Miss Lawson State 2015 – Alyssa Janay Miller

Alyssa Janay Miller was born in Birmingham, Alabama and is a graduate of
Pleasant Grove High School. She began her journey at Lawson State Community College enrolled
as a pre-nursing major with future plans to transfer to the University of Alabama at Birmingham
seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Her ultimate career plan is to become a Certified
Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). During her journey, she has been actively involved in
the Student Government Association as a freshman senator and executive cabinet treasurer. She
became involved with the community through SGA service projects such as Love Your Block
Service Project, MLK Day of Service, Valley Creek Clean-up, and Big Brother Big Sister. Alyssa
is also a member of TRIO Student Support Services, Phi Theta Kappa, and a two time President’s
List Scholar. It is through each of these that she has learned to serve others by acting as a voice and
role model. She has truly developed an understanding of what Lawson State means and offers as
a two-year institution. Her motto and scripture is: “And we know that all things (not some things,
not most things, but all things) work together for the good of those that love God and, who have
been called according to his purpose.” - Romans 8:28Alyssa Janay Miller

Ariette “Deadra” Fomby was born in Gadsden, Alabama. She graduated from Clay-
Chalkville High School. While in high school, she was a member of DECA which prepares students to
become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance and hospitality. Her biggest accomplishment
so far has been admission into Lawson State Community College despite all of the obstacles she faced.
She is proud of herself for being persistent and not giving up. Ariette is majoring in Early Childhood
Education and became an active member of the Student Government Association in 2014. She has been
a participant in numerous volunteer activities and enjoys meeting people and developing bonds that
will last a lifetime. Ariette has a giving spirit and is thankful to have a supportive family and grandad.
His spirit and encouragement will forever be a part of her life. She also would like to thank Lawson
State’s staff and student body for their support in her quest to become Miss Lawson State. Her motto is:
“Do something and be remembered or do nothing and be forgotten.”

Chastity De’ Andra Marks, was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.
She is the oldest of four children and daughter of Lemeika and Edwin Marks, Sr. Chastity is
a graduate of Ramsay High School. While attending Ramsay, she served in many leadership
positions: Platoon Leader and Staff Sergeant in JROTC, assistant section leader as a flutist, and
progressed to co-head drum major of the Mighty Marching Rams in her senior year. She was
also involved in activities outside of high school to strengthen her social and networking skills.
She has served as a mentor to youth and is a certified travel agent. In addition to her various
leadership roles, she volunteered weekly at Jessie’s Place, babysat children and taught them
how to read. Turning a new chapter in her life, Chastity enrolled at Lawson State Community
College where she is currently a member of the Golden Essence Dance Team, Phi Beta Lambda,
Student Support Services, and Student Government Association. Upon completion of her degree
at Lawson State, she plan to further her education at Clark Atlanta University with a major in
business administration and minor in communications. Her career goal is to become a fashion
merchandiser. To further her mentoring journey, she is currently training to become a mentor
in International Wise Woman Building, Inc. As the year of 2015-16 proceeds, Chastity plans to have cyclized workshops
containing professionals that specialize in various artistic categories. She believes individualism can only be developed through
self-confidence; self–confidence is exposed through your God given talent. Her motto is: “Never allow past and/or current
struggles to make you complacent. Overcome the battle by thinking outside the box”.