unable to give an interview due to obligations at a conference in Durham, N.C.

Candidate: Diamond A. Womack
Office: Junior Class Vice President
After being contacted via twitter, Womack did not respond to give commentary for the interview.

Candidate: Marcus Miller
Office: Junior Class Treasurer
Marcus Miller is an accounting major here at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Miller arrived to the university as a transfer student, and said that he saw much that needed to be done. At that point he made it a personal goal to become a member of the student government association. By running for an SGA position, Miller felt that he could take an active role in influencing change at the university. This is his first time running for any office at the university, but Miller says that he has the knowledge of the role of the treasurer, and believes that it is his leadership skills, him being money savvy, and his creativity that will help him be successful in office. Miller is running on the platform of, “I don’t have time for fun and games, but I do have time for counting change. If change is what you want, vote Marcus Miller for Junior Class Treasurer.” He wants to drive his mission to change. Miller used the word “determination” to describe himself. He is determined to give students what they need rather than just doing what he wants in office. He says, “I believe that because I am dedicated, motivated and willing to work hard towards improvement, makes me the best candidate.” Miller also said he wants to give fellow classmates that same determination to better themselves and the people around them. When Miller was asked about his goals for his term in office he said, “My goals for my position are simple; I want everyone in NCAT to be financially fit. By that I mean I want everyone to know how to save and spend their money wisely so that they can have it for the future as well.” This says that Marcus Miller is looking to more than manage the junior class’ money. He also wants to provide students with life skills. Miller plans to help students improve by using various programs. It seems that although he is running for junior class treasurer his mission extends much further than the class. Marcus Miller said in reference to his campaign, “…I really do want us as a university to excel and continue to excel even harder than before.” –Danielle Fuller

Candidate: Shamika Price
Office: Junior Class Queen
Price was unable to be contacted for interview commentary.

Candidate: De’Andre I. Gilliard
Office: Junior Class King
After being contacted via twitter, Gilliard did not respond to give commentary for the interview.

Interview with Jamal Averett and Brianna Botswain
Office: Junior Class King and Queen

To Reign or Not to Reign…Again?

The names, Jamal Averett and Brianna Boatswain may ring bells to some of you. Why would those names be familiar to you? It may be because of the upcoming elections for SGA, class kings and queens, and Mister and Miss A&T or it could be because these two students are everywhere (I mean that in a good way!). Jamal and Brianna are both staples for their junior class, as they have both held previous and current SGA positions, were the class of 2016’s Mister and Miss’s Freshman, and participate in numerous campus organizations and events. With their extensive resumes, experience, and inescapable magnetic personalities, one would think that these two would be the best candidates for the job. Of course only time and the voters will tell.

Why they wanted to be the next Junior Class King and Queen:
Avertt said, “…this is something I am very passionate about. Also a lot of my fellow classmates came up and expressed how bad they really wanted to me run for Mister Junior, it was an humbling experience that you actually have people who look up to you when sometimes you begin to doubt yourself. One of the best experiences of my life.”
Boatswain said, “I choose to run for the position of junior class queen because I want to be able to look back in about 10 years and say because I did this I made someone else life better, I helped better the community, and I inspired someone else to do the same thing.”

When it comes to why he is the best candidate for the job:
Averett said, “I think what makes me best candidate for the position is my drive, my work ethics, my people skills, and most importantly my passion to serve my class. As a whole, I have made it my responsibility to try to reach out to everyone in the class of 2016, whether it be social media or in person. One thing that I King should embody is the ability to be relatable and know how to converse with people from all different walks of life. As soon as I stepped on North Carolina A&T campus I knew I wanted to make a change, with this being said I feel that if elected I want to serve as the liaison from the students to the faculty and actually see a change in our class.”
Boatswain said, “I will not say that I am the best candidate for this position simply because I believe that a true leader never needs recognition but I will say experience goes a long ways, serving as freshman class queen and the sophomore class treasurer has helped me build and gain all of the knowledge that I need to know to best serve North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Class of 2016, so let’s keep moving forward because we have no time to take steps backwards!”

On their Previous Experience:
Averett said, “My previous experience will help me be successful because everything that I do in life I use it learning experience, to grow from it and better as a person. These position have helped me with my professionalism, work ethics, the ability to speak in public in front of a crowd and my brand.” Boatswain said, “I choose to run for the position of junior class queen because I want to be able to look back in about 10 years and say because I did this I made someone else life better, I helped better the community, and I inspired someone else to do the same thing.”
On their campaigns/platforms:
Averett said, “If elected, I can bring that sense of unity. I’m all about empowering the next black brother or sister to the next of me. With that being said, I think the class of 2016 lacks unity and a support system. Once we have all of that we will be an unstoppable class and will make it our Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence. Thank you so much for your time. If you support me and where I am going for my class. Elect ME JAMAL Averett Wednesday March 26th 2014 from 8:00am-6:00pm. Remember P.R.I.D.E is Everything”

Boatswain said, “my campaign is Authentic, straight from the heart, I refuse to make promises because breaking promises is simply telling a lie, I want my class to be able to believe me when I say “Vote Brianna Boatswain for Miss junior a decision you will not regret” because I have a passion for helping others and if I had the opportunity to be A&T’s very own Junior Class Queen, I believe that my class can trust in me that I will carry out all of my duties.” “I believe that the community is the back bone of our society, and without maintaining it with service and dedication it will fail. In order to do so I’ve built a simple structure called the
B.E.E.H.I.V.E Bold excellent experienced humble inspirational vocal and Equal are all the qualities that the hive strives on and as junior class queen I will make sure that not only I am, but WE are as strong as our weakest link in each of these qualities. So I leave you with this “JOIN THE BEEHIVE AND LETS BEE GREAT TOGETHER”

Additional information:

Candidate: Arianna Allen
“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown

Arianna is a sophomore more who is running for Junior Class President. She is currently Vice President of the Sophomore Class. She wants to portray a business oriented class because around this time students are looking for job opportunities, co-ops and internships. Her platform that she stands on for her campaign is “Ready to serve”; she wants to listen and understand what the class of 2016 wants and provide their needs to the best of her ability. It’s obvious she wants to please and satisfy the rising juniors of next year. “I would like to close the gap between the class executive board and the rest of the class; I would like us all to work together to reach common goals.” said Arianna, explaining how she wants the class to become one and know each other at least on a first basis, we need a sense of unity.

Candidate: Mariyah Pressley
Mariyah Pressley is a sophomore running for Junior Class President. She is one the dance coordinators for the organization Couture and a future Biomedical Engineer. Mariyah wants to achieve the goal of making the class officers and students of 2016 to come together. She will be striving for more class participation in event/program “brainstorming” so the e-board can make sure that the things planned are more effective and benefits the rising juniors in some kind of way. She has a great deal of experience with being a leader such as SGA Pres., president from high school and is a member and Vice President of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. “My campaign platform is building bonds and making moves. Building bonds refers to what I stated earlier about bridging that gap and making moves is about working together to better our gpa, community, and ourselves” said Mariyah as she discussed her platform. She describes herself as bubbly, fun-loving person 24/7 and has a natural positive energy. Also, due to her dance background she can bring a creative approach to a leadership position.

Candidate: Brian Oulds
Reached and still waiting for his response through email.

Candidate: Adama F. Marenah
I am still waiting on the candidate’s response.

Kayla M. Harris
Still no response.

SGA Elections: Executive Board

Reported by Chris Jones, Andre Kirkland, Devon Murray and Doneshia Webster

Let’s get ready to rumble!!! As the gloves came out and the opponents entered into the ring, Round One came with a knockout. SGA Treasurer Candidate Gabrielle Gray presented the Gift of GAB to all fellow Aggies. The Gift of G.A.B. stands for Grinding for success, Achieving financial literacy, and Building towards our future. Gabrielle demanded respect by being confident, having poise, and gaining trust through words of promise.

On the other hand, current Treasurer Jasmine Graham asked the crowd if they were fully aware of all the financial changes that are taking place that may affect them and if not, would they like to be aware.  Her lack of readiness caused her to stumble throughout her speech; therefore, it caused her presentation to be boring.

During the intermission, current Secretary Kayla Baker assured the audience that although she is running unopposed for this position, the university is in good hands. Also, the Attorney General candidates informed us that their job is to work closely with the SGA President. When it came down to who would be the best for the position, none of the three candidates stood out. Meanwhile, unopposed candidate Brandon Sells is running for Vice President of Internal Affairs.  Brandon expressed that he will give his whole self while fulfilling the duties of this position. Furthermore, out of the three candidates running for Vice President of External Affairs, only two expressed to the crowd why they were the best for the position.  Candidate James Brown and current VPEA Melanie Jones went into great details of their platforms by giving examples of their social and business experiences, while candidate Cora Taft stayed above the rim.

Final round!!! As the train came into the station, candidate Dorian Troy Davis promised that during his administration, no Aggie will be left behind.  Next candidate Jawari Boyd brought emotion to the room when he talked about his lifestyle change that gave him the confidence to run for such a prestigious position.  Lastly, Saeed Jones took a humble approach by explaining his hardships through college, but also how he became motivated to stay in the race.

Though all candidates have shown their motivation for each position, who will actually come out on top?  We have been dazzled by the Gift of GAB, we have been promised that we are in good hands, we have been asked to board the train of prosperity and lastly we have been assured that by personal experience these are the best candidates running. Let the battle begin!