Xavier student leaders hail from Jackson

By Earnest McBride

JA Contributing Editor

Xavier University officials gave special attention to four sophomore students from the greater Jackson area last week for their participation in student government activities on the New Orleans campus.Sophomore class advisor and counselor Cedric Keys reported on March 17 the important roles that the four students currently play in student affairs at the historically black college, which is also a private, Catholic school. Keys is also a native of Jackson.Robin Reddix, class vice president; Ashley Trussell, sophomore class congressperson; Christine Tchounwoa, a participant in the Campus Red Cross and the Xavier U. Leading Others Via Excellence (XULOVE) program; and Bradley Patterson reigns as Mr. Sophomore and is a member of the XU Peer Dean Association and an affiliate of the XULOVE program; are all officers elected by their fellow students to represent the sophomore class at university functions, to plan and organize activities for their class, and voice student concerns to the campus administration. Reddix is a biology major from Madison and a graduate of Madison Central High School. She is the daughter of Dr. Michael and Sandra Reddix. Her other campus activities include membership in the symphonic band and election as Miss Freshman in 2010.Trussell graduated from Murrah and is majoring in chemistry/pre-med. Her mother, Janice Moreland Trussell, lives in Jackson and her father, Cheyenne Trussell, lives in Hattiesburg. She is a peer dean and serves on the MLK Day of Service Planning Committee and is a member of the American Chemical Society and Gamma Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.Tchounwoa is a graduate of Madison Central. She is a peer dean and a general chemistry drill instructor. She is the daughter of Paul and Martha Tchounwoa.Patterson, a biology/pre-med major, is also a graduate of Madison Central, and is the son of Michael and Tanya Smith Patterson. In addition to his other activities, he is a member of Men on the Move and the Spring Fest Publicity Committee.