SGA Homecoming Queen

MARCOMM Homecoming Queen finalists (Left to right): Allison Holloway of Zeta Tau Alpha, Monique Morris of RHA/ Paine, Raigan Purtle of Golden Girls Dance Team, Emily Torrealba of Women in STEM, Vanessa Villarreal of Student Health Information Management Association

Homecoming Week means a new Homecoming Queen.

The Homecoming Queen coronation will be Saturday, Oct. 21 before the football game against Northwestern Oklahoma. There will be Homecoming tailgate at 11 a.m. and the coronation ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the football game to follow.

“Homecoming is a tradition that brings together students, faculty and staff, alum and the Russellville Community and I love that I can be a part of making that happen,” said Allison Edwards, junior political science, journalism and criminal justice major from Perryville and Homecoming Chairman for SGA.

Edwards has served on SGA for three semesters and gained knowledge on planning events like Homecoming from helping last year. She has been preparing for months with Aubrey Holt, Director of Campus Life and they are both “happy the week is finally here.”

Homecoming Court interviews for the 14 nominees were conducted by Edwards and Holt on October 9. All registered student organizations had the opportunity to nominate an eligible member of the organization obtaining 60 or more credit hours.

The Homecoming pep rally was the first event to kick off homecoming week. On Monday night, Thone Stadium was filled with students to watch all 14 nominees walk across the field representing the organizations that nominated them.

The top 5 nominees on Homecoming court Saturday are:

  • Allison Holloway of Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Monique Morris of RHA/Paine
  • Raigan Purtle of Golden Girls Dance Team
  • Emily Torrealba of Women in STEM
  • Vanessa Villarreal of Student Health Information Management Association

“Arkansas Tech is lucky to have such amazing girls to represent them on court,” said Brooke Miller, senior psychology major from Bigelow and homecoming court nominee. “I know whoever is chosen will be great.”

Being Homecoming Queen is an “honor,” said Edwards. The Queen will represent Arkansas Tech for the year of their reign along with a portrait in Doc Bryan that will hang on the wall with all past homecoming queens.

Voting was open on TheLink and closed on Thursday, Oct. 19.