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Cheyney University Crowns New Royalty at Annual Pageant

April 24, 2017

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has new royalty on its historic campus. Mister and Miss Cheyney 2017-18 were selected at the annual pageant April 23. Trinis Robinson, a sophomore Communication major, and junior Nina-Simone Beaver, a Business Administration major and Keystone Honors Academy Scholar, will serve as ambassadors for the university.

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has new royalty on its historic campus. Mister and Miss Cheyney 2017-18 were selected at the annual pageant last night in Marian Anderson Music Center Auditorium. Hosted by Student Affairs and the Student Government Association, the event attracted family, friends, students, faculty, staff, and former Mister and Miss Cheyney's.

Mister and Miss Blue and White, Isaiah Dixon and Cara Fantini, served as emcees under the theme "It's a Celebration". The pageant included a talent portion, question and answer session, and evening attire segment. Diva Dollz & Co performed with the contestants at the beginning of the pageant and, later, alone. Cheyney student Jesiah Nixon sang a beautiful solo accapella. 

When all of the votes were tallied by a group of judges, Trinis Robinson, a sophomore transfer student from Delaware County Community College was selected as Mister Cheyney and junior Nina-Simone Beaver from Jersey City, NJ won the title of Miss Cheyney. 

Qualyn Meade won Mister Blue and White, while Erica-Lyn Russell won the title of Miss Blue and White. Wesley Thorn, son of Student Activities Director Sharon Thorn, will serve as Mister Legend. Keiasha Lumpkins was selected Miss Legend. Courtney Stewart won the title Miss Congeniality.

Beaver, salutatorian of her high school class, currently holds a 3.89 GPA. The junior Business Administration major is a Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) Scholar, long distance runner on the Cheyney Women's Track & Field team, and holds leadership positions in the KHA Honors Council and Rotaract Club, and serves as a mentor on campus. Smiling with pride after being announced the winner, she said community service would be her platform.

"I hope to inspire Cheyney students to help others," she said. "My goal is to be a role model and mentor and encourage students here to reach out beyond themselves and be a blessing to someone else."

Robinson, a sophomore Communications major from Chester, PA, plays defense for the Cheyney Football team and works at a restaurant near campus. The mime performer in the music ministry at Bethany Baptist Church in Chester did a praise dance in the talent competition.

"I was shocked that I won, especially since it's my first year since transferring here. It was an exciting moment and I'm happy that I made my mom and my whole family proud," he said afterwards.

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