Wiley junior Erica Deshon Hall was crowned Miss United Negro College Fund for Wiley College in a ceremony Friday night in the school's Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel.
Miss Hall and her competitors Wiley junior Hollye Weekes of Jackson, Mississippi, and Andaes Williams, a rising junior from Vallejo, California, together raised over $37,000 during their campaigns, which will be used to assist UNCF in providing scholarships and support to deserving college students. Contributors to their campaigns included their own network of family, friends, and supporters, as well as Wiley alumni and friends of the College. For every dollar the students raised, UNCF will grant $3 to Wiley College.
Hall is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She is majoring in sociology at Wiley. Active in campus life, she is a member of the Wildcats Cheer team, Emerging Leaders, Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Pre-Alumni Council. She also serves as vice president of the junior class. Hall's favorite scripture is Luke 6:38: "Give and it will be given to you."
As Miss UNCF for Wiley College, Hall will continue to raise awareness about why historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) matter, the high quality education students receive at HBCUs, and the importance of community support to help students afford the cost of attending college. She will go on to compete against campus queens from other HBCUs to earn the title of Miss National UNCF. The winner will be crowned at the UNCF Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4.
In photo, Miss Hall is pictured with her escort, Mr. Efrain Duran, who is a senior at Wiley.
(Photo by Wiley freshman Andrea Evans)