HAMPTON, Va. (October 30, 2020) – Hampton University graduating seniors, Christian Peterson and Jordan Ray were crowned Miss Hampton University and Mr. Pirate for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the pageant was held virtually, crowning Peterson as the 63rd Miss Hampton University and Ray as the 17th Mr. Pirate.
“Miss Christian Peterson and Mr. Jordan Ray have a duty to represent Hampton University with their grace and character. We look forward to seeing the hard work and dedication of these two bright individuals during their term as Miss Hampton University and Mr. Pirate,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Peterson is a Business Management major from Columbia, South Carolina. Peterson’s transition to Hampton University was not the easiest, which sparked her interest in running for Miss Hampton and implementing her platform, The REAAL Program. Her platform is focused on taking a stand on helping high school students transition their way into college life while having a mentor at hand for those young adults in need of guidance.
“I struggled with my transition to college. Having a mentor during that time would have been great,” said Peterson.
Peterson is a member of the Student Government Senate, Hampton University Minority Association for Pre-Med Students, and Society Advancement of Management. Her ultimate goal is to open up free clinics for pediatric care in minority neighborhoods for children to receive necessary health care.
Fun Fact: “My favorite thing to do is eat. I love trying new foods and I love the idea of friend and family dinners. Anywhere where we can enjoy good food and eat,” said Peterson.
Ray is a senior, Liberal Studies major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a 2020 initiate into the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
While matriculating through Hampton, Ray is a part of the Greer Dawson Student Leadership Training Program. He was Mr. Pre-Alumni Council and he was on the Hampton University Football team during his first two years of college.
Ray’s platform, Project Loyalty, focuses on Building an Empowering Environment for African American Youth.
“I had three goals when I came to Hampton University. I wanted to join the Greer Dawson Wilson Leadership Training program, become a member of Omega Psi Phi, Inc., and I wanted to become Mr. Pirate,” said Ray. “I was thinking of ways early on to give back to the community. It’s honestly a blessing to be able to have a good impact on my campus. Now, I’m just ready to get going and I’m ready to give back to Hampton University and the Hampton Roads community, making the best out of what we have during these times.”
Fun Fact: “I can name all of the presidents and in high school I was the leading all-time scorer in basketball,” said Ray.