Tiara Anderson adds a tiara, much to her mother’s delight.
The Claflin junior was crowned Claflin University’s Miss Homecoming 2012 on Sunday, Nov. 11. Her mother and relatives witnessed the crowning showing tremendous support and pride. The ceremony kicked off a week of 2012 Homecoming festivities.
“I was quite overwhelmed with joy. I even cried because I was so excited and honored to be crowned Miss Homecoming 2012 at this wonderful University,” said Anderson, a native of Hardeeville, S.C.
As for being named Tiara, she says her mom, Sherri, just always wanted a daughter named Tiara. Little did her mother realize that her daughter's name would be especially fitting, as she wore the "tiara" on her head. The sociology major was Miss Freshman and spent time with former Miss Claflin Ariel Manning performing community service activities such as reading to local students and holding food and clothing drives. She is also a member of the U.S. National Guard and has risen to the rank of E4 specialist. Anderson is a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi National Society for Leadership and Success and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
As Miss Homecoming, Anderson plans to visit local high school students to encourage them to attend college and think about their future careers after graduation. She is going to participate in Red Ribbon Week at middle schools to help keep kids away from drugs. In addition, Anderson will be involved with the Toys for Tots and Adopt A Highway programs during her reign.
During high school, Anderson always knew she wanted to attend an Historically Black College or University. After weighing her options, Claflin became her “only choice”.
She loves the family oriented atmosphere at Claflin and the encouragement she receives from the faculty. “My professors know me by name and they encourage us to be leaders,” Anderson says.
After Claflin, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She wants to become a medical social worker for a children’s rehabilitation hospital.