(KSLA) – Two Grambling State students are breaking barriers by being chosen as HBCU STEM Queens by Ebony Magazine.
“There was an ad of a black African American woman. She was wearing like a crown. And it said STEM queen sponsored by Ebony competition,” explained Destney Johnson, who is a junior.
The Atlanta resident and her cousin Taylor Johnson, a freshman from Little Rock, Ark., graced the cover of the special edition Ebony Magazine published this month.
“We were among the 10 selected to be finalists. And how that happened was we had to get a lot of people to vote for us,” Destney Johnson explained. “Whoever has the most votes at the end of the contest, we won a trip to Los Angeles, we won mentorship and a scholarship.”
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
“For Black History Month, and ahead of this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, EBONY Media has partnered with OLAY to release a special limited-edition EBONY commemorative print issue,” says one. explainer on the journal’s website. “Featuring the winners of its longest-running editorial franchise – the reimagined HBCU Queens – as cover stars, and with a new focus on STEM this year, the grassroots initiative is dedicated to recognizing black women. colleges that are about to make significant changes at the local level. and globally.
Destney Johnson is majoring in computer information systems with the goal of becoming a computer engineer, according to his biography at ebony.com. Taylor Johnson is majoring in nursing and aims to become a radiologist.
“The first day was like a meeting and a welcome; we met the staff and the people who would help us,” said Destney Johnson. “We received bags and (a) beautiful lab coat.”
The couple said it was a feat they never imagined.
“It’s exciting and it doesn’t stop there,” Destney Johnson said. “We have a lot of younger siblings and people who look up to us. So we know we have to keep going and chart a path.
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