Mister and Miss A&T - Engagement
A lot of students at North Carolina A&T State University find themselves with a lot of down time between classes and activities. Miss A&T, Ambriya Neal, and Mister A&T, Anthony Fitzhugh, are not a part of that group. In fact, down time is virtually nonexistent and neither of them would have it any other way.
“It’s truly an honor because I always dreamed of being in this position,” Fitzhugh said. “I still can’t believe it. I prayed for it and I dreamed about it and I’m here.”
Fitzhugh, 22, is a native of Ahoskie, N.C., while Neal, 22, hails from Fayetteville, N.C. Both took different routes to their reign. He was a shy student who had to work to find his voice and she was a transfer student from a rival Triad university.
“I was a psychology major and a member of the cheerleading squad but I changed my major to communications and transferred to A&T for better hands-on opportunities,” she said.
As Miss and Mister A&T, the pair serve as a voting members of the executive board of the Student Government Association and as university ambassadors representing the student body at official functions. They speak at a variety of campus functions and develop community service based programming and activities to be enjoyed by the student body and expected to exemplify a high degree of integrity and esteem.
Both were elected to represent their fellow students and are making efforts to extend their election platforms to leave a lasting impact on this campus.
During her election campaign, Neal’s platform was about leadership, education and service while Fitzhugh’s was all about bringing and maintaining health and wellness on campus.
“I started a program called Little Active Aggies before I got elected. It began as a sports program and branched off to dance martial arts and step,” Fitzhugh said. “I wanted to teach kids to live a healthy and active lifestyle and when I got elected to get students involved.”
Neal is using her position to push self-esteem and sex education to women on campus.
“It’s about loving and respecting yourself and being who you are,” she said.
Both Neal and Fitzhugh are seizing this opportunity to get as many of their fellow students involved with the campus community because they feel it is their responsibility to steward the resources made available to them.
“We have programs to let students know that you don’t need a title to make an impact,” Fitzhugh said. “We encourage them to join different organizations, to be active and not only do community service because it’s required but because you want to make the world a better place.”
In addition to the programming, Fitzhugh and Neal want to leave a legacy of openness and interaction from their positions. They hope future Miss and Mister A&Ts will continue to be approachable and open to hearing the students’ concerns and engaging with them in casual environments.
“I want to leave a positive impact on the students and I hope my being in this position gives a voice to people who feel like they don’t have one,” Fitzhugh said.