Livingstone Team Wins First Place in Honors Program Competition
Published on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 12:00 am
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Five Livingstone College students traveled to Baltimore to attend the 31st Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP) at Morgan State University.
With faculty advisor Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish, freshmen Rodney Courtney of Charlotte, Mia Mason of Salisbury and Serenity Lunarmon of Newport News, Virginia, to compete in the Model African Union as representatives sophomore Janya Lunarmon – Serenity’s sister Joined together They tied for first place with Prairie View A&M University for Cape Verde.
The model is one of several competitions featured at the African Union conference. Other competitions included Community Service, HCASC Quiz Bowl, Research Papers/STEM Poster Presentation, The Great Debate, and the Oratorical Contest, which featured freshman Livingstone student LC Fuller from Richmond, California. as the category winner for Best Content.
NAAHP (pronounced n-triple a-hp) as an organization that produces servant-leaders and was also the winner of the Livingstone Community Service Competition, which highlighted its programming in voter awareness and engagement.
Music major Mia Mason said, “Although I am 17 years old and unable to vote, I am happy to be a part of something bigger than myself, and I am excited that my college emphasizes civic engagement and duty. Ready to cast my vote in all upcoming elections.
Another music major, Caion Courtney, said, “Voting is fundamental to our democracy. In our programming, we wanted to support our overall modules of political action and social responsibility, cultural and social awareness, and individual and organizational leadership.” All of these were addressed in our voting initiatives, and I am proud to say that Livingstone is the No. 1 voted HBCU in North Carolina.
William Mondale Robinson, a former NAAHP conference attendee and current mayor of Enfield, sponsored students and faculty to independently travel and explore the conference that not only energizes attendees but probes skill-sets , equips students with survival tools and empowers young men and women. To grow, serve and lead.
Robinson said, “I’m excited to give back to my alma mater in a way that directly benefits students, and charges them to forge ahead in uncharted territory that will challenge them, mold them, and inspire them as much as possible.” They can create much more than they ever knew.”
The theme of this year’s conference was “Homecoming: The Resilience of HBCU Excellence in a Global Pandemic.”
Participants included Fisk University, Southern University and A&M College, Spelman College, Virginia State University, and Tennessee State University. The event was held at the Baltimore Regency Inner Harbor from November 9–12. Livingstone College is an institutional member.