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Black College Queens 2000.

BEAUTY comes in many forms. Some might herald the charm of physical appeal. Others may prefer the allure of intelligence and ambition. Still others might trumpet the inner splendor of sharing talents with others. This year's campus queens have a blend of all three. While excelling in academics, these young women volunteer their time as dance instructors, peer mentors, Red Cross members, gospel choir directors and hospital workers. They dream of helping their communities full-time after graduation.

Beginning in the middle of the alphabet, the 2000 list includes 90 queens from historically Black colleges and universities and a number of Black queens from predominantly White schools. Through their poise, dedication and vision for making the world greater, each young woman helps us better understand what it means to be beautiful.

Miss University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Adrianne D. Jones, and Miss Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge, Jelinda Faye Gibson, have the blend of class, commitment and community spirit that is typical of this year's Black college queen. Jones, a Kankakee, Ill., native, belongs to the National Association of Mathematics and enjoys modelling and reading. She plans to earn an MBA. Gibson, a senior electrical engineering major, teaches dance and gymnastics in her New Orleans hometown.

Miss New Jersey City University, Sherron Alisa Madison, is a senior education and sociology major.

Natalia Cales, a Charleston, S.C., native, is Miss Norfolk State University. She plans to earn an MBA.

Gabrielle J.R. Hurtt, Miss North Carolina A&T State University, is a music education major and aspiring vocalist.

Camesha Shonte McAllister is Miss North Carolina Central University. She plans to be an international lawyer.

Aukea Melitsa Joseph, a medical technology major, is Miss Oakwood College. She is a native of Antigua.

Miss Paine College is Tamekia Shantel Hawthorne, The early childhood education major enjoys dancing and bowling.

Tiffini D. Hall, a communications major, is Miss Paul Quinn College. She hopes to

Miss Philander Smith College is Tionna Latrice Hughes, a senior biology major. She belongs to the NAACP.

Shiressa M. Pittman, a computer science major, is Miss Prairie View A&M University. She is a Dean's List scholar.

Miss Savannah State University is Velva Sharmaine Jones. The accounting major hopes to one day become an IRS auditor.

Florence Wilson, a criminal justice major, is Miss Southern University at New Orleans. She is an aspiring judge.

Rhonda Renee Richardson, a Tuskegee, Ala., native, is Miss Stillman College. She is an English major and volunteer.

Cindricka La Jane Arrington, Miss Rust College, is a computer science major from Greenville, Miss. She enjoys exercising.

Phelethia Shontae Buckhanon, Miss Selma University, is an Eclectic, Ala., native and an aspiring basketball coach.

Samaria My-kel Randle, a cheerleader and student government member, is Miss Southern University at Shreveport.

Miss Talladega College, LaShajla Shante Lewis, is a history/pre-law major. She enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Charisse Shaunae Pinkett, a Springfield, Mass., native, is Miss Saint Augustine's College and a political science major.

Dorothy Veronica McDowell, an English education major, is Miss Shaw University. She enjoys traveling and tennis.

Avanelle Razzandelle Duncan, Miss Southwestern Christian College, is a pre-nursing/biology major from Mesquite, Texas.

Miss Tennessee State University is Michelle K. Robinson, a senior political science major. She hopes to earn a doctorate.

Miss Saint Paul's College, Monte Gayles, is a criminal justice major from Richmond, Va. She plans to attend law school.

Nakeshia N. Williams is Miss South Carolina State University. She is a senior English education major from Augusta, Ga.

Darienne Driver is Miss Spelman College. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native mentors children and enjoys modern dance.

Adele LaShawn Phillips, Miss Texas College, is a biology major from Plano, Texas. She plans a career in sports medicine.

Peace A. Igbokwe, a native of Nigeria, is Miss Texas Southern University. She will graduate with a doctorate in pharmacy.

Shawnetta M. Barnett, a senior environmental science major, is Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Miss Voorhees College is Tywana LaTosha Chenault, a criminal justice club member. She aspires to be a law professor.

Miss Winston-Salem State University, a nursing major, is Anjeleigh Lonnette Robinson. She enjoys writing.

Miss Tougoloo College is Danelle Renee McClellan, a Gulfport, Miss., native. She plans to practice corporate law.

Miss University of the Virgin islands, Lisa Leslie, is a senior biology major from St. Thomas. She enjoys modeling.

Fatmata Koroma, a native of Sierra Leone, West Africa, is Miss West Virginia State College. She is a biology major.

Nia E. Johnson, a biology major, is Miss Xavier University of Louisiana. She enjoys volunteer work, ballet and singing.

Natalie Diana Knight, a plant and soil science major, is Miss Tuskegee University. She is a member of the concert band.

Shanika D. Gregory, Miss Virginia State University, is a biology major from Wilmington, Del. She enjoys writing.

Marnisha Holmes, Miss Wilberforce University, is an education/literature major from Cleveland and a peer tutor.

RaKendra L. Evans is Miss Alabama A&M University. She is a biology major and black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Miss University of the District of Columbia is Sheannea A. Bobbitt. She is an elementary education major and mentors local youth.

Lucinda A. Brown, an exceptional education major, is Miss Virginia Union University. She enjoys sports and reading.

Miss Wiley College, Anastesia S. Lyons, is a Eunice, La., native. Her hobbies include playing the piano and writing plays.

Azure Juaquice Joiner, a Mobile, Ala., native, is Miss Alabama State University. She hopes to return to ASU as a professor.

Miss Albany State University is Tia LaShawn Mency, a criminal justice major from Atlanta. She hopes to be a federal judge.

Sherry Sheree Bell is Miss Barber. Scotia College. She is a biology major and member of the student government.

Miss Bowie State University is Tarice Cheryel Barnes, a premed major and dean's list scholar. She enjoys singing.

Avis Tyneil Burns is Miss Claflin University. She is a mass communications/English major who enjoys public speaking.

Kenisha L. Shelton is Miss Alcorn State University. She plans to become the first female president of her alma mater.

Miss Benedict College, Persha Michelle Gregg, is a St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, native. She belongs to the volleyball team.

Kimberly G. Brown, a Cleveland native, is Miss Central State University. She is a special education major.

Miranda Avant is Miss Clark Atlanta University. The St. Louis native is an accounting major who enjoys sewing.

Miss Allen University, Shappiro Khaliela Broady, is a social science/pre-law major who aspires to be part of the FBI.

Mattea E. Hill is Miss Bennett College and a senior education major. She plans to attend graduate school.

LaShawn Sharee Freeman, Miss Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, is an elementary education major.

Miss Concordia College-Selma is AnQuanda Fa'Dina Dickerson. She is a business administration/management major.

Dorothy A. Doolittle, Miss Arkansas Baptist College, is an elementary education major. She enjoys volunteering.

Angela Lani Austin is Miss Bethune-Cookman College. The biology major plans to become a pediatric dentist.

Miss Chicago State University, Latrice C. Thomas, is a biochemistry major. She hopes to practice geriatric medicine.

Miss Delaware State University is Kisha Barnett, a native of Trinidad. She plans to pursue a career in financial services.

Monia Sherrie Nobles, Miss Dillard University, is a biology major She wants to establish a private dental practice.

Tiffani Nicole Matthews, a business administration major, is Miss Fisk University. She plans to earn an MBA.

Girleaner Anntinell-Dorean Rouse, an elementary education major, is Miss Edward Waters College.

Miss Florida A&M University is Yolanda Mayo, a Panama City, Fla., native. The graduate student enjoys playing the piano.

Michelle Estelle Lewis, Miss Elizabeth City State University, is an English/drama major from Manteo, N.C.

Nicquita A. Dean is Miss Florida Memorial College, She is an elementary education major and gospel choir member.

Gemette L. Cox, Miss Fayetteville State, is a chancellor's scholar and member of the Middle Grades Association.

Shakila TaLynn Henderson, a political science major, is Miss Fort Valley State University. She enjoys public speaking.

LaToya Dawn Bell is Miss Grambling State University. She is a therapeutic recreation major and owns a gift shop.

Masharie Powell is Miss Huston-Tillotson College. She is a double major in English and mass communications.

Tracee Lin Thompson, Miss Hampton University, is a senior psychology major from Forestville, Md.

Miss Jackson State University is Hope H. Richardson, an Indianola, Miss., native. She is student government member.

Tango Walker, a dual major in early childhood education and journalism, is Miss Harris-Stowe State College.

Courtney D. Walker, a Beaumont, Texas, native, is Miss Jarvis Christian College. She is a presidential scholar.

Miss Howard University is April T. Thomas, a junior theater arts/dance major. She is a volunteer dance instructor.

Jennifer Patrice Tate, Miss Johnson C. Smith, is a communication arts major. She aspires to be a foreign correspondent.

Angela Michelle Dennis, Miss Kentucky State University, is a child development and family relations major.

Nicole Anyse Newman is Miss LeMoyne-Owen College. She is a political science major who enjoys reading.

Miss Meharry Medical College is Frita McRae, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla. She plans to become a surgeon.

J'Nitra Charise Walker is Miss Mississippi Valley State University. She aspires to be a TV broadcaster.

Verline I. Parkes is Miss Knoxville College. The psychology major enjoys dramatic interpretation and sewing.

Danielle Brasfield is Miss Lincoln University of Missouri. She is an elementary education major and playwright.

Miss Mercer University is Trysha Bil'Lynae Stephens. The Detroit native is a music major who enjoys painting.

Miss Morehouse College is Nailah L. Flake, an economics major at Spelman College. She plans to be a banker.

Miss Lane College is LaKesha Nicole Kintop, a criminal justice major. She plans to attend law school and own a law firm.

April J. James is Miss Lincoln University of Pa. She is a dual major in French and psychology. She belongs to the choir.

Trina E. Weddington is Miss Middle Tennessee State University. She plans to become a recreational therapist.

Toi Watkins is Miss Morgan State University. She is a telecommunications/broadcast major and aspiring anchorwoman.

Miss Langston University, Andrea Yvette Huggins, is an accounting major from St. Louis. She is a member of the NAACP.

Da'Tarvia Parrish is Miss Livingstone University. She belongs to the English honor society and the NAACP.

Miss Miles College is Joie Danielle Dailey. The Birmingham, Ma., native enjoys basket-making.

Tanzala Shanklin, a sociology major, is Miss Morris College. She is a peer counselor and belongs to the Sociology Club.
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