Williams crowned Miss DTC

Ask LaShaundre Williams for an example of someone who embodies the virtues of a real-life queen, and she is quick to name her mother, Dedre Fluitt.
“I look to my mom. She knows when to speak and when not to speak and she knows how to pick and choose her battles, but she is soft-spoken,” she said.
Williams said her mother knew how to make people feel good, but could be firm when needed.
Williams, 23, was formally crowned as “Miss Denmark Technical College” during her coronation ceremony Oct. 29 in the McDuffie Student Services Center at DTC.
Besides Williams, 27 other queens were recognized during the event.
Quandaria Robinson of North Charleston and Zalika Tucker of Columbia were named first and second attendants to Williams.
As Miss DTC 2010-11, Williams represents the college during public events or acts as spokesperson for the student body. Williams also must serve on the student government association. Williams succeeds Ebone Morris, the 2009-10 Miss DTC.  
“I want to be that bridge from the generational gap between the faculty and staff and the students,” she said.
To be selected as Miss DTC, student candidates had to campaign for the office and then give a speech before the student body in April.
Williams’ speech was on what she envisioned the role of Miss DTC to be, she said.
“It was a resume of myself and what I could do for the school and what a queen embodied,” she said.
Williams’ platform as Miss DTC during her reign is about raising awareness and prevention of domestic violence.
Besides her duties as Miss DTC, Williams is also active with the Lady Esquire Club; sings in the DTC choir; acts as the statistician for the DTC basketball teams and tutors elementary students from Denmark-Olar Elementary School.
Williams, of Columbia, is the daughter of Arison and Dedre Fluitt and graduated high school in 2005.
Adding Miss DTC to her college resume has made her life more frenetic.
“It’s a good thing – I’m busy with good things. This is the first time that I ever ran for anything. It makes me think I could run for Miss America and get it or at least try,” said Williams.  
Williams, a sophomore, is studying for an associate degree in art, but plans to pursue a four-year degree in business and accounting later. After DTC, Williams hopes to transfer to Spellman College in Atlanta and eventually work in the public relations field, specifically with public figures, she said.
“I would like to represent political people because once you are in with them, you get to know others,” she said.