Two third year undergraduate students who are also the reigning beauty pageants at Jomo Kenyatta University of University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), have clinched top honours after beating contestants from 15 universities in Kenya, during the just concluded Mr. and Miss University Kenya 2018 (MMUK) contest held in Nairobi, Saturday, May, 26, 2018.
Jared Masinde, an Information Technology student who is also the reigning Mr. JKUAT 2017/18, battled with over 11 other contestants from other universities to emerge Mr. University Kenya 2018 (the 2nd Runners Up), while Sarah Pkyach, a Biostatistics and Actuarial Science student and the current Miss JKUAT, put her best foot forward trouncing 18 other beauties to emerge Miss University Kenya (1st Runners Up). She also bagged the Best Talent MMUK 2018 Award.
“The competition is not just about beauty. It is about intellect, personality, presentation and leadership skills. It goes beyond catwalk and the physique,” an elated Sarah observed.
According to Jared who hails from Kakamega County, the recognition means a lot. “It has put us on the national map. It also confirms that we as JKUAT students can compete favourably with the kings and queens in the country.” He plans to team up with JEMA (an environmental club) to conduct clean up exercises as well as mobilizing and rallying comrades around charity initiatives to support the needy.
“The issue of sexual harassment among university students is of great concern in the country. With assistance from stakeholders, I intend to sensitize comrades against sexual harassment and work towards building a responsible society of youths,” Jared observes.
Sarah on her part, adds, “I am a member of a club called ‘Mind your Mind’ which promotes mental health amongst students and aims at ensuring students attain their overall growth and potential.” She also plans to work with the club members and use the new platform to take the campaigns a notch higher.
“I also have a soft spot for people suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) especially those who have been isolated and live in seclusion in the Manyatas back home. “I intend to work with stakeholders to give hope to these patients because they go through a lot of pain and suffering, says Sarah, who hails from West Pokot County.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga congratulated the students who were accompanied by the Dean of Students, Mrs. Emma Omulokoli and the JKUSA Finance Secretary Mr. Ibrahim Boru, for putting JKUAT on the national map once again through their participation in the universities beauty contests. “We are proud of you and we are very delighted. Keep it up and on behalf of the entire University, I wish you the best as you exploit your talents.”
The two students appreciated JKUAT students Association for supporting their bid which culminated in their sterling performance. They urged other students to exploit their talents to the fullest while at JKUAT. Mr. Boru underscored the importance of fashion, and promised to rally support to promote Mr. and Miss JKUAT programmes and activities in future. Jared and Sarah intimated that they have been approached by leading fashion designers in the country who are keen to engage them as Brand ambassadors.