Margaret T. Gunn

Margaret with father, William E. Gunn

 

Enthusiastic, energetic, talented, composed, and graceful are words that best describe Margaret Tiffeny Gunn, a twenty-one-year-old graduating senior. Proudly representing Tuskegee, Alabama, "thou pride of the swift growing South," she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Gunn, and she has one younger brother, William E. Gunn, Jr. The values of hard work and determination were instilled in her at an early age. As a result, she graduated as salutatorian of the Booker T. Washington High School class of 1999. She was Miss Booker T. Washington High School, Captain of the majorettes in the BTWHS Marching Band, and a Trombonist in the Symphonic Band. She was also a member of several other clubs and organizations including the Drama and Journalism Clubs and the Junior National Society of Black Engineers. Not only did she excel in extracurricular activities, she also exceeded the standard by excelling academically. She has received many honors such as: President of the National Honor Society, member of the Beta and Key Clubs, member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and an apprentice in the NASA SHARP Research Program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was also selected to be a debutante in the 1998 Pearls of Paradise Cotillion.

Even though Margaret was very involved in the curricular as well as extracurricular activities at BTWHS, she always found time for her community and her family. Margaret and her family attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. At St. Andrew’s, she has served as an Acolyte, Crucifer, and Lector. She has also participated in Sunday School and Episcopal Young Churchmen and Women activities. Her church affiliation has led her to become very active in her community. She was a Girl Scout for over ten years. As a Girl Scout, she participated in many community service projects which allowed her to earn the Silver Award.

Margaret also served as the President for the 21st Century Youth Leadership Organization. In addition, she had the opportunity to perform in "The Wiz" at Alabama State University under the direction of the distinguished Dr. Tommie "Tonea" Stuart. Last, but definitely not least, Margaret represented her community as Macon County’s Junior Miss and as Miss Mizraim Temple #119.

Because of her academic as well as social achievements, Margaret received a full 4-year Presidential and Army ROTC Scholarship to Tuskegee University. All of the values and morals that were instilled into Margaret at an early age have followed her here to Tuskegee University. She has continued to excel in her extracurricular activities, community service, and academic obligations. She has served as the Co-Captain of the Piperettes (dancers) in the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band and as an Orientation Leader for the University. Currently, Margaret is a cadet in the Army ROTC Program where she serves as the Recruiting Officer, a University Usher, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She has also been selected to represent the student body as Miss Tuskegee University for the 2002-2003 school year. In addition, Margaret has been inducted into several honor societies including Golden Key National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.

On May 11, 2003, Margaret will graduate from Tuskegee University with a B.A. in English Language Arts Education. In addition, she will gain commission in the United States Army. This summer, Margaret had the opportunity to train at Ft. Lewis, Washington. In addition, she received more training at Ft. Riley Kansas with the Medical Service Corps. These training opportunities have helped Margaret to prepare for her future as an officer in the United States Army. After completing her obligation with the Army, she will attend New York University where she will earn a degree in counseling. Margaret plans to pursue a career as a high school guidance counselor. Her philosophy in life is: "If one has a desire to accomplish a goal, he or she should DO IT."