There is a new Miss Bennett College, and she is well-prepared for the role! Learn who she is and how she is so highly qualified in a recent statement below from BC!

Today, Bennett College is honored to name and present graduating dual-major senior Hannah Marie Ross as its newly crowned 41st Miss Bennett College. The crowning of Bennett College’s 41st Miss Bennett was Bennett College held on March 20. 

Bennett College’s illustrious legacy contributes to its traditions, and one of them is the coronation.

Coronation is when the official crowning of Miss Bennett College and members of the Royal Court. Miss Bennett is elected by the student body and serves as a member of the Executive Team of the Student Government Association. As Miss Bennett, the queen’s primary responsibility includes providing community service opportunities for the student body, serving as a Marshall for the Academic Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES) and serving as president of the Queens Association. 

For the 2020-21 Coronation year, Hannah Marie Ross was elected by her peers to hold the Miss Bennett title. Hannah Marie Ross is a resident of Hillsborough, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Esther and Joseph Ross and the older sister to TJ.  Hannah graduated with honors from Orange High School and is a dual Mathematics and Chemistry major.

“During my time [at Bennett], I have had the privilege to work with 17 Miss Bennett’s, and each one of them is an outstanding example of what a Miss Bennett should be,” commented Rachel Pridgen, director of campus life and student activities. “Unlike any other year, this year was exceptional, as we faced restrictions and so many limitations due to COVID-19. But the spirit and determination of these young women were mind-blowing, as they did not give up—their support in each other was felt many miles and over Zoom connections. They showed me what sisterhood truly meant.”

“I am beyond words and full of joy to be crowned as the 41st Miss Bennett College,” said Hannah Ross. “To have the support and love from my [Bennett] sisters is a bonus to the education I am proud and humbled to receive this honorable title from my beloved institution. I am so grateful to represent Bennett with grace, love, and support.”

2020-21 Elected members of the Bennett College Royal Court are:

  • Ashley King ‘22, Miss Royal Blue and White
  • Seria Bullen Sata ‘21, Miss Senior
  • Michaela Zeno ‘22, Miss Junior
  • Ja’Nylah Johnson ‘23, Miss Sophomore
  • Kennedy Allen ‘24, Miss Freshwoman

“The entire Bennett community is beyond proud of this group of phenomenal young ladies. The Coronation 2020 was UNFORGETTABLE,” Rachel Pridgen continued.