Thibodeaux and Tribble Crowned Miss and Mister SC State University 2017-18

Thursday, November 2, 2017


ORANGEBURG, S.C. – On Thursday, Oct. 19, Daijah Thibodeaux, a senior biology major from Savannah, Georgia, was crowned the 80th Miss South Carolina State University during her Coronation ceremony, which was held at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Joshua Tribble, a senior broadcast major from Columbia, South Carolina, was crowned the 4th Mister South Carolina State University. The theme for this year’s ceremony was “A Legacy Remembered.”


Charles Patton Possessing a strong foundation of faith, Thibodeaux believes that her time at SC State has been ordained by God, and she is grateful to be a part of the university’s rich legacy.


She said, “Serving as Miss SC State gives me the opportunity to carry out my God-given passion for encouraging and helping others. It is important for the university to uphold this tradition because it allows the powerful legacy of SC State to be showcased in various arenas.”


Thibodeaux is a dedicated member of SC State’s Honors College, Student Orientation Leader program and Religious Life program. She has also completed multiple internships, including one with the South Carolina Cancer Health Equity Consortium, which is an initiative that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research on prominent health disparities.


After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in sports medicine.


She is the daughter of Sebrina Caldwell and Daniel Thibodeaux.


Tribble has energetically served the campus community during his undergraduate career, as a member of the Honors College, Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Student Government Association, Student Media, Pre-Alumni Council and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.


Charles Patton He is thankful for his mentors, as they have helped him grow as an individual, and is honored to have the opportunity to help others.


Tribble said, “With this platform, I have the chance to positively influence the current and next generation of students. Just as my predecessors have influenced and helped me fulfill my potential, I must maintain that sentiment.”


He also enjoys serving the Orangeburg community through several outreach projects. Tribble has volunteered at the Greater Faith Baptist Church soup kitchen, Safe Kids Super Saturday, Howard Middle School and Brookdale Elementary School. He also created a tutoring program entitled, “20/20 Vision”, which teaches children how to be comfortable in front of the camera and helps enhance their communication skills.


Tribble was named Achiever Scholar throughout his tenure at SC State and has also been a Life Scholar since 2015.


Upon graduation, Tribble will be commissioned into the U. S. Army as a military police officer, and plans to remain in the Army until retirement.


He is the son of Brighetta Tribble.


Coronation night also served as an induction ceremony for Student Government Association leaders and student Campus Activities Board officers. The students were officially installed by Dr. Tamara Jeffries-Jackson, vice president of Student Affairs, with the assistance of Davion Petty, advisor to Miss and Mister SC State and Royal Court. Franklin Pressley, Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board advisor, also assisted with the installation.


The Student Government Association leaders are as follows:


• President, Deandre Hurley, a physical education and activities management major from Abbeville, South Carolina
• Vice President, Najee Watkins, a speech pathology major from Macon, Georgia
• Business Manager, Emmanuel James, a business management and economics major from Lagos, Nigeria
• Corresponding Secretary, Nawal Bryant, a business management major from Spartanburg, South Carolina
• Recording Secretary, Deja Wilson, a criminal justice major from Patterson, New Jersey • Senator at Large, Julie Sainyo, a biology and pre-medical major from Columbia, South Carolina


The Campus Activities Board officers are as follows:


• President, Rondera Lindler Jr., a business administration major from Newberry, South Carolina
• Vice President, Zaire Mcphearson, a digital media and art major from Charlotte, North Carolina
• Business Manager, Daasha Woodruff, a chemistry major from Greenville, South Carolina • Secretary, Noah Kinsey, an industrial engineering major from Green Pond, South Carolina


For more information about Coronation, please contact Davion Petty, at (803) 516-4599 or dpetty@scsu.edu. Contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at (803) 536-4826.