University of Maryland Eastern Shore The 125th Anniversary
125th Anniversary
"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of UMES" 1886-2011




Campus Queens

One of the more endearing – and enduring – traditions at Historically Black Colleges and Universities is the annual selection of a campus queen.

Brittany Harris, Miss UMES 2011Like many of its peer institutions, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has embraced this extracurricular activity with vigor dating back to the Great Depression, according to campus lore.

Miss UMES and her Imperial Court “have played a significant role, in public, as student representatives,” an official handbook for the annual UMES pageant says. “Each young lady is expected to be a person of high moral conduct and a student with a great deal of school pride and spirit.”

"In the beginning, Miss UMES’ role was defined primarily as a homecoming queen," the handbook says. Her role "has changed to include that of more professional duties. Her role now includes public speaking as a University spokesperson, student role model and new student recruiter. It is necessary that she be well versed and extremely comfortable in the public eye."

The names of some of the early campus queens are not known. But beginning with the administration of John Taylor Williams, their names and photos have been meticulously maintained in records by the Office of Campus Life.

A second-floor room in the Student Services Center is designated the “Queens’ Gallery,” and is dedicated to long-time campus photographer Thomas H. Wiles. Formal portraits he took of queens beginning with Amelia Merchant in 1948 through 1988 are on display.

YEAR

Campus Queen

TITLE(S)

1948-49

 Amelia Merchant

Miss Maryland State

1949-50

 Kathleen Taylor Talbert

Miss Maryland State

1950-51

 Mary Smithers Gladden

Miss Maryland State

1951-52

 Yvonne Jones

Miss Maryland State

1952-53

 Constance Eldean Hill

Miss Maryland State

1953-54

 Marjorie Frazier Townsel

Miss Maryland State

1954-55

 Colinthia Burton Gosa

Miss Maryland State

1955-56

 Shirley Adams Smith

Miss Maryland State

1956-57

 Martha McGee

Miss Maryland State

1957-58

 Delores Harley

Miss Maryland State

1958-59

 Emma Smith

Miss Maryland State

1959-60

 Andrades Alexander

Miss Maryland State

1960-61

 Lois Kelley

Miss Maryland State

1961-62

 Ivy Jean Carter

Miss Maryland State

1962-63

 Carolyn Thompson

Miss Maryland State

1963-64

 Louida Fletcher

Miss Maryland State

1964-65

 Theresa Cheeks

Miss Maryland State

1965-66

 Vashti Saunders-Peagler

Miss Maryland State

1966-67

 Zuella Gayle-Ennis

Miss Maryland State

1967-68

 Brenda Barnes-Matthews

Miss Maryland State

1968-69

 Jacqueline Matthews-Forchion

Miss Maryland State

1969-70

 Diane Hampton Lane

Miss Maryland State

1970-71

 Wanda Stewart Holmes

Miss UMES

1971-72

 Delores Cook

Miss UMES

1972-73

 Hattie Jones Penn

Miss UMES

1973-74

 Carolyn Anderson Hooker

Miss UMES

1974-75

 Chantell Haskins-Grandy

Miss UMES

1975-76

 Garcia Edgerton-Williams

Miss UMES

1976-77

 Gloria Maye-Burgess

Miss UMES

1977-78

 Carol Perkins-Drummond

Miss UMES

1978-79

 Donna Walton

Miss UMES

1979-80

 Sharon Elliott-Chester

Miss UMES

1980-81

 Catherine Hall

Miss UMES

1981-82

 Vickie Hairston

Miss UMES

1982-83

 Greta Elliott

Miss UMES

1983-84

 Sandra Smith-Whitaker

Miss UMES

1984-85

 Portia Dennis

Miss UMES

1985-86

 Veronica Briscoe

Miss UMES

1986-87

 Freda Harris

Miss UMES

1987-88

 Monica Thomas-Hill

Miss UMES

1988-89

 Collette Johnson

Miss UMES

1989

 Reneé Goodison 

Miss UMES

1990

 Theresa Jones

Miss UMES

1991

 Jacqueline Mims-Levy

Miss UMES

1992

 Rhonda Terry-Robinson

Miss UMES

1993

 Tyra Harding-Smoot

Miss UMES

1994

 Thomasina McCoy-Boardley

Miss UMES

1995

 Malika Singleton

Miss UMES

1996

 Kristi Henderson

Miss UMES

1997

 Margo Thomas-Gross

Miss UMES

1998

 Michelle Jefferson

Miss UMES

1999

 Shawnetta Barnett-Jackson

Miss UMES

2000

 J'Naudia Hunter-Phillips

Miss UMES

2001

 January Washington

Miss UMES

2002

 Krystin Richardson

Miss UMES

2003

 Sabrina Richardson

Miss UMES

2004

 Lisa Wilkes

Miss UMES

2005

 Shalani Vanterpool

Miss UMES

2006

 Ashley Johnson

Miss UMES

2007

 Tyshuna Bolton

Miss UMES

2008

 Danielle Bell

Miss UMES

2009

 Candace Thomas

Miss UMES

2010

 Rashida Beckford

Miss UMES

2011  Brittany Harris

Miss UMES

 


"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore" 1886-2011