WSSU Cheerleader Mignon Turner Named Miss CIAA

Feb. 28, 2004

Raleigh, NC - The accolades keep on coming for Winston-Salem State University senior Mignon Turner. Not only does she represent Winston-Salem State University as Miss WSSU, but on Saturday morning at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC she was crowned the first-ever Miss CIAA.

Turner, a native of Burlington, NC is no stranger to the spotlight. Set to graduate in May of 2004, she is capping a sterling college career in which she is active in not only academic and extra-curricular activities, but is deeply committed to giving back to her local community in Winston-Salem, NC.

A double major in Spanish and Mass Communications, Turner was one of 12 finalists from around CIAA colleges and universities that were picked as candidates to be awarded the honor of being named Miss CIAA.

The selection consisted of a two part process. The first part was a general vote from amongst the 12 CIAA member institutions and general public. The second was a board of review that examined the candidate's college transcript, professional resume, references, and personal statement as well as a brief writing sample that focused on how their involvement at a CIAA school has affected their lives.

From the pool of candidates, Turner was selected as Miss CIAA and crowned at a ceremony Saturday morning.

In addition to being a double major at Winston-Salem State University, Turner is a Varsity Cheerleader, a member of the WSSU Student Government Association, a WSSU Campus Pal, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. and serves as a Spanish translator at several local elementary schools in the greater Winston-Salem area.

After being selected as Miss CIAA, Ms. Turner had the following comment: "I'm just very proud and honored to be able to represent not only Winston-Salem State University, but all of the 12 institutions from around the CIAA."

For additional information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Turner, contact her advisor, Ms. Lamonica Sloan via telephone at (336) 750-3245.