Jones, Council chosen at Mr., Miss Co-Lin

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 25, 2007

NATCHEZ — Jarvis Jones of Fayette and Angie Council of Natchez have been chosen Mr. and Miss Co-Lin Natchez for 2007-2008.

The honor was bestowed during recent campus-wide elections.

For Council, the selection was particularly sweet because her brother, Terrence Council, and sister, Terika Council, were Mr. and Miss Co-Lin Natchez in 2004.

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Deciding to run for Miss Co-Lin was easy for Council.

“I did it just to be doing it. I was just me being me. I am outgoing and enjoy being with people.”

Council said she learned of winning while at work.

“I was at work and someone texted me and said I won! I was so excited. I was so happy,” she said.

Jones said, “I knew I won from the start before I learned I had it because so many students were telling me they were voting for me. I really put my heart into running and I was really happy when I won.”

Mr. and Miss Co-Lin Natchez are ambassadors for the school, representing Co-Lin Natchez in on- and off- campus activities and events.

Winning is nothing new for Council; she was nominated to the Sweetheart Court in her junior year and Homecoming Maid and Class Favorite in her senior year at Natchez High School. In fact winning is a family tradition for the Council family.

“My family keeps me motivated. They are always pushing me to do better,” Council said. It’s good because I am a role model for my nieces and nephews.”

Council works at a mortgage company and recently obtained her Mississippi mortgage loan and origination license. She plans to work toward a Mississippi Realtor license next. Council is a business administration and accounting major. She plans to go on to a four-year school after Co-Lin.

“I haven’t decided yet where I will go on to school, either USM (the University of Southern Mississippi) or Mississippi State (University). I plan to go to Georgia and start my career after I graduate from a university. I have family there, too.”

Unlike Council, who eagerly tossed her hat into the campaign, Jones said he sought election after being encouraged by friends. “Everyone said, ‘You should try,’ so I went for it,” he said. “It was the first time I ran for anything. I liked getting out and talking to the students.”

Jones graduated from Jefferson County High School and is currently enrolled in the welding program at Co-Lin.

He is a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, and this spring he returned from a six-month tour of duty in Dijibouti, Africa, where he worked security for a Navy base. “It would have been a dangerous place to be without the Marine Corps in position there,” Jones said.

His career plans are to be a Mississippi state trooper after working for a while as a welder.

Like Council, Jones also enjoys family time, especially with his two children, Janiya Jones, 2, and Ayden Jones, 12 months.

Jones said he takes his responsibility very seriously as Mr. Co-Lin. “I want to do whatever is needed here as Mr. Co-Lin, and I want to do it the best that I can.”