Janelle McKelvey crowned Miss Cheyney

William T. Walker Jr., left, and Janelle McKelvey are greeted as 2012-13 Mr. and Miss Cheyney University.—SUBMITTED PHOTO

William T. Walker Jr. named first Mr. Cheyney


Cheyney University has crowned Janelle McKelvey as its 2012–13 Miss Cheyney University and William T. Walker Jr. as the school’s first Mr. Cheyney University.

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McKelvey is a General Science major and Keystone scholar, with an extensive Cheyney heritage. Her parents James and Rochelle McKelvey are Cheyney alumni. Walker is a Communications Major with a focus on broadcasting.

“Creating A New Legacy To Treasure” was the theme of the Inaugural Mr. and Miss Cheyney University Pageant.

The event was hosted recently by the Office of Student Activities and the Student Government Cooperative Association in the Marian Anderson Music Center.

Pageant host and hostess, Aaron Yancey and Arisa Abdur-Rahman, led the audience through the evening. The night included a blue carpet promenade of 2011–12 Miss Cheyney Skakeemah Simmons, viewing of the 2012 contestants and announcements.

Female contestants included: Ciera Brown; Shakia Marie’ Canty; Tresa Marie Gray; Alexa Kirsey; Sha’Tique Martin; Janelle McKelvey; and Sibongele Murray.

Mr. Cheyney entries included: Antoine Pendleton; Tyrik Thorn; and William T. Walker Jr.

The talent component brought poetry readings, a piano solo, a dance routine monologues and songs.

Evening highlights included Cheyney President Michelle Howard-Vital’s compliments and her reflection on Simmons’ reign.

“Shakeemah was the best Cheyney representative ever — she has done everything you can imagine with such grace,” she said. “And tonight has been first-rate — it will be hard to top this next year.”

Show organizer, Sharon Thorn, reflected on the inaugural event.

“In a place with 175 years of history I’m a little skeptical of saying first,” she said. “But I can say the three Mr. Cheyney contestants are now a part of Cheyney history as a first on our campus. Next spring, this year’s Mr. Cheyney will head to the Mr. HBCU Pageant to represent Cheyney University.”

Simmons gave the audience parting words, “Thank you all,” she said. “This has been the best year of my life. Imagine. When I come back, I’ll be an alumni.”

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