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Released September 30, 2003

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HATTIESBURG - Zach Thomas and Marion Jones of Jackson, both seniors at The University of Southern Mississippi, were recently selected Mr. and Miss USM respectively by the university student body in campus elections.

Thomas is a recreation major at Southern Miss, and said he's thrilled to have been selected by his fellow students for the title.

"It's an honor to be elected Mr. USM," he said. "It's a great feeling to have been selected for this honor at a school I've grown to love."

Thomas is president of the Southern Miss chapter of the National Panhellenic Council and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He was a member of Southern Style and is past president of the African American Student Organization.

Jones is president of Delta Sigma Theta, is a charter member of Ideal Women, a VISION volunteer and a representative to the Southern Miss Residence Hall Association. She has also served as a Golden Girl, a director for Premiere, a member of Eagle Connection, AASO and has been a president's and dean's list scholar.

Jones is a speech communication major at Southern Miss, and said being selected Miss USM 2003 is the culmination of a goal she's had all her life.

"It's been a lifelong dream of mine to achieve something so dynamic," Jones said. "Upon entering Southern Miss in August 2000, my goal was to make an impact on Southern Miss, and I believe I've done that in the time I've spent here at the university. It has been a fruitful experience and full of accomplishments."



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