Jhameka Jones, senior family and consumer sciences major, earns "The Most Outstanding Student Award" from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
Academic excellence, dedication and a commitment to service helped a Fort Valley State University student earn a prestigious award during a national conference.
Jhameka Jones, a 21-year-old family and consumer sciences major, earned "The Most Outstanding Student Award" from the National Coalition for Black Development in Family and Consumer Sciences, an affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). Jones received the award in St. Louis, MO. during a banquet this summer.
"It was a surprise; I didn't know I was nominated. When they called my name, I was in shock," Jones said expressing her excitement when she learned of her achievement. Dr. Vivian Fluellen, interim department head for FVSU's Family and Consumer Sciences Program, said she nominated Jones because she is hardworking, articulate, determined, and a member of AAFCS.
Jones competed for the award against students representing land-grant universities across the U.S. She was presented the award at the conference which drew more than 700 students and professionals.
The college senior said the conference broadened her knowledge about the family and consumer sciences discipline.
"Family and consumer sciences are the backbone of the family. In order for us to have a better economy and lifestyle, we have to build on the family first," Jones said.
She highlighted how the conference allowed her the opportunity to network with students, professors and professionals from across the country. She also met Seth Henderson, winner of the seventh season of the television show Project Runway who was a speaker at the conference.
After attending the conference and receiving her award, the Americus native said after graduation she aspires to leave her home state, further her education and eventually come back and teach at FVSU.
"I want to learn everything I can in my twenties so I can teach everything I've learned in my thirties," she said. She attributes her aspirations to the FCS program at FVSU.
"My major is awesome. The teachers are very helpful. When you get in class, you can tell they really want you to be somebody," Jones said.
Overall, she said her goal is to help improve the lives of families.
"It's hard to teach older people new ways, so if you start from the beginning with younger adults [who are] having children, maybe we can spark a change," Jones said.
For more information about FVSU's Family and Consumer Sciences Program, visit ag.fvsu.edu or call 478-825-6234.