Thursday, September 29, 2011
Each year during Homecoming, a queen is selected to represent the football team during a week of fun-filled activities. This year, Whitney E. Wiley, a senior early childhood education major, was recently elected Miss Homecoming 2011. A native of Columbia, S.C., Wiley is the daughter of Sheryl Dunning and Roger L. Wiley; both parents are alumni of SC State University. Roger served as a former SC State University wide receiver, a former teammate of head football coach Buddy Pough and a member of SC State University’s 1976 National Black College Football Championship team.
Wiley is thrilled about this year’s Homecoming week of activities and is ready to represent the Bulldogs with dignity and poise. “I am excited to represent not only the Bulldogs’ football team, but the entire Department of Athletics. Becoming Miss Homecoming 2011 is an honor. I am excited about all of the homecoming activities planned and I cannot wait,” says Wiley.
Prior to attending SC State University, Wiley graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. With a love for the game of basketball since a young child, Wiley served as a viable member of the Lady Vikings varsity basketball team for five years. While playing for the Lady Vikings of Spring Valley High School, she received many honors, to include: Lady Vikings Most Valuable Player (MVP), All Conference player, All-State player and South Carolina All-Star Game participant.
Wiley began her collegiate basketball career in 2007 at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C. before transferring to SC State University in 2009. In January 2010, Wiley served as a member of the Lady Bulldogs under head basketball coach Doug Robertson. As a Lady Bulldogs basketball player, she received SC State University’s 2009-2010 Newcomer of the Year Award, as well as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) 2009-2010 All-Tournament team recognition. During the 2010-2011academic year, Wiley received the MEAC’s Pre-Season First Team All-Conference recognition. She later joined the MEAC’s second All-Conference team and became SC State University’s 2010-2011 Co-MVP for the Lady Bulldogs.
While Wiley has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her athletic career, she is most proud of being recognized as a MEAC All-Academic team member for two consecutive years. While playing for an athletic team was good, her parents also instilled in her the importance of maintaining high academic achievements and making a difference. Striving to make a commitment to her community, Wiley became a member of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in 2010 and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Upon graduation, she plans on furthering her education by seeking a master’s degree in secondary counseling. Passionate about assisting others, she hopes to one day become a collegiate coach or athletics director at a Historical Black College and University (HBCU), similar to her mentor, Charlene Johnson, who serves as the athletics director for SC State University. Wiley’s motto is, “to set your goals as true to your heart’s desire as possible and then be determined, resilient, honest and humble as you relentlessly pursue them.”
Wiley has two younger siblings, Kelly and Victoria Wiley. William Ramon Whitehurst, a senior math education major from Charleston, S.C., will serve as Wiley’s escort.