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SUNO to Crown Miss SUNO 2016-2017

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Oct. 18, 2016 – Germika Marie Stewart, a graduating senior, will be crowned as Miss Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the SUNO Gymnasium.

Currently majoring in Social Work, Stewart plans to enroll in the Social Work Master’s Program at SUNO after she graduates. A native of New Orleans, Stewart is the daughter of Gregory Rhodes and Samantha Stewart. She also is a member of City Of Love Full Gospel Baptist Church, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Student Support Services, Cheer Phi Cheer and Students of Social Work. She served as Miss Freshman 2012-2013, Miss Cheerleader 2013-2014 and SUNO Cheerleading Team Captain 2014-2015.

Miss SUNO’s escort is Louis W. Blackmon III, president of the SUNO Student Government Association.

The other members of the 2016-2017 SUNO Royal Court are:
• Miss Senior Lillie Christina Johnson is a Psychology major from New Orleans. She is the daughter of Ronnie Johnson and Roxanne Russ. Her career goal is to become a licensed counselor, a mentor and a social worker. She currently is a member of the SUNO Royal Jewels Dance Team, the Psychology Club and Student Support Services. She also served as Miss Royal Jewel 2015-2016. Her escort is Senior Class President Jarred Matthew Jupiter, a Public Administration major from New Orleans.

• Miss Junior Erinique Mia Little is an Early Childhood Education major from New Orleans. She is the daughter of Edgar Little Sr. and Julie Mathis Little. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, she plans to earn a master’s degree in Psychology and a doctorate in Education with the ultimate goal of opening a 24-hour daycare center. She is a member of the New Orleans Dance Society and Baby Doll Ladies, and a former member of the SUNO Royal Jewels Dance Team. She also teaches dance at Pilgram Progress Missionary Baptist Church. Her escort is SGA Vice President Dominique Carter, a senior English major from New Orleans.

• Miss Sophomore Nykia Ashea’ McCray is a Criminal Justice major, with a minor in Psychology, from St. Rose, La. Her parents are Kemora and Charles Green Sr. Her career goal is to become a police detective, and to attend law school to become a defense attorney. She is a peer mentor, pen pal and a member of Student Support Services. Her escort is Sophomore Senator Jacy Haynes, a Forensic Science and Biology major from Eugene, Ore.

• Miss Freshman Kamaryn Hunt is a Forensic Science major from Virginia Beach, Va. She is the daughter of Lajill Hunt and the late Keith Price. Her career goal is to become a coroner or forensic photographer. She enjoys photography, reading and volunteering. Her escort is Freshman Senator Arthur Jackson V, a Criminal Justice major from New Orleans.

SUNO will observe Homecoming Week Oct. 24-28. The week kicks off with Alumni Day Speaker Clayton P. Schnyder at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 in the University Center. Schnyder, an attorney, graduated from SUNO in 1991.

The week will culminate with the SUNO Foundation’s annual BASH at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. This year, the BASH will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the university’s Sept. 4, 1956 founding.

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SUNO Athletics accomplished a national championship “three-peat” in the 1970’s. As an NCAA Division III program, the SUNO Knights Outdoor Track & Field team won National Championships in 1975, 1976 and 1977. The Lady Knights won the NAIA National Championships in both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field in 1995 and 1997. Those seven national titles gives SUNO the second most in the state of Louisiana.