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Miss, Mr. NSU say community involvement has added to their experience at Northwestern State
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Maegan Morace of Jena has been named Miss NSU and Jackson McNeal of Jennings has been selected as Mr. NSU by students at Northwestern State University.

Morace is a senior hospitality management and tourism major. She is the daughter of Ondra and Susan Morace. She is a President’s List student. Last month, she was on the Northwestern State Homecoming Honor Court.

“It’s amazing to me that four years have gone by,” said Morace. “I was honored to be on the Homecoming Court and I never dreamed I would be named Miss NSU until I was nominated. It meant so much to me that an organization would nominate me.”

McNeal is the son of Cathy McNeal. He is a senior health and exercise science major. McNeal is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi, the Student Activities Board and Blue Key Honor Society. He was also selected to the 2011 Homecoming Honor Court at NSU.

“I didn’t expect this honor,” said McNeal. “Until I made the runoff, it didn’t really hit me how big of an honor this is. I started getting involved through two former Mr. NSUs, Eddie Higginbotham IV and Roderick Wilson, who got me involved in the Student Activities Board and I branched out from there. It means a lot to think I may have reached a lot of people here.”

Morace is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and serves on the Panhellenic Council. She is a member of the Order of Omega and Demon Volunteers in Progress. Morace got her start at Northwestern State through its Presidential Leadership Program.

“I started out getting involved my freshman year. The Presidential Leadership Program was a springboard for me,” said Morace. “It started my involvement on campus and in the community.

“I can’t imagine attending college anywhere but Northwestern State. When I was a counselor in Freshman Connection, I encouraged freshman to get involved in some organization whether its Intramurals, the Student Activities Board, Greek life or whatever you choose. There are 115 organizations here and if there isn’t one to fit your interests, you can start one.”

McNeal is a member of Demon Volunteers in Progress where he was named VIP of the Year. He was an NSU Cheerleader.

“When I was in high school, I focused on sports and wasn’t really involved outside that, but when I got here, I knew I had to find things to keep me occupied,” said McNeal. “There are so many things at NSU to keep you involved. I have developed leadership skills that I can use the rest of my life. I have such a passion for this place and the closeness that people have.”

Morace says community involvement will always be part of her life because of her experiences at Northwestern State.

“Wherever I go, I am going to be looking around for groups to be involved in whether it’s a civic club or non-profit group,” said Morace. “I will miss being a part of Tri-Sigma as an active, so I will have to look for other things.”

McNeal says he will always search for ways to help the community he lives in.

“I feel like I have to keep my plate full. I can’t relax and do nothing for more than a day or so,” he said. “I know that wherever I go, there will be groups needing someone to help and I will try to be as involved as I can be.”

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