“Achieving Great Goals in Everything, Producing Renowned individuals dedicated to excellence,” declared Jamal Averett, Mr. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. “This is what we call Aggie Pride.”

It is no surprise for students at A&T to represent and/or compete on behalf of their institution, especially the King and Queen. Averett traveled to Lincoln University of Missouri in Jefferson City for the 12 th annual Mr. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Kings’ Leadership Conference and Competition recently. After vigorously practicing and preparing for months on end, Averett competed against nine other HBCU Kings for the Mister HBCU title .

“I prepared for the pageant by writing an oratory and coming up with a talent,” Averett said. “I wrote my oratory on the relevance of HBCUs in today’s society and I started practicing back in early December.”

At the pageant, the Kings were judged in four categories: oratory, talent, ease of manner and projection, and presentation and image.

“I think the biggest challenge was just staying committed to everything, overcoming obstacles, believing in myself, and believing anything is possible,” Averett said. “I was really confident and wellprepared for everything. Proving everyone wrong who doubted me, overcoming everything that was placed in my way and achieving every dream possible is really what kept me motivated to keep going.”

Although Averett did not place, he was extremely grateful to be a part of such an unforgettable experience. Averett said that learning to persevere, believe in himself and be dedicated is what he took away from the competition.

“My overall experience was great, nothing short of amazing,” Averett said. “Although I did not place, I learned the true value of brotherhood and had the chance to connect with other HBCU Kings. I learned to always put my best foot forward and to stay true to myself at all times. I encourage other young men to always give 100 percent and believe and trust God.” !