Shaking Hands with the King and Queen of Bowie State University
By April C. Thornton
Homecoming week brought celebration and excitement for the student body at Bowie State. The students are still recuperating from the many functions that they attended. There were two familiar faces that we all recognize here on campus that was present in many of the events: the King and Queen of Bowie State University Jermaine Rawlings and Shanel Gaither.
Rawlings is currently a senior, majoring in banking and finance. Although he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., an Air Force ROTC cadet, member of Delta Mu Delta business honor society and a senior sales consultant, he still has time to be a excellent representative of the Bowie State Man. "A great campus king must also motivate and set a positive example, others students should aspire to be in your position and should look up to you," Rawlings said, when asked what is your meaning of a great king?
When asked to describe the road of becoming Mr. BSU, he simply replied, "it started my freshman year, with me being around and having a presence on campus, it is essential that I found many bonds with my fellow students, and overall just having a positive attitude."
Rawlings' final words of encouragement to the Bowie State student body are: "We are living in a day in age that is forever changing and history is being made day by day. As of right now we are on the midst of having a black man as president of the United States, and with us being a HBCU it is our responsibility to support Senator Barack Obama one hundred percent."
Miss Bowie State Shanel Gaither said, "A queen should be honest, have pride within her university, and be a positive role model for others. I feel really honored to be homecoming queen, it doesn't feel real at times but I do have a big responsibility to represent the university, I am glad and privileged to be Miss Bowie State University!"
While maintaining the position and fulfilling her obligations as queen, Gaither has a full plate as a senior majoring in psychology, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., planning several events here on campus, being a positive role model for other young women and representing Bowie State University.
Gaither has a few words to the Bowie State family: "Thank you to all who believed in me. I will think of each and every person as I represent you all, you will not be disappointed."