King of kings: Hyland makes history for Voorhees College

February 26, 2014

Mr. Voorhees College, Anthony Hyland, made history by winning the 10th Annual Mr. HBCU: Kings Leadership Conference and Competition, held early February at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

Additionally, this was the first time Voorhees was represented in the pageant throughout the pageant’s 10-year history.

Hyland, a native of Philadelphia majoring in mass communications, competed against kings from 14 HBCUs including Howard University, North Carolina A&T University, Tuskegee University, Fisk University and Bethune-Cookman University.

In addition to winning the competition, Hyland was awarded the Mr. HBCU proclamation from Missouri state senator, Mike Kehoe, and also a $1,500 scholarship.

“We are very proud of Mr. Hyland’s achievements,” said President Sellers. “This is not just a victory for Mr. Hyland, this is a victory for the entire Voorhees College family.”

On returning to Voorhees, Hyland was embraced by Voorhees faculty, staff and students for his performance and also making history at Voorhees.

When asked about his victory, Hyland responded with simply six words, “If you believe, you can achieve.”

Since his junior year, Hyland has served as president of the Eta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. He also founded a non-profit organization, Hyland Enterprises. Through this non-profit organization, he strives to motivate and educate young minds into a more diverse mindset of thinking.  

His philosophy of life is, “If we don't continue to give back, our youth will continue to give up.”

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