The 2014-2015 Miss Southern University Shanice Sam and her court will reign over homecoming activities titled “Colossal: A Centennial Celebration on The Bluff.”

Sam, a 21-year-old senior biology major from Maurice, will be officially coronated as the 84th Miss Southern University at her “The Queen of Hearts, The Crowning of the Centennial Miss Southern University” ceremony at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The homecoming activities celebrate 2014 as Southern’s 100th year on the Baton Rouge campus.

Sam is a graduate of North Vermillion High School, where she was a member of the North Vermillion Dreams Dance Team and the track and field and volleyball teams.

Besides taking on the roll of Miss Southern, Sam is also a member of the Association for Women Students, Beta Kappa Chi South Region vice president, the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Sam said she plans to work with the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation because she has the sickle cell trait. One of her parents also carries the trait. “It is important to me that I give back to those who have sickle cell,” she said.

The honor student said she plans to get a degree in physical therapy after she completes her biology degree in 2015.

The members of Southern’s court are:

  • Miss Senior: Diamond Moses, 21, of Covington, a chemistry and pre-med major. She is a graduate of St. Scholastica Academy.
  • Miss Junior: Mar’Lesha Hollins, 19, of Jackson, a biology and pre-med major. She is a graduate of East Feliciana High School.
  • Miss Sophomore: Kadasjah McMillon, 20, of Winnsboro, a social work major. She is a graduate of Franklin Parish High School.
  • Miss Freshman: La’Deja’ Graves, 18, of Bogalusa, a biology major. She is a graduate of Bogalusa High School.

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