Savannah State University crowned its 2019-2020 Mister and Miss Savannah State University during Homecoming week at a New Orleans Mardi Gras theme called “Mardi Gras by the Marsh”.
All evening festivities were narrated courtesy of Shawn “J Chris” Christopher, marketing and promotions director for Cumulus Media-Savannah and currently manages the affairs of six of Savannah’s radio stations. He also owns The Christopher Entertainment Agency which focuses on acting as a full-time artist, booking, and event production company out of which functions the SIX19 Music record label. His one-year old daughter Skylar Joi accompanied him down the center aisle to the podium, much to the delight of all in attendance.
The Obsidian Dance Repertory gave a stellar performance directed by Toni Johnson, assistant professor of dance at Savannah State which payed homage to the African-American influence found deep within the roots of all Mardi Gras celebrations down in New Orleans. Dancers passed a black umbrella back and forth, moving to the music that kicked off the rest of the evening’s festivities.
Before the presentation of Mister and Miss Savannah State University 2018-2019 Cedric Trussel, Jr. and Aliyah Davis, several former Mister and Miss Savannah State University members were presented, including Miss Savannah State University 2017-2018 Antonia Green, JMC graduate of Savannah State.
The Royal Court was also presented including all Greek Queens, Residence Life kings & queens, and the on-campus clubs and organizations kings & queens.
With great gusto and dance, the new Mister & Miss SSU were presented to their royal court and those in attendance as they rolled into the arena pulled by two well-suited gentlemen. As the celebration settled, the two royals ascended to the stage and were crowned by interim President Kimberly Ballard-Washington.
Antwan M. Yarbrough is an Atlanta-born senior business accounting major at SSU. He’s been a member of several on-campus organizations, including the Collegiate 100 Black Men of Savannah State University, Freshman Academy 2020, and others. Yarbrough has plans to attend Morehouse College to continue his education after graduation.
Aaliyah E. Buckholts is a Riverdale native senior mathematics major with a focus on secondary education at SSU. She currently acts as SSU’s White House HBCU scholar, the vice president of SSU’s chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators, and holds many other positions in both on and off-campus organizations. After graduation, Buckholts intends to return to her hometown and while obtaining her graduate and doctorate degree, work to establish a world-class learning institution for local young scholars.