Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Year in School: Senior
Expected Graduation: 2018
Since my freshmen year I have partaken in many activities from fashion shows, to female ministry organizations, to National Honors Societies. Through those many opportunities I have been molded into the Campus Queen I am today, that motivates my students to try new things so that they may get to enjoy new possibilities as well. In addition to the several other organizations I am involved in, I recently joined PVAMU's Panther Advisor Leaders (an organization created to mentor incoming freshmen). I also was made an honorary member of the Purple Jackets (a female leadership organization). I am a participant in the U.S Department of Energy: Race to Zero Student Design Competition, where I generate creative architectural solutions to real- world issues in our nation. I use the knowledge learned through this competition to help drive my platform, ""Build a Better Future"" that is based around homeless awareness. I am currently doing research to create inexpensive and more efficient ways to build housing so that my University can house more students and therefore positively affect our students academic performance.
"I am passionate about Architecture, and my ultimate goal is to become a licensed Architect. I hope to create Architecture that evokes a positive change in the world. As a formerly homeless women, I understand the great affect that a structure can have on a person and it is my mission to ensure that my platform "Build a Better Future" continues to uplift the lives of families through the structures I create.
What is your most memorable contribution as a Campus Queen?:
My most memorable contribution has been the ability to tell my story of being homeless to a larger audience. Not many people are comfortable telling their stories of hardship but I have been extremely vocal about the trials I have gone through in my life. I want young girls and women on my college campus to know the things that I have gone through so that they can be motivated to succeed no matter what life confronts them with. In October, I held the 3rd annual "Little Miss 1876" program, that was created by the 83rd Miss Prairie View A&M University, Ivy Walls. The program was created to show young girls positive female leaders in their community and uplift them into becoming something greater. I was especially pleased be able to show the young girls a Queen with natural hair since the girls at such a young age have already felt the affects of not "looking the part" in school. Being able to show young ladies that they are not defined by how they look, or the things that have happened to them, has been an extremely humbling experience for me.
Jessica Lillian Dedeaux