Year in School: Senior
Major/Minor: Pure Mathematics/ Mathematics Education
Expected Graduation: 2018
While at Jackson State, Comelia has served her campus and class in several capacities. Her first step towards creating a Jacksonian legacy started with acceptance in the Summer Bridge Program. During the summer of 2014, Comelia served as the Math Tutor for College Algebra and Trigonometry. She received an accolade for being Valedictorian of her College Algebra course. During her freshman year, she served as a researcher for Progress in Integrating Technology in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics at HBCU's Scholar under her research mentor, Dr. Roosevelt Gentry. The purpose was to support JSU to offer training workshops and follow-on activities to develop mathematics faculty expertise in the use of Mathematica as a teaching, learning and research tool in the mathematical sciences and to promote yearlong technology and undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences. During her sophomore year, she served as a researcher for EXTREEMS-QED Scholar (Expeditions in Training, Research and Education for Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Exploration of Data) under her research mentor, Dr. Carmen Wright. The purpose was to design efficient pedagogical pathways to utilizing big data to educate the next generation of mathematics and statistics undergraduates to confront new challenges in computational and data-enabled science and engineering. She also is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, the Lambda Beta Chapter, where she exemplified Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood.
Comelia aspires to become a secondary mathematics educator and later a superintendent. As an educator, she will specialize in educating students about mathematics and drive the students to passing expected statewide assessments. She plans to attend Belhaven University to obtain her Masters of Arts and Teaching and Mississippi College to obtain her Doctorate in educational Leadership. Comelia's ultimate goal is become a superintendent. She plans to be of service to the community, education field, and students on a higher capacity. She especially wants to pursue this role to allow the parents and students to have access to a caring person and a listening ear.
What is your most memorable contribution as a Campus Queen?:
My most memorable contribution as a campus queen is my life story. Through my trials and tribulations, my peers and community see that I am truly blessed and my crown is well deserving. My flaws have shaped me to build and mold individuals. It inspired me to create a mentorship title "Finally First" to show individuals that no matter what hardships one faces in life you have the power to overcome them and remain your first priority.
Jessica Lillian Dedeaux