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Are you the “Cutest HBCU Couple?”


We want to congratulate our 2013 Cutest HBCU Couple Winners John Wright and Ellen McKnight from Xavier University of Louisiana. Read their story:

Ellen & John

During my freshmen year at Xavier University of Louisiana I met a young woman at our campus ministry weekend retreat. I thought she was cute but said nothing at the time because I did not want to seem like the type of person who was trying to serenade girls by using Jesus as a means of persuasion. It turns out she thought I was cute too though. Neither one of us said much to each other the remainder of that semester but once she started following me on twitter I knew something was there. One day I tweeted “I’ll provide protection if you open up the door for me.” And then she sub-tweeted me by saying “The key is available whenever you want to pick it up.” I wasn’t really positive that she was talking about me at first so like a dummy I let that opportunity fly over my head again. Finally after the semester was over as well as freshmen year she messaged me on Facebook and we spoke briefly about how we would both enroll in summer school and the conversation ended with me giving her my cell phone number. On June 10, 2011 we started our relationship and on June 23, 2011 she agreed to be my girlfriend. Since we have been dating we make note to celebrate the 10th of every month and never let ourselves forget why we fell in love with one another. February will mark 20 months of our relationship and I could not be happier. She has helped encourage me to be a better student and a better person. My biggest concern is me wondering if I can do everything I can to make her happier.

John Wright
Classification: Junior
Major: Physics
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: Xavier University of Louisiana
After College Goals: Employment with Nasa’s Astrophysics program

Ellen McKnight
Classification: Junior
Major: Chemistry Pre-Pharm
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
School: Xavier University of Louisiana

After College Goals: Working in an impoverished community as a pharmacist.