18 The Compass Wednesday, October 26, 1994
University’s first national merit scholar
chose ECSU over Harvard, Howard U.
Fkoto by Da^ Friedman
Chakka Ruffin, the first National Merit semifinalist to ever attend ECSU, CHdnl travel to
Ftoridato participate in the finals. Instead the $40,000 scholarship went to her sister, Tir^
By Lolethia Underdue
Most high school seniors have to worry
about being accepted into the college of
their choice, but ECSU's Chakka Ruffin
had so many offers to attend college—all
on full scholarships—that the hard part
for her was deciding which offer to ac
Schools offering her full scholarships
included Harvard University and
Howard University and Elizabeth State
Why did this Wilson,N.C.nativechoose
"It had the qualifications I was looking
for," says Ruffin. "It's an HBCU (Histori
cally Black College and University) and
Ruffin, the first National Merit Scholcir
to ever attend ECSU, said she was also
influenced by University recruiters.
"I liked what they were telling me, iand
I decided to come."
National Merit Scholars semifinalists
are selected on the basis of the Pre-Scho-
lastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), said Ruffin.
Prospective scholars are not allowed to
tell anyone they are semi-finalists, she
added. They are also required to fill out a
tf^mselves, and to write an essay.
"I didn't even know I wasa semifinalist
until my senior year," said Ruffin.
Ruffin said sfie didn't travel to Florida
to participate in the finals. The National
Merit Scholarship, worth $40,000, went
to her sister, Tinkia Twan whose I.Q.,
according to Ruffin, "is two points short
of being a genius."
Ruffin, the oldest of ten children, all
girls, said coming from a large family
didn't make her nwre competitive. She
describes her parents and all of her sisters
as being, "Very smart and talented."
Ruffin's mother currently holds a nurs
ing degree and has worked as a regis
tered nurse. Her father is a long distance
Ruffin and Tinkia Twan scored the
second and third highest scores in the
country on the Armed Services Voca
tional Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).The
highest scorerer on that test was also a
student at Ruffin's high school.
What was special about E. T.
Beddingfield Hi^ School?
"They worked us to death," she says.
Ruffin credits her mother writh influ
encing her the most because "she kept
supplying the money tobuy morebooks."
Ruffin had this tip for students plan
ning on taking standardized tests: "Study
hard imtil the last month before the test
and then just relax."
To relax, Ruffin writes poetry, songs,
and short stories, and she also enjoys
sewing and drav^g. She enjoys all mu
sic "except gangsta rap and deep coun
Ruffin, who isdoublemajoringinchem-
istry and computer science, plans to be a
cheWcal engineer. She has already been
offered "a full scholarship to an engineer
ing school in Israel."
Her plans also include room for a fam
ily. 'T see a husbaivd in my future, and I
want to have ten kids."
Mon. - Thurs.: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri. & Sat.: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon -10:00 pm
mSHUN XING I
Szechuan, Hunan & Cantonese (Take Out or Eat In)
1841 West Ehringhaus St., Port Elizabeth Centre #19
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
SPECIAL COMBINATION PLATES
(with Pork fried Rice & Egg Roll)
Chicken with Broccoli
Beef with Broccoli
Shrimp with Broccoli
Moo Goo Gai Pan
Beef with Chinese Vegetable
Shrimp with Lobster Sauce
Shrimp Chow Mein
Chicken Chow Mein
Roast Pork with Chinese Vegetable
Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken
Roast Pork Lo Mein
X ^ ^ ^
Roast Pork Egg Foo Young
Boneless Spare Ribs
Chicken with Cashew Nuts
Cl7.★Chicken with Szechuan Sauce
Cl8.★Chicken with Garlic Sauce
LUNCH MENU LUNCH SPECIAL (11:00 am to 3:00 pm)
(Service with Fried Rice or White Rice & Choice of Wonton, Egg Drop Soup or Soda)
Chicken with Broccoli 3.85
Beef with Broccoli 3.85
Shrimp with Broccoli 4.20
Moo Goo Gai Pan 3.85
Beef with Chinese Vegetable 3.85
Pepper Steak 3.85
Shrimp with Lobster Sauce 4.20
Shrimp Chow Mein 3.85
Chicken Chow Mein 3.85
Roast Pork with Chinese Vegetable 3.85
Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken 3.85
Roast Pork Lo Mein 3.85
Roast Pork Egg Foo Young 3.85
Boneless Spare Ribs 4.20
Chicken with Cashew Nuts 3.85
Hunan Chicken 3.85
^ Ht. «h >T
31 X j*.
Tel: (919) 335-5188 / 338-5198