Determination, dedication and the ability to rally support are a winning combination. If you don’t believe it, just ask Miss Albany State University, Asia Love Cook. She is the grand prize winner of a national contest called the 2012 “The Ultimate Reign Competition” sponsored by Verizon Wireless. The prize package includes $15,000 to support Cook’s community service initiative called, “Be The Key and Unlock the Life” for the American Red Cross; a $5,000 scholarship award and a “tech pack” that includes a Motorola Droid 4G Smartphone and Xyboard tablet, a Bluetooth headset and a gift card valued at $1500.
Tuwisha Rogers and Krissy Pemberton-Flemmin, representatives from Verizon Wireless will present the package to Cook at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 in the ASU Student Center Ballrooms.
Cook, a senior biology major, is a 2009 graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School and campaigned to attract the attention of ASU classmates, students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members and the community, who clicked a link on a website to cast their vote. Over 10,000 votes won her the title.
“It is this kind of initiative and leadership that solidifies Verizon Wireless’ commitment to the diverse HBCU community,” according to a statement in a letter of congratulations to Miss ASU. “We are excited for your accomplishment and we look forward to seeing how you will use your grand prize award money.”
According to Cook, “My winning this competition is solely from my faith in God, the never ending support of my mother and father, the Albany community and last but not least my Unsinkable Golden Ram family. I am elated to be blessed with the award because the competition was fierce; however, God saw that I wanted to do something greater than myself and he has blessed me with this amazing opportunity. ” The money will be used to gear students and young people to become blood donors. Asia plans to have several blood drives and community outreach programs. She also plans to sponsor a 5K charity run.