Campus Leaders Ready to Soar to New Heights

Posted June 22, 2022, 6:02PM

2022-23 Student Government Association Members and Royal Court Announced

After two years of virtual spring elections and campaigning, the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) student body returned to normalcy, as dozens of dedicated students vied for positions in-person on NCCU’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Royal Court. The newly selected student-leaders for the upcoming academic year are poised to highlight their leadership and uphold the motto of "Truth and Service." 

For the 2022-23 academic year, the SGA executive board will include Manuhe Abebe as president and Cameron Emery as vice president. Armani Graves will serve as Miss NCCU and Hanson Russell (Josiah Russell) will serve as Mister NCCU.

Manuhe Abebe, from Apex, N.C., is majoring in mass communications with a concentration in public relations. Abebe is a first-generation college student who believes that hard work and education are the means to having a better life. 

Along with his upcoming appointment, he is a member of the NCCU student chapter of the NAACP, Aspiring Eagles Academy, Men's Achievement Center, and University Honors Program. 

Cameron Emery, a Champaign, Ill., native, is majoring in middle-grades education. Emery is a Men's Achievement Center member, Marathon Teaching Institution participant, an Eagle Ambassador, and a residential life advisor.

A well-known advocate on campus, Emery believes that his NCCU experiences have molded him into a strong leader, and his infectious spirit and heartfelt family morals and values will be integral as a trailblazer in his role.

Armani Graves, an elementary education major from Burlington, N.C., was named the 80th Miss North Carolina Central University. As a dedicated and active member of the Eagle community, Graves encourages her fellow members of the Nest to take pride in the campus community and the city of Durham. 

Graves is a member of Sisters of the MAC, the National Residence Honorary, residential life, and the Queen in You.

Hanson Russell, or Josiah Russell as he is formally known, is a native of Statesville, N.C., was named the 23rd Mister North Carolina Central University. A mass communication major with a concentration in public relations, Russell is a man of God first and the servant of the people second with strong family values.

Russell is a member of the Men's Achievement Center member and Worship and Praise Inspirational Mass Choir, and a residential life advisor.

During the 2022 Dreamville Festival, Russell was invited on stage by Atlantic Records recording artist, Kehlani, where he showcased his voice to the world.

Additional student leaders for the upcoming academic year are as follows: 

Student Government Association

  • Chloe Bullard, senior class president
  • Jaelyn Blanc, senior class senator
  • Tamia Brown, senior class senator
  • Naasir Small, junior class president
  • Tyler Cox, junior class vice president
  • Devin Freeman, sophomore class president
  • Kennedy Clark, sophomore class vice president

Royal Court

  • Chelsea M. Jackson, Miss Senior
  • Jelani Wendt, Mister Senior
  • Gabriella Ross, Miss Junior
  • Gabriel Bason, Mister Junior
  • Karleigh N'Diaye, Miss Sophomore
  • Justus Pool, Mister Sophomore

Additional SGA and Royal Court members will be selected during the Fall 2022 semester.

For more information regarding the Student Government Association or Royal Court, please contact Jamaal Searcy at 919-530-6219 or

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