DOVER, Del. – The 2017-2018 Mr. and Miss DSU became official Oct. 8 with the crowning of Kevin Perry Jr. and Michaela J. Rose at the Coronation Ceremony on campus.
Held in the Education and Humanities Theatre as the kickoff event for the 2017 Homecoming Week, the ceremony was entitled “The Royal Soiree” with the theme based on the legendary story The Great Gatsby.
Kevin Perry is the 13th Mr. DSU since that title was established in 2005. He is also the first-ever student-athlete (Hornet football running back) to serve in the royal position. Kevin was also a Tom Joyner Foundation 2016 Hercules Scholar.
Mr. Perry, a senior accounting major from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., won the crown on the platform “CEO” (Community, Education and Opportunity). “I want to change the mind-sets of students concerning professionalism and inspire them to strive to become CEOs,” he said. “They need to understand that brand building starts now. Every time they are in class, their image is important; and so is the company that they keep.”
Mr. DSU’s aspiration is to work for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. “My personal goal is to become a CEO,” he said. “CEOs have impact in their communities, they can educate and influence people, and they create opportunities and capitalize on them.”
While maintaining his current 3.72 GPA, Mr. DSU serves as the president of the DSU Accounting Club and is a member of MOCA (Men of Color Alliance). He currently interning with the accounting firm of KPMG in Washington, D.C. and has had previous interning stints with Barclays and SB & Co.
He is the son of Kevin Perry and Maria Perry.
Ms. Rose, the reigning Miss DSU, while born in Baltimore, Md., has lived in Dover the last seven years and graduated from Dover High School. The senior movement science major is beginning her final undergraduate year with a cumulative 3.7 GPA.
She began her undergraduate journey as a chemistry major, believing that she wanted follow the footsteps of her mother, Dr. Karen Rose, and become a dentist. “But then I became the head cheerleading coach at Dover High School and that got me interested in movement sciences,” she said.
The platform that carried Ms. Rose to the Miss DSU crown was “Secure it” – which she explains is a reversal of the word “insecure.” She said a popular television show noted that the typical black woman is insecure.
“That was not something I could accept,” Miss DSU said. “So I flipped word and also the meaning.”
The 61st Miss DSU says she is always seeking new avenues to serve God, and despite living in Dover since her high school years, she and her mother remain active members of the Christ Church of Deliverance in Baltimore, Md.
Ms. Rose said that during her reign she plans to launch a community service initiative entitled “Crown the Community.”
In addition to being a past Miss Sophomore and Hornet cheerleader, Ms. Rose is a recent inductee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a current member of Sisterhood of Success. She also is a linebacker and defensive captain for the Lady Snipers intermural flag football team.