On Thursday, March 4th, at 7:00 pm in the Campus Union Ballroom, Taea Jackson, a Chemistry major with a Biochemistry concentration, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was crowned the 94th Miss Alcorn State University (ASU) 2020-2021. The theme of the event was entitled “Enchanted Night”.
The Coronation began with the Posting of the Colors from the ASU Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Color Guards. Following that, the National Anthem was played. Next, the Welcome was done by the Director of Student Engagement, Devina Hogan, followed by Jordan Hart, the Senior Class President, doing the Invocation. Ayanna Samuels-Francis, 1st Vice President of the Student Government Association, took the stand next to introduce the Mistress of Ceremony, Ta’Preikah Sutton.
Sutton, a Sophomore Mass Communications major, introduced the Procession of Regality. They were Miss Freshman, Rayven Jones, a Biology Pre-Nursing major from Jackson, Mississippi, Miss Sophomore, Wendalyn Towner, a Biology Pre-Professional major from Canton, Mississippi, Miss Junior, Ashley Erves, a Biochemistry major from Vicksburg, Mississippi and Miss Senior, Charone Cozart, a Health Physics major from Denver, Colorado.
The crowning of Jackson was done by the President of Alcorn State University, Dr. Felecia M. Nave. Once officially crowned, Miss ASU gave a heart warming speech to the audience.
Jackson stated, “I felt like the entire year was just done and I asked Mrs. Hogan, why me? Why my year, why is this happening while I am here? And she said, ‘I don’t know, but there is a reason why you are put in the position that you are in. God put you in this position, in this year, for a reason and you need to ask him.”
After Jackson’s speech, she took to the floor for her Royal Promenade and a dance with her father, Todd Jackson. Following the dance, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated sang a song dedicated to Jackson. The closing remarks were done by the Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, Dr. Tracy M. Cook. His remarks were then followed by the Alma Mater to close out the night.