Tougaloo Queen, Vershaune Stamps
Vershaune Stamps was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, to Valorie and Andrew Stamps. She is the youngest of four children. She discovered at a young age that she had a passion for music. In support of her dreams, her parents agreed to allow her to audition for the Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) in the 3rd grade. She attended APAC until her 10th grade year, which she spent at Murrah High School. From there, she auditioned, attended, and graduated from the Mississippi School for the Arts in Brookhaven, Mississippi. There, she grew tremendously as a classical singer and she won the 1st place award for both the Classical and Musical Theatre categories of the state National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in 2013.
Upon her high school graduation, she was accepted into the American Music and Dance Academy in New York City and Berkeley School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, but chose to attend the historic Tougaloo College and major in Vocal Performance. In the fall of 2014, she found that it was her desire to become a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Through the sorority, she has found that serving a purpose greater than she is (her community) is more fulfilling than focusing on herself. Her love of Tougaloo grew such that she decided to run for Miss Tougaloo in April of 2016. She takes tremendous pride in the fact that she has earned her crown as the 78th Miss Tougaloo College. After graduating from Tougaloo College in May of 2017, Vershaune hopes to attend graduate school at Julliard School of Music in New York City. She wants to pursue a career as a principal singer at the MET or as a traveling opera singer around the world. She quotes her daily motto as, “Do not allow others’ doubts to discourage you. Allow those doubts to push you forward and prove them wrong.”
Tougaloo King, Spencer D. Davis
Spencer Denzell Davis is the eldest child and only son of Sandra K. Young and Booker T. Davis. A senior English major, he began his journey at Tougaloo College in 2013 after graduating from Greenville-Weston High School in his hometown of Greenville, Mississippi. Since entering the gates of Tougaloo, he has served in several leadership and service capacities including: the Student Government Association, as the 2013-2014 Freshman Class President and the 2015-2016 Executive Board Vice President.
In 2014, he was named Mister United Negro College Fund of the Tougaloo College Pre-Alumni Council, through which he was active in the education of Jackson-area high school students on the importance of education and scholarships. His love for language and literature earned him the Top 2 ranking in his department in 2014, and the honor of being inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society and Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities. Spencer’s strong belief in education, particularly at Historically Black Colleges & Universities, also earned him the exclusive privilege of being named a 2015 All-Star under President Barack Obama’s White House Initiative on the innovation and sustainability of HBCUs.
During his tenure as Mister Tougaloo College, Spencer plans to “S.O.A.R.” by promoting Service, Outreach, Activism, and Recreation on campus and abroad. After graduating from Tougaloo, Spencer plans to attend law school and become an advocate for educational reform in Mississippi. He ascribes his life’s work and gains to both his familial support and to his Heavenly Father. He lives by Psalms 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”