History making king and queen will officially be crowned

September 13, 2011

Dayvon Goddard and Britney Smith will be crowned Mr. and Miss Voorhees College 2011-2012 on Friday, September 23 in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center at 7 p.m. The theme for the coronation is "An Elegant Affair: Embracing the Past, Celebrating the Future." The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Goddard is the first-ever Mr. Voorhees College in the history of the institution. He is 20-year-old native of Brooklyn, N.Y. majoring in accounting and minoring in business administration.   

Goddard, who is a first-generation college student, is excited about representing the institution.   "It is an honor to represent the institution that has molded me into the individual I am," Goddard said. "I plan to set the bar high for the next person to serve in this role with persistency, determination, scholarship and by graduating from Voorhees College."

Goddard's platform will be based on mentoring the freshmen of Voorhees College by giving various tips on the college experience and how to successfully matriculate through college.   

Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in all of his major courses, Goddard is also involved in various organizations on campus including the Eta Iota Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he serves as vice president, White Rose Social Club, Students in Free Enterprise and Student Support Services Program.   

Smith is the first-ever queen to hail from the historic town of Talbotton, Ga., which is the hometown of Voorhees College's founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Menafee.   

Smith, who is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, said she is proud to be given the chance to represent her institution.   "I am ecstatic and blessed to uphold the title as Miss Voorhees College," said Smith, who is 20 years old.  "I am humbled to be given this opportunity to represent the school that has given me the knowledge and tools I need in order to succeed in life." After graduating from Voorhees, Smith hopes to enroll in medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina.   

Smith's platform is to increase the knowledge of AIDS in the black community.  She plans to increase more awareness about this phenomenon on the campus.   Among being a Presidential Scholar, Smith has various academic honors including being a member of the Honors College and named Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Smith has been involved in activities and organizations since enrolling at Voorhees College. Some of her memberships include the Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Culture Club, Ernest Everett Just Science Club, Rotaract Club and Honors College. She also is a member of the Voorhees College Cheerleading Squad.