Weekly Feature

2009-01-07 / Education

Fordham has two crowning moments

by DARLENE M. DONOHUE Ken-Ton Editor

TaNisha Fordham TaNisha Fordham For the past few months, TaNisha Fordham said she has smiled a little bigger, walked prouder and spoken at more events than she ever imagined, all the result of recent recognition from the university she attends and a national competition.

This past fall, the Tonawanda native was crowned Miss North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where she is a journalism and mass communication major.

"That in itself was an honor, because it is a historical position, and I have to represent the university at various public events," said Fordham.

The 20-year-old explained that she had to meet a grade point average requirement (typically above 3.0), serve in another elected position (she was class president her freshman year) and receive 50 percent plus one of a vote conducted with the student body.

"The two other girls that were also nominated are extremely bright and talented women, so it was a blessing that I had won," Fordham said. "I do my best to help on campus, and I don't see myself being like other students. I'm unique, and I think that shows."

Fordham was a campus life mentor during the summer before her sophomore year, she is an active member of the university's theater company, she also writes as a contributing editorialist and she is the host of a college radio talk show.

Fordham also adds to her resume that she was the founder of Enlightened Visions Inc., a media corporation that also jump-started a monthly publication and a weekly talk show.

"I do what I can to let people know what is going on in the area, while also addressing issues from around the country," she said.

Fordham further explained that she isn't part of a clique, nor does she conform to any fashion trends. She said she also doesn't attend parties because she's not comfortable with some of the behavior.

The former Sweet Home Middle School student and Sacred Heart Academy grad said there is a serious problem with the way young adults are portrayed, and she wants to change that.

It was with her positive attitude toward life that she decided to participate in the recent National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Queens' Competition in Atlanta, Ga.

She competed against 28 queens from other historically black colleges and universities from around the country.

By the end of the four-day competition, Fordham, a Tonawanda native, was crowned Miss NBCA Hall of Fame.

"The competition was so overwhelming, but at the end, I again felt so blessed," she said.

It is with those two crowns, her ambitious nature and the success that she has experienced at North Carolina A&T that Fordham plans to push herself further and eventually become an actress and own a media conglomerate.

"It's a lot to think about, and there is still so much that needs to be done," she said. "At this point, though, who knows. Anything is possible."

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