Charles Waller, III
Mr. Royal Blue Trevion Jaleel Burks
Miss Old Gold Rodeshia TaCoral Burks
Mr. Old Gold Jaylin Coley-Melton
Mr. and Miss FVSU and the Royal Court are the official student representatives of the Wildcat spirit, legacy, and values. They are the institution’s chief student ambassadors and exemplify the best of the college in every venue in which they are present. Through a large number of appearances, speaking engagements, volunteer activities, and meetings each year, they convey FVSU mission and message to audiences across the country. Elected by the student body, they serve on numerous committees and task forces at the institution.
Miss Fort Valley State University Ambria Danielle Spencer is a senior business management major from Waycross, GA. At FVSU, she has been heavily engaged in campus life, previously serving on the Royal Court, as Miss 1895, and Miss Football, and as a member of the Alpha Tau Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She’s on the Dean’s List, and loves dancing, which she considers a gift from God.
Mr. Fort Valley State University Charles Waller III is an agricultural economics major from Macon. He is family oriented and plans to open an adult day center after serving in the military. He’s made the Dean’s List, and was chosen as Mr. Basketball and Mr. 1895 before being elected the new Mr. FVSU. The two will begin their reign at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Watch: Charles Waller talks about his plans as Mr. FVSU.
Watch: Ambria Spencer talks about her plans as Miss FVSU.
Mr. Royal Blue Trevion Jaleel Burks is a native of Cuthbert, GA. Burks is a management major with a concentration in marketing. His parents are Chantele Harris and Eric Antonio Burks. Post graduation plans include attending law school at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University with the aspiration of becoming a future corporate attorney. His favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Miss Old Gold Rodeshia TaCoral Burks is the youngest daughter of Rodney Burks and the late Carolyn Burks. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Burks. The Cuthbert, GA native is a junior middle grades education student, with a concentration in English language arts. Burks wants to attend graduate school and earn a master’s degree in school counseling. Her ultimate goal is to earn a doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration and go on to become a school principal. Rodeshia stands firm on the belief, “With God, all things are possible.”
Mr. Old Gold Jaylin Coley-Melton is a junior, criminal justice major from the small, but historic city of Andersonville, GA. Coley-Melton is the first born to Fatima Coley of Andersonville, GA and Ervin Melton of Plains, GA. Upon graduation Jaylin future aspirations are to work with Homeland Security and furthering his career with the United States Secret Service. Jaylin is inspired by the late superstar Prince Rogers Nelson’s words, “Every day is a blessing from God and I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.”
Q&A with Mr. and Miss FVSU
Question: Why did you choose to run for the office to which you were just elected?
AMBRIA SPENCER: I chose to run for Miss FVSU because I wanted to [help inspire a new] mindset and create the atmosphere of doing things in excellence and integrity. My platform is “Excellence in Leadership through a Character of Integrity,” and my mission is “Bringing Out the Excellence in You.”
CHARLES WALLER, III: I truly feel that Fort Valley State University helped me become the man I am today.
Question: What do you think you can do as a leader to help FVSU?
AMBRIA: As a leader I can help FVSU by following my favorite motto, “lead by example,” and I can also help my peers reach the best potential within themselves.
CHARLES: I feel that, as a leader, I can bring our student body closer and [increase] our student enrollment.
Question: What are your top goals for your year in office?
AMBRIA: My top goals are: 1.) help students develop leadership skills that they can carry with them for a lifetime; 2.) show my university what integrity looks like; and 3.) prove to myself that I can help change the mentality of my university as a whole.
CHARLES: To build the confidence of Wildcats in their ability to do whatever they want to do in life, work hand in hand with the SGA to make the FVSU college experience the best in the country, and start an “each one, teach one” program for our young generation who we hope are future Wildcats.
Question: How do you plan to accomplish these goals?
CHARLES: With the help of the Royal Court, using different aspects [of our experiences] that have helped mold us.
AMBRIA: I plan to accomplish these goals by: 1.) having sessions with my peers about having good leadership qualities; 2.) carrying myself with excellence and purity; and 3.) just doing what I said I was going to do and standing by my word.
Question: Why did you chose FVSU?
CHARLES: My whole family came here, from my grandparents to my aunts to my cousins. I also wanted the HBCU experience.
AMBRIA: FVSU was not the first on my radar but the first on God’s radar. I believe in the saying that everything happens for a reason [and because of that, I believe] God chose this university for me. He knew that I needed to understand and learn about the history behind a historic black college. He also knew my purpose and destiny was to let my light shine so that people can see the God in me.
Question: Why did you choose your major?
AMBRIA: I chose business management because I handle things well, and I knew I that I wanted to one day become an entrepreneur.
CHARLES: I chose [agricultural economics] because it is very diverse and gives you ample opportunities when picking a career.
Question: What are your plans after graduation?
AMBRIA: After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school to receive my MBA. Soon after that get my certification to become a non-profit executive director.
CHARLES: I plan to be an officer in the United States Army.
Question: What is your favorite inspirational message or quote?
My favorite Inspirational message that I have come to love and live by is from the movie The Great Debaters:
“Who’s the judge?”
“The judge is God.”
“And why is he God?”
“Because he decides who wins or loses, not my opponent.”
“And who is your opponent?”
“He doesn’t exist.”
“And why doesn’t he exist?”
“Because he is a mere descending voice of the truth that I speak.”
CHARLES: Frederick Douglas—“Where there is no struggle, there is no progress.”