Thursday, April 14, 2011
A’Deana Jones entered the stage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium with the regal nature of any renowned queen. Her stately appearance was even more solidified during the evening wear portion of the Miss SC State University pageant competition when she walked in front of thousands wearing an all-white gown. And if that wasn’t enough, she mystified the audience with an eloquent routine that combined lyrical pointe dance, along with an uncanny platform that simply included the letters-D.A.N.C.E.
Jones, a junior English education major from Spartanburg, S.C., used this talent and poise to obtain the crown and be named the 2011 to 2012 Miss SC State University. “I was shocked. I was surprised. I was crying. I felt great,” says Jones. A dancer since the age of three, Jones is happy to finally send her message to the masses. The letters, D.A.N.C.E simply mean developing and nurturing the community through excellence. “Dance is a big part of my life, so I was like, ‘too bad my platform can’t be dance,’” says Jones, but after one session of creative thinking, Jones came up with what the words would mean and her mom loved it.
D.A.N.C.E is not the only creative idea that Jones has developed before becoming Miss SC State in August. Holding a forum before the pageant, Jones engaged SC State students on issues such as self esteem. “I held a girl talk forum in Sojourner Truth Hall. We talked and the girls were very personal with me,” notes Jones. “I think that is something we should do more often with girls and guys. We can even take this a step further by developing these forums in the community and with the high schools.”
Innovation is only one aspect that propelled Jones into the spotlight. The first Miss Honors College is also heavily involved in various campus organizations. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Champagne Dance Team, Girl Scouts of America and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Jones is also involved with Project S.M.A.R.T., Adopt-a-Highway, Children’s Miracle Network, the Soup Kitchen and the Haven. She is a tutor for after school programs, a dance instructor and a motivational speaker. Jones attends SC State on a general scholarship and the South Carolina Life Scholarship and was a recipient of the Presidential Pin for outstanding academic excellence in
2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
As she prepares to D.A.N.C.E. her way through a successful term, replacing the outgoing Miss SC State, Ashley Graham, Jones is ready to embrace the challenge. “It’s an honor,” says Jones. “I feel that I can embody all of the principles and the characteristics that Miss SC State should have to represent the University and the community. I’m excited and I can’t wait to start my reign.”