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Howard’s next student leaders revealed after weeks of campaigning

Results of Howard University undergraduate and graduate student elections.

Current HUSA vice president, junior Jay Jones, gasps after hearing her name announced as the next HUSA president. (JD Jean-Jacques/The Hilltop).

Hundreds of students gathered in front of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hall steps last Friday to listen for the names of their next student leaders. HUSA Executive-, Royal Court- and Senator-elects were among those announced by the Elections Commission.

Jay Jones, a junior political science major from Fort Worth, Texas, and HUSA’s current vice president will be HUSA’s 64th president. Tariah Hyland, a junior political science major from Wilmington, Delaware, will serve as vice president. 

She said that being elected HUSA president and the first transgender president was “humbling” and “miraculous.”

“I don’t have any words for it,” Jones said in an interview following the announcement. “It’s been a long road, regardless of the campaign and everything that’s been going on. It’s been family problems. It’s been personal issues, it’s just good to have some good come out about this.”

Jones served as the 2022-2023 Mister College of Arts and Sciences (COAS), has been a student employee in the Office of University Communications since August 2022 and was chief of staff in the COAS Freshman Council, according to her LinkedIn.

“I’ve served the students as a VP and I’ll continue to serve students as a president,” she said.

The March 29 election results announcement marked the end of two weeks of student campaigning on campus and a voting day on March 28. The full results of the elections are outlined at the bottom of this article.

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Junior advertising major Damaris Grace Moore will be the 86th Miss Howard University. She said that from the time she was in middle school, she had dreamt of attending Howard, but never foresaw being elected into one of the most notable roles in the Royal Court.

“I never saw myself as a pageant girl. I didn’t think I could do this, but I’m here and it’s just very full circle,” Moore said.

Junior Damaris Moore (blue suit) smiles and walks toward the Douglass Hall steps after hearing her name announced as the next Miss Howard University. (JD Jean-Jacques/The Hilltop)

Moore added that one of her biggest challenges during her campaign was “fighting that self-doubt,” as she saw comments from people on Fizz’s social media app that said she wasn’t qualified to be Miss Howard University. 

“No matter what, you don’t have to take a traditional route. You don’t have to fit into the mold of what you think something is,” Moore said. “You can be who you are and still succeed, and I just want to inspire people to understand that.”

“I feel blessed, man,” Gregory Allen Jr., the next Mr. Howard University, said. “This was an incredible journey that I never saw for myself the moment I stepped foot on this campus. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I took that risk.”

Allen, a junior supply chain management major from San Francisco, said that it took a village to win the Mr. Howard University position. He said that his pledge brothers, his brothers and his friends were critical support factors, but indicated his mother as the most important.

“My mama. My mama. Mama, I love you. I couldn’t have done it without her, man,” he said. “That’s my rock.”

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“None of this was for show,” Allen continued. “The real work begins.”

Junior Gregory Allen Jr. points towards the sky as he walks towards the Douglass Hall steps to receive his “Mister Howard University” sash. (JD Jean-Jacques/The Hilltop)

Elections Commission commissioner senior Kelsey Rainey announced the names of all the winners and said that she believes that the work she and her team put into the election season “all paid off.” 

“I congratulate everybody who won,” she said. “Everybody won fair and square and so really excited for everybody to be able to serve in these positions that they rightfully won.”

Robert Clark Jr. is Howard’s Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, and for the past four years has volunteered to be the auditor over the student election results. 

In an emailed statement to The Hilltop, Clark said that Mr. and Miss Howard’s results are determined by five differently weighted categories: the interview, 20 percent, a candidate portfolio, 13 percent, the pageant, 11 percent, student pageant coordinator score, 5 percent, and student voting, 51 percent. 

He said that five judges scored Mr. and Miss Howard’s candidates on introduction, oratory, talent Q&A and formal wear elements. The judges can be past Mr. and Misses, and community members. The averages of their scores are used for the overall calculation. The HUSA president is not interviewed. 

“The painstakingly detailed work and late nights auditing the election results are all worth it when I witness the joy, excitement and pride when the winners are announced on the Yard,” Clark said. “Kudos to all the participants and congratulations to all the winners!”

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The 2023-2024 Mr. and Miss Howard University, seniors Mahlon West and Armaní Washington, stand behind the incoming Mr. and Miss Howard University, juniors Gregory Allen and Damaris Moore. (Sariah Adams/The Hilltop)

HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENT ELECTION RESULTS:

HUSA EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

HUSA Executive President: Jay Jones

HUSA Executive Vice President: Tariah Hyland

MISTER AND MISS HOWARD UNIVERSITY 

Miss Howard University: Damaris Grace Moore

Mr. Howard University: Gregory Allen Jr. 

UNDERGRADUATE ELECTION RESULTS:

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SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (SOB)

Mr. SOB: Ahmad Edwards

Miss SOB : Kristen Plunkett

SOB Executive Council:

Council Secretary: Tyla Woods

Council Treasurer: Soad Eltahir

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Council Vice President: Run-off election to be held April 5

Council President: Chidera Dimkpa

SOB HUSA Senate:

Saskia Ivery

Seynabou Diop

Chloe Skinner

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Jasmyn Love

SOB Undergraduate Student Assembly:

Marquis Donegan

Ashley Foston

Ose Esene

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS (SOC):

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Miss SOC: Jada White

Mr. SOC: Danilo D. Wrightsell

SOC COUNCIL:

Council President: Brianna Artis

Council Vice President: Makayla Batts 

Council Treasurer: DuWayne Portis

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Council Secretary: Lauryn Hash 

SOC HUSA Senate:

Salimah Scott

Kevin White

SOC Undergraduate Student Assembly:

MJ Patterson

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Amadi Weser

Kayla Austin

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (CEA):

Miss CEA: Ifetayo Spencer 

Mr. CEA: Mikey Johnson Jr.

CEA Executive Council: 

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Council President: Jacob Bryant

Council Vice President: Morayo Adeyemi

Council Treasurer: Kandance Battle

Council Secretary: Quari Robinson 

CEA HUSA Senate:

Sarah Cole

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Ava Conyer

Brady Souma

CEA Undergraduate Student Assembly:

Sydney Stokes

Khalese Mosley

Haithem Amir 

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COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH (CNAHS):

Miss CNAHS: Asjah Snead

Mister CNAHS: Kevon Williams

CNAHS Executive Council:

Council President: Blessing Lockwood

Council Vice President: Hamid Jalloh

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Council Treasurer: Nandi Myhand

Council Secretary: Erin Chapman

CNAHS HUSA Senate:

Evan Favors

Laila Lawson

Samuella Adu Boahen

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CNAHS Undergraduate Student Assembly:

David Luchdor

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (SOE):

Miss SOE: Parisia Hutchinson

Mr. SOE: Marcus Fields 

SOE Executive Council:

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Council President: Anastacia Samuels

Council Vice President: Jada Carter 

Council Treasurer: Tia L. Ford

Council Secretary: Gillian Parris

SOE HUSA SENATE:

Position unfilled

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SOE Undergraduate Student Assembly:

Mikayla Duncan

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS (COFA):

Miss COFA: Nia Potter

Mr. COFA: Uchenna Ukonu

COFA Executive Council:

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Council President: Skylar Wilson

Council Vice President: Alphonso Evans Jr. 

Council Treasurer: Ty’Ree Davis

Council Secretary: Jabrielle K. Shalem 

COFA HUSA SENATE:

Efeoghene Rhonor

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Morgan Tate 

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES (COAS):

Miss COAS: Eden Boles 

Mr. COAS: Jordan Williams 

COAS Executive Council:

Council President: Bria Nartey

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Council Vice President: Daunté Evans

Council Treasurer: Victoria Matthews

Council Secretary: Blaire Jones

COAS HUSA Senate:

Jeremy Allman

Leah Peterson

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Justyce Reed

Loren Spivery 

Devon Selmon

Trey Bennett 

Alex Blocker 

Marlee Williams 

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Zion Eldridge

COAS Undergraduate Student Assembly:

Lauren Foley

Janiya Allen

Preston Jones

GRADUATE ELECTION RESULTS:

SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY:

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DENTISTRY HUSA SENATORS :

Nnam Akunne

Jaliyl Jones

Dentistry Executive Council:

Executive President: Cliff Enklers 

Executive Vice-President: Noah Williams

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Executive Treasurer: Henry Shelton

Executive Secretary: Keith Barnes

SCHOOL OF DIVINITY:

Divinity Executive Council: 

Council President: Kimberly Broome

Council Vice President: Kimberly Seward

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SCHOOL OF PHARMACY: 

Pharmacy HUSA Senate:

Sommore Robinson

Pharmacy GSA Representative:

Jacob Krah

Council President: Christopher Bratcher

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Council Vice President: Kwinci Britt

Council Treasurer: Position unfilled

Council Secretary: Alexandria Rodriguez

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE:

Graduate Student Association Representative:

Chelsea Faison

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Chisom Ogbuchi

Eunice Boateng

Director of Community Affairs: 

Nanda Nana

Director of Alumni Affairs:

Joy-Lloyd Montgomery 

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Director of Finance: 

Ashley Thompson

Director of Education:

Nurupa Ramkissoom

Medicine Executive Council:

Council President: Enyinnaya Kamalu 

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Council Vice President: Diamond Williams 

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK:

Social Work HUSA SENATE: 

Yao E. Odamtten

Antoinette Kirkpatrick

Social Work Graduate Student Association Representative 

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Carmen Ross

Social of Social Work Executive Council

Council President: Jaylyn Andrus

Council Vice President: Jamerson CS Watson

Council Treasurer: Adachi Selas

Council Secretary: Juwan Carlos Rosa

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SCHOOL OF LAW:

Law Graduate Student Association Representative:

Nadya Wutoh

Jackie Buie

2L STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION Representative

Karla Bonnic

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2L  Executive Council:

Council President: Savannah Mangram

Council Vice President: Kei Laribo

Council Treasurer: Jordan Dawson

Council Secretary: Ama Fosu

3L Executive Council:

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Council President: Justin Blankson-Phipps

Council Vice President: Clarisleida Mateo Lebron

Council Treasurer: 

Council Secretary: 

STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Council President: Jaden A. Cody

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Council Vice President: Chayse Williams

Council Treasurer: Leila Young

Council Secretary: Zaneika McNeil

GRADUATE COUNCIL :

Graduate Student Association Representative

Lauren L. Taylor

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Graduate Council HUSA Senate

Courtney McClain

Fiscal Coordinator: 

Lauren Currie

GRADUATE SCHOOL COUNCIL EXECUTIVE 

Council President: Oluwafemi Femi Oladosu

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Council Vice President: Antoinette L. Robinson

Council Treasurer: Position unfilled

Council Secretary: Niyah M. Lewis

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