The stars aligned for LaTerrian Wiley and Issac Bivins Jr. last Saturday in Hawkins.
Wiley and Bivins were crowned Mr. and Miss Jarvis Christian College in a ceremony inside the Earl W. Rand Gymnasium themed “For One Night Only The Stars Align.”
Wiley, 21, of Longview, is a senior chemistry major who is minoring in biology. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Jarvis’ Student Government Association and the National Institute of Health’s Welch Program.
Wiley also served as Miss Sophomore Class and Miss Junior Class. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also said she had been influenced by her mother, her family, her church family and the example of former First Lady Michelle Obama.
“This is a great honor, not just for me but for all of those who had a hand in helping mold who I am. I am so grateful,” Wiley said.
Bivins, 22, is a senior social work major from Dallas. He plans to pursue a masters in social work at Jackson State University. He has been involved in a number of campus organizations, including the Jarvis band, the Student Government Association, the Social Work Association, the Pre-Alumni Association and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel,” Bivins said.
He cited his mother’s and grandmother’s influence as key factors in his success thus far. He also said he was thankful for his Jarvis classmates, his church family and several Jarvis faculty, administrators and staff.
President Lester C. Newman, who with his wife crowned the honorees, also issued a challenge.
“I am confident that your platforms for the upcoming year will be exciting and truly representative of your commitment to Jarvis and the student body,” Newman said. “As you both receive these coveted crowns, please remember that you are ambassadors of this great institution of higher learning and that you must represent the college with dignity and grace.