Emotions ran high as the graduate attendant and freshmen class president and vice president winners were announced in Florida A&M’s run-off student election last night.
“I am completely humbled and overwhelmed by all of the love, reposts, texts and calls I have received,” said Brittany Wells, FAMU’s newest graduate attendant.
Wells, a fourth-year doctoral candidate of public health, said she is extremely happy that people were able to recognize all of the work that went into securing her 191 to 143-vote victory. She added, the real work will begin [Friday], but she is ready.
“I’m very much a planner, and I’m no stranger to hard work,” Wells said. “I truly don’t have much time. It’s October and our reign is over in April, so [Friday] I will begin making the calls and connecting with people to ensure I get things done.”
FAMU’s newly elected freshmen class President Devin Harrison said he, too, was overcome with joy after hearing the news of his, and running mate Monica Myrick’s, 384 to 263-vote win.
“Honestly, it hasn’t hit me yet. I’m so overwhelmed,” Harrison said. “It really feels so good, and I’m just really excited.”
Harrison, a biology and pre-dentistry student, said he and Myrick are excited to start working toward implementing their platform points. He explained that their first focus will be fundraising.
“Monica and I are ready and willing to serve FAMU,” Harrison said. “The first thing I want to get started is fundraising for the books scholarship. Everybody said that it can’t be done, so I want to work on that and get it done.”
As an experienced leader in student government, Darian Burrell, FAMU’s Senate President, said Harrison and Myrick will be successful in their new roles if they remain focused on the needs of the university.
“They need to remember to keep FAMU first,” Burrell said. “They are gifted with freshmen elections because it’s about popularity, but once they get into office it’s about what is best for the university. That’s what really matters.”