JANS – Moved to motivate others, Tuandria Smith stepped out of her comfort zone — and into a crown.Often, when students compete to be the campus queen, they get at least a little nervous. But Tuandria Smith kept her cool throughout the process. “I was going to run for Student Government Association president,” says the senior biochemistry major from Jackson, Mississippi. “I was an active member of my high school Student Council for four years, so running for SGA president would have been a breeze.”Instead, Tuandria challenged herself to do something she had never done before: compete in a pageant. “Call me crazy, but I wanted to step outside my comfort zone. I also realized that being Miss Alcorn would allow me to do a lot of the same work as the SGA president, with the bonus of a crown,” she laughs. Tuandria’s aspiration to serve as a humanitarian and motivate others is a trait admired by many of her fellow classmates who think she’s very brave. “After getting through the run-off election and winning the pageant, I was ready to serve the student body,” shares Tuandria.Tuandria was crowned Miss Alcorn State University in a lavish coronation ceremony on Thursday, October 7, 2010, in the Davey L. Whitney Complex on campus. The event took place during homecoming week, along with numerous opportunities to celebrate Alcorn’s legacy and share memories, great food, good laughs, and all things purple and gold.“Alcorn was the first and last college I visited. I fell in love with the beauty of the campus and the family-oriented community. As Miss Alcorn State University, I will represent you and this great institution to the best of my ability wherever I go,” promises a tearful Tuandria. “Miss Alcorn’s legacy is deeply rooted in the foundation of excellence, leadership, and service. I will always appreciate the trust and faith you have in me. You encourage me to motivate others to pursue excellence,” she says.