It’s a first for Clayton State University, and an honor that typifies Clayton State’s growing international footprint, as well as the high profile of the University’s international students.
In the student body elections announced at last Saturday night’s Homecoming basketball doubleheader, two outstanding individuals were named king and queen. Senior mathematics major Tony Yaacoub, a native of Beirut, Lebanon, and a member of the Clayton State Honors Program, was crowned the University’s Homecoming King, Clayton State’s first international “king.” Joining Yaacoub as Homecoming Queen was another member of the Honors Program, Krystal Allen, who comes from a more nearby location, College Park, Ga.
Runners-up for the Homecoming honors, and members of the Homecoming King and Queen’s court; are first runners-up Matika Holmes and Christian Reynolds, and second runners-up Priyani Patel and Corenza Morris.
Yaacoub is the president (and founder) of Clayton State’s International Student Association, a DEEP Peer educator, a member on the Student Fees Committee, and a member of the Financial Club. He originally came to Clayton State through the Georgia Rotary Student Program, and liked the University so much that he stayed on afterwards to complete his degree (this coming May) from Clayton State. A Dean’s List student and an attendee and presenter at several scholarly mathematical conferences throughout the southeast, Yaacoub has won the William A. Watt Award and the Mathematics Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences at Clayton State.
Allen is the president of the Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and a member of the Golden Key Honors Society, the Clayton State AmeriCorps National Service Program, and the Fraternity and Sorority Council. She has been on the Clayton State Dean's List for spring and fall of 2009 and the fall of 2010. She was also crowned Miss Black and Gold in the 2009-2011 Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Pageant, and is the Greek member with the highest institutional grade point average.