The coronation of Faith Dominique McKie as Miss Claflin University for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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A native of Columbia, McKie is a senior sport management major with a minor in Spanish. She is also a member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College, maintaining a 3.96 grade point average. Her academic performance is important to her, and because of it, she has been inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society as well the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. She has also volunteered as a tutor to student-athletes on campus and giving back to her community by supporting voter education, spending time with youth at schools and after school programs, and many more community outreach projects.

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As a student-athlete on the women’s track and field team, McKie has also won a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in the 400-meter hurdles; been recognized as a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Track and Field Runner of the Week; and been named a 2019 CIAA Essay Contest Grand Prize scholarship winner. She also finished the 2018-2019 school year by being selected as a Minor League Baseball F.I.E.L.D Program participant.

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McKie believes that “hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.” As such, she has worked hard to accomplish every goal that she made for herself during her collegiate career. In 2018, she competed for and won the title of Miss Omega Psi Phi.

As a part of her Miss Claflin platform, McKie is using her own passions to encourage students to strive for excellence and balance in their lives -- particularly emphasizing the importance of physical and mental health. She has also been a member of several campus organizations, including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, A. Bevy Collegiate Group, Honors Council and is a 2019 initiate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Nu Chapter.

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