• UWA announces 2011 Homecoming Court

    Posted: September 29, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    The University of West Alabama student body has elected seven of its most outstanding young women to represent them on the 2011 Homecoming court.

    The homecoming queen, who is chosen from the five elected upperclassmen, is a well-guarded secret that will be announced during the annual Serendipity talent show Oct. 5. The other four nominees for homecoming queen will serve as the queen’s court, along with the freshman and sophomore maids.

    Libby Hankins is the freshman maid. Hankins is a member of the UWA cheerleading squad and a business marketing major. She is an active volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Alabama and for Black Belt Rejuvenation projects. A Gordo native, she is a 2011 graduate of Gordo High School. Hankins is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Estes and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hankins.

    Alexandria Carson represents the sophomore class. Carson is a member of the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land and Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She is a Delta Chi Sweetheart and currently serves as a UWA Housing resident assistant and as a tutor for Student Support Services. The Northport native is majoring in elementary education and graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School. She is the daughter of Ms. Debra Carson and Mr. George Carson, Jr.

    Tara Grayson, a senior from Hazel Green, is a member of the Homecoming court. Grayson is a biology comprehensive major. A graduate of Hazel Green High School, she is a member of several UWA organizations, including the Stars of Alabama Dance Team; UWA Choir and Singers; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Baptist Campus Ministries; Tri Beta biology honor society; Blue Key honor society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta Club. Grayson has served as an Orientation leader and is marketing director for the Campus Activities Board. She is the daughter of Kim and James Grayson.

    Katie Kite, a junior from Jemison, is a member of the Homecoming court. Kite is majoring in athletic training. A graduate of Hope Christian School, Kite’s campus involvement includes the Sports Medicine Club; Baptist Campus Ministries; and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kite has also served as a UWA Ambassador. Kite is the daughter of Pamela and Bill Kite.

    Teia Lee, a junior from Meridian, Miss., is a member of the Homecoming court. Lee is a psychology major, with a minor in theatre. A graduate of Northeast Lauderdale High School, Lee is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, for which she serves as chapter historian, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Since her freshman year in 2009, Lee has served as stage manager for UWA Theatre productions. She is the daughter of Lisa Lee and Kip and Teresa Hodges.

    Hannah Riley, a junior from Quitman, Miss., is a member of the Homecoming court. Riley is an English major, with a minor in journalism. As a freshman and sophomore, she was a member of the Scarlet Band from Tiger Land. Riley is an active member of UWA’s Student Government Association, having served past years as freshman and sophomore senator, and currently as college of liberal arts senator. She is vice president of Livingston Early Alumni Development (LEAD). She has served several terms as resident assistant for UWA Housing and is an anchor for UWA’s Studio 96 student newscast. Riley is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society. She is the daughter of Tommie Ann and Michael Riley.

    Amber G. Walker, a senior from Meridian, Miss., is a member of the Homecoming court. Walker is pursuing a double major in nursing and business administration. A Meridian High School graduate, Walker is active in several academic organizations, including Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and the Student Nurses’ Association. Walker serves as resident assistant for the UWA Wesley Foundation and is a member of Blue Key honor society. She is the daughter of Romande G. Walker.

    The court will ride through downtown Livingston in the Homecoming parade Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. Crowning of the queen and presentation of her court will take place during halftime of the UWA-Southern Arkansas football game at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.

    Pictured left to right are freshman maid Libby Hankins (Gordo); members of the court, senior Tara Grayson (Hazel Green), junior Teia Lee (Meridian, Miss.), senior Amber G. Walker (Meridian, Miss.), junior Hannah Riley (Quitman, Miss.), junior Katie Kite (Jemison); and sophomore maid Alexandria Carson (Northport).
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