Hailing from the Tidewater region of Virginia, Lauren Papillion wears the crown of Miss Virginia State University 2015-2016 to be a guiding light and shining example of greatness. A senior majoring in mass communications, Lauren is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mass Communications Club, VSU Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Golden Key Honour Society, and former member of Trojan Explosion Marching Band’s Essence of Troy Dance Line.
Through her platform ”VSU get A.C.T.I.V.E.,” Lauren encourages students to Achieve their goals, Create new experiences, Think uniquely, Inspire and motivating others, Venture into servicing our University and outside community, and Execute academic excellence. As such, her favorite initiative implemented thus far is “Heart of a Trojan,” where students are able unite as one through community service at Virginia State University.
One principle that Lauren tells anyone she encounters is this: “Your mistakes make you who you are. Own them, fix them, and be a testimony to others so that they don't make the same mistakes.” She believes that as a queen, she is always growing and becoming better a person with each experience that she participates in.
Lauren hopes that, through her reign as Miss Virginia State University, she can leave a legacy of service and unity for future Trojans.