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Nia-Muhammad and Hyland to be crowned Mr. and Miss Voorhees College 2013-14

September 16, 2013


  Voorhees College will officially crown Mr. and  Miss Voorhees College 2013-2014 during the institution’s annual coronation on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center. The theme for this year’s coronation is “History in the Making: Bringing the World to Voorhees.”

Faakhira J. Nia-Muhammad, Miss Voorhees College 2013-2014-elect, is the 21-year old daughter of Abidan and Barakah Muhammad of Rochester, N.Y. Faakhira is a senior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in biology.

After graduating, Nia- Muhammad plans to attend graduate school pursuing studies of political science and international affairs.

Since her freshmen year, she has used her leadership and personable skills to attract and connect with fellow students.  By joining various organizations such as the NAACP and having numerous leadership roles and opportunities such as sophomore class queen, freshmen orientation leader and student ambassador, Nia-Muhammad has exemplified and  still maintains a high grade point average and was recognized as a presidential scholar. Additionally, she has participated in athletics as a member of the 2010 softball team.  

During the course of her junior year, Nia-Muhammad continued to represent her institution not only as a peer tutor but also as an educational intern in the emergency management program. She has obtained a Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) certificate and is qualified by the state of South Carolina to assist her campus and community in cases of emergencies and or natural disasters.

Nia-Muhammad’s motto in life is, “Don’t let anyone change the direction of your dreams. Be confident and make the life you’ve imagined for yourself a reality.”

Anthony Isaiah Hyland, Mr. Voorhees College 2013-2014-elect, is the 21-year-old son of Christopher Florance and was raised by his grandmother Gladys Littles. Hyland, a native from Philadelphia, Pa., is a senior majoring in mass communication.

Growing up, one or two options were available to him in his neighborhood; the one he chose was to obtain an education.  Hyland’s grandmother, who he attributes his thrust for knowledge, pushed him and his five brothers to excel academically.

During his matriculation here at the college, Hyland has worked hard to maintain high academic standards and personal development. He immediately took office his freshman year as class president, and he also became vice president of the local NAACP chapter during his sophomore year. He is involved in numerous organizations, clubs and activities.

Since his junior year, he has served as president of the Eta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, which has given him access to a variety of audiences to display his talent of writing and reciting poems and other literary works. Through his poetry and newly founded non-profit organization, Hyland Enterprises, he strives to motivate and educate young minds into a more diverse mindset of thinking. 

His philosophy of life is “If we do not continue to give back, our youth will continue to give up.”

Coronation is free and open to the public. For additional on this event, contact Teesa Brunson, communications director, at 803-780-1194 or at tbrunson@voorhees.edu.