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Student Government Cabinet officially assumes positions during annual inauguration

Newly elected Student Government Association (SGA) leaders at Alcorn State University officially began their leadership positions for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Members of the SGA were sworn in during the annual Student Government Inauguration Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility Gold Room. Members of the cabinet are Patrick Mason, SGA president, Jordan Hart, senior class president, Charone Cozart, Miss Senior, Jaquerius Howard, junior class president, Ashley Erves, Miss Junior, Danyel Weir, sophomore class president, Wendalyn Towner, Miss Sophomore, Ja’Dorra Bailey, freshman class president, and Rayven Jones, Miss Freshman. Also included are Ayana Samuels-Francis, 1st vice president, Janajah Ford, 2nd vice president, Jalen Herringon, business manager, and Emmanuel Ufio, executive secretary.

The event was special for Mason. The Indianapolis, Indiana native, looks forward to being one of the leading voices for his peers.

“I’m very excited to be officially sworn in as SGA president,” said Mason. “I look forward to helping the student body voice their concerns. I am also eager to plan safe virtual and social distancing events for my peers to enjoy our Alcorn experience during the current times responsibly. I can’t wait to get to work.”

In his speech, Mason thanked fellow Alcornites for their votes and support, his advisors for their guidance, and his mother's continued encouragement. He credited his mother for instilling his drive and will to succeed.

“I want to thank my mother because she showed me what it means to be strong. She’s given me the motivation to keep pushing by striving to give me the best in my life. While campaigning for SGA president, she said no matter the outcome, I did my best and that she would be proud of me. That’s all I could ask for.”

Alcorn State University President Felecia M. Nave applauded the student leaders for taking on leadership roles and contributing to the University's success.

“Congratulations on running a competitive campaign and being willing to take on a leadership role here at Alcorn State University,” said Nave. “You are a significant component for making things run efficiently in the student body. Thank you for your willingness to serve as leaders and ambassadors for this great University.”