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Miss Cheyney University, Janelle McKelvey, Featured in Current Edition of Ebony Magazine

August 6, 2013

Ms. Cheyney 2012-2013--Janelle McKelvey--is featured in the September issue of Ebony Magazine--already on newsstands

Ms. Cheyney 2012-2013--Janelle McKelvey--is featured in the September issue of Ebony Magazine--already on newsstands

Janelle McKelvey is making history in Ebony Magazine.  She's featured in the September edition, which hits newsstands today. This is the first year that Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's queen has been one of the top 10 HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) queens to be featured in the monthly publication.

"I am honored and ecstatic to be featured in Ebony Magazine Campus Queens edition," McKelvey said. "Ebony magazine has been in existence since 1945--catering to the African American community. What is special about the magazine is it represents African Americans in all different shades, sizes, and professional backgrounds. It’s inspiring to see African Americans represented in a positive light. I remember as a little girl dreaming about being a campus queen. Now it has become my reality.  It is my hope that I can inspire some young girls to follow their dreams and know that the sky is the limit."

Student Activities Director Sharon Thorn, who organizes the Mr. and Miss Cheyney University Pageant, is proud of the 23-year-old's accomplishment.  "I am elated for Janelle McKelvey, her family and Cheyney University," Thorn remarked. "This is big and exciting news for Cheyney. It is a great payoff for her hard work."

A Philadelphia native,  McKelvey followed in her parents' (James and Rochelle) footsteps by attending their Alma Mater.  She was crowned CU's 40th Miss Cheyney during the historic school's 175th anniversary.  While serving as Miss Cheyney, McKelvey held a Walk and Run as part of her Health Awareness Platform and managed to raise $700 for breast cancer awareness.

McKelvey, a Keystone Honors Academy scholar, science major, resident advisor, peer mentor, and volleyball player, graduated from CU in May.  Her top priority now is getting into medical school so that she can fulfill her dream of becoming a pediatrician.