This year, there were seven candidates total — five for Miss UNC and two for Mr. UNC. To be eligible, candidates had to attend an interest meeting and be graduating in the spring of 2020.
Students voted for the candidates by ranking their preferences on Monday. This voting procedure differed from previous years, when voting took place over a two-week period with multiple voting rounds.
The top three candidates for Mr. and Miss UNC were announced Tuesday night. The two candidates for Mr. UNC automatically advanced. The top three candidates for Miss. UNC are Kierra Pittman, McKinley McNeill and Psalms White. Mr. and Miss UNC will be from these finalists.
Below is a profile of each of the candidates.
Miss UNC Candidates
McNeill is a senior majoring in communication studies. Her platform is called “Feed50” and has the goal of providing monthly meal packages to 50 children in the program.
White is a senior majoring in communication studies. Her platform is called “You’ve got the Keys,” and it aims to provide a series of self-improvement workshops for students in an effort to give them the tools necessary to advocate for themselves and others.
Pittman is a senior majoring in media and journalism. Her platform, “Art of Y(our) Story,” aims to allow students to express themselves through their preferred medium. Donations will also be collected for the Compass Center for Women and Families.
Johnson is a senior majoring in communication studies. Her platform is called “Intentional Living” and aims to create an environment of healthy living based on eight dimensions of wellness.
Flowers is a senior majoring in business administration. Her platform is called “#EndIt,” and it focuses on sexual assault awareness and prevention on campus.
Mr. UNC Candidates
Evans is a senior majoring in health policy and management. His platform is called “F.O.C.U.S.,” which stands for Facilitating Opportunities for College-Bound Underrepresented Students. Evans plans to use his talents in photography to provide a scholarship for a student from the class of 2024 to help them transition to the University, as well as a professionalism package to further their career aspirations.
Hanback is a senior majoring in biology and neuroscience. His platform is called “Music Unites.” His two-part service project aims to have musicians play at the State Employee Credit Union Family House for families of long-term care patients, as well as having a local high school host a music day. He said that any proceeds will go toward the school’s music and art department.
The Big Reveal
The final reveal of Mr. and Miss UNC will take place at the beginning of the Saturday football game against Duke.
“Ultimately, the significance of the election is to crown someone who embodies what it is to be a student at UNC, on and off campus,” Huffman said. “Their service project plays the biggest role and can leave a lasting impact on both our campus and surrounding community as some have in the past.”