cheer for God has overcome the world.”
“This is truly an honor for me. The crowning of Miss Lawson State enhances and broadens
the opportunity to be a role model and an ambassador for the college which I anticipate on
doing with pose, class and integrity,” said Watkins. “I plan to uphold the standards of the
previous Miss Lawson States by volunteering my time, my talents and my teamwork through
participation and involvement. I want young girls who come after me to know that anything
can be accomplished with a modest and humble spirit. I sincerely look forward to the
experiences and everlasting joy that will come from representing the college and being an
outstanding and influential role model.”
Selected as first attendant to Ms. Lawson State was Adreonna Summerville, a pre-dentistry
major with a 3.4 grade point average. She is Vice President of the Sophomore Class
and a member of Phi Beta Lambda. Summerville plans to further her education at the
University of Alabama at Birmingham, pursuing a degree in dentistry. She is a 2015
graduate of Akron Community School, Hale County, Alabama.
Second attendant to Ms. Lawson State was Erika Kristen Baskerville, a criminal justice major
with a 3.56 grade point average. She serves as Vice President of the Honors College, a
Big Sister/Mentor associated with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is a student Mentor for the
Peer Mentor Program at Lawson State. Baskerville, a graduate of Center Point High in Birmingham, plans to further her education at a four year institution in Alabama.
Rounding out the field of six in competition this year for Ms. Lawson State were:
Adrienne L. Gadsden, a 3.72 GPA computer science major, who plans after graduation to
attend Alabama A&M University; Aleecia Jones, a business administration major with
a 3.53 GPA, who plans to attend the University of Alabama after graduation; and Ebony Jones,
a music major with a 3.16 GPA, who plans to further her education at Tennessee State University
as a biology major.
“I want to congratulate all of them (our contestants) for having the courage, the stamina, the
desire to participate in an event like this,” said Dr. Perry W. Ward, President of Lawson State.
“I am so proud of each and every one of you, and remember, each of you is a winner tonight.”
As winner of the coveted Ms. Lawson State title, Watkins claims a presidential scholarship,
gift certificates and items from the Lawson State bookstore. She also received gifts from the
nearly 50 departmental representatives who were a part of the evening’s renaissance.
Miss Watkins, assumed the crown from Ms. Lawson State 2015, Alyssa Janay Miller,
now a nursing student at Jacksonville State University.
President Ward led Ms. Watkins in the customary first dance reserved for the queen, and
then was interrupted by Dr. Bruce Crawford, vice president for Instructional Services, who was
later interrupted by Norris Watkins, father of the new Ms. Lawson State. They danced to the
memorable and classic tune of ‘Summertime.’