Xavier Turner and Angela Lee named Mr. and Ms. UAB 2021 – News
The UAB scholarship competition for men and women, launched in 1981, is one of UAB’s oldest homecoming traditions.
Xavier Turner, from York, Alabama, and Angela Lee, from Dothan, Alabama, are the new Mr. and Mrs. UAB.
The Mr and Mrs UAB 2021 winners were announced on Saturday October 3rd at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The first substitutes for the competition are Michael Ho from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cassidy Nolan from Hueytown, Alabama.
The UAB Male and Female Scholarship Competition, launched in 1981, is one of UAB’s oldest homecoming traditions and is hosted by the UAB National Alumni Society. The winners will each receive a US $ 2,500 scholarship and serve as ambassadors for UAB and the Leadership Council of the Student Alumni Society for the coming year. The first alternates will each receive a grant of US $ 1,000. The 10 finalists were selected through an interview at the NAS Alumni House. The winners were selected through an additional round of interviews and a student vote during homecoming week.
The 20-year-old Turner is studying Political Science and Criminal Justice at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program at UAB Honors College. He is a Camille Armstrong Stepshow Fellow, Assistant, UAB Ambassador, and a member of the Social Justice Advocacy Council. Turner volunteers for Woke Vote, which registers students to vote and educates them about their rights and amending laws, and Cranes of Hope, which educates students about the importance of suicide prevention and mental health care resources. His parents are Carolyn Turner and Levon Grantling Sr.
Lee, 20, is a junior chemistry and math graduate in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Honors College Science and Technology Honors Program. Lee has been on the Presidential Honors List since Fall 2018 and has received multiple UAB math scholarships, including the Lars Gunnar and Debbie Jo Severin Mathematics Scholarships, Mobolaji O. Kukoyi, the PE Mathematics Scholarship, and the Fast Track Mathematics Scholarship . She is Executive Vice President of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, Communications Coordinator at Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Health Society), and VMASC tutor of math and chemistry on campus. Lee is a volunteer for the Spirit of Luke mobile clinic’s health initiative, which serves the Exceptional Foundation and M-Power Ministries in the Black Belt Alabama, Equal Access Birmingham and Into the Streets regions. Her parents are Irene Chen and Ryan Lee.
20-year-old Ho is studying French and Neuroscience at the College of Arts and Sciences and the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program at Honors College. Ho has been on the UAB President’s Roll of Honor for the past four semesters, has been the recipient of the UAB Summer Presidential Scholarship (canceled due to COVID-19), and is TrailBlazer, UAB Ambassador and Chemistry Class Assistant. Ho is a volunteer in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Birmingham VA Medical Center and Equal Access Birmingham which, in partnership with the UAB School of Medicine, provides free health care to uninsured Birmingham populations. His parents are Marie Loisy and Thomas Ho.
Nolan, 20, is a junior major in elementary education in the School of Education. Nolan is a recipient of the Academic Achievement Scholarship and the New Student Program Scholarship. She is an Orientation Guide, TrailBlazer, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, and a volunteer for Into the Streets and UAB Serve Day. Her parents are Greg and Tracey Nolan.
The finalists of the Mr and Mrs UAB competition are:
- Junior Daphne Embry, 20, from Athens, Alabama, who specializes in chemistry and criminal justice, is a UAB Emerging Leader and UAB chemistry student, president and founder of Blazing Quiz Bowl, a member of Alpha Xi Delta and College Democrats, and a volunteer for Blazer Kitchen and Boo in the zoo. Her mother is Miranda Romine.
- Senior Alan Roper, 21, of Trussville, Alabama, is on the Honors College Personalized Pathway specializing in Accounting and Sales in the Medical Industry at the Collat School of Business, is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and is available this summer 2020 on the Dean’s List. Roper is a TrailBlazer, Student Alumni Representative and a member of the Beta Alpha Psi Honors Society. He is a volunteer for Into the Streets and UAB Serve Day. His parents are Rick Roper and Bobbie Roper.
- Trussville’s 20-year-old Junior Naqi Raza is on a pre-medical route on the Personalized Pathway of Honors College with a major in Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering, is a recipient of the Ever Faithful Award and is on the list of Presidential Honors. He is an international mentor, alumni representative at UAB Cricket Club, and a volunteer student at UAB Hospital and UAB’s Habitat for Humanity Club. His parents are Dr. Syed Raza and Ruqia Qamar.
- Junior Nikki Short, 19, from Huntsville, Alabama, who majored in Public Health at the School of Public Health with Minors in Spanish and Chemistry, joined Honors College in 2018 and is on the Presidential Honors List. Short is the Executive Director of the Leadership and Service Council, a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative University Research. She takes care of the elderly at Right at Home and is a volunteer in grocery kitchens in Huntsville and Birmingham. Her parents are Thomas and Mayra Short.
- 19-year-old sophomore John Ellis Kuykendall from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who specializes in neuroscience, is attending the Honors College of Honors College, the Early Medical School Acceptance Program, and the Student Leadership Council. Kuykendall is a trailblazer at UAB Connecting Narratives, an Ambassador for Honors College and a SMART Leader, Chair and Volunteer of the University Honors Program Recruiting Committee, and a volunteer at Alabama Children’s Hospital. His parents are Calvin and Angie Kuykendall.
- Katie Young, a 21-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, is studying social work with a minor in human rights at the College of Arts and Sciences and is participating in the Global and Community Leadership Program at Honors College. She is a TrailBlazer and a member of the TrailBlazer leadership team, a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and One Bham College ministries at Church of the Highlands, and a volunteer at UAB Into the Streets 2018 and 2019 and the Kappa Delta Day of Service 2020. Her parents are Ben and Jennifer Young.