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December 10, 2002

Pelham resident crowned Miss Southern Diversity at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College junior Sonya Thomas of Pelham will represent student opinions on issues of multiculturalism after recently accepting the crown for Miss Southern Diversity at an inaugural coronation ceremony on campus.

Thomas, a business administration major and Spanish minor, was selected by three judges and popular vote by members of the college's multicultural organizations following eveningwear and interview competitions.

“Sonya will serve as the most prominent advocate for diversity issues among our students,” said Dr. Rushton Johnson, director of multicultural affairs and interim director of residence life at Birmingham-Southern. “In addition, she will be responsible for implementing a program to educate the campus on a multicultural issue of her choosing.”

Thomas also will participate in outreach programs to neighboring secondary schools to teach students the importance of community and respecting differences in people, as well as assist BSC's Office of Multicultural Affairs. In February, she will serve on a planning committee for Birmingham's annual Diversity Symposium.

Her student activities include Resident Advisor, vice president of the Black Student Union, and Honor Council. She is the daughter of Eddie and Ella Thomas.

Alternate's to the crown were Stephanie Houston, a junior political science major from Woodland and the daughter of Ms. Alisea Houston, first attendant; Kandace Hamilton, a freshman history major from Bay Minette and the daughter of Dunston and Albertnetta Hamilton, second attendant; Markeitta Nora, a sophomore economics major from Demopolis and the daughter of Ms. Justine Nora, third attendant; and Toni Newborn, a senior political science major from Ensley Park and the daughter of Charles and Debra Newborn, fourth attendant

The 2003-04 Miss Southern Diversity will be selected in the spring and crowned next October.


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