JCJC Announces Homecoming Court 2013

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: Teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-10-03 08:22:29

ELLISVILLE–Jones County Junior College announces its 2013 Homecoming Court.  Elections were held in September and students chose the following ladies to represent them during Homecoming.

Queen: Emily Miller of Laurel is majoring in occupational therapy. She is currently Jasper County’s Miss Hospitality and she is busy at JCJC as a member of the Student Government Association, the English Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Delta, the math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta and the Philosophy Club.  Last year, Miller served in the Homecoming court as freshman maid, she danced on the Touch of Gold dance team at JCJC, and she was one of the “Top 5” in the JCJC Beauty Pageant, elected as a Freshman Class Favorite and received the Letter “J” Award.  At Stringer Attendance Center, she was busy as cheer captain of the Varsity Squad and was named All-American Cheerleader. Other honors include graduating in the Top 10 of her graduating class, being on the Superintendent’s List, recognized as a National Society of Distinguished High School Scholar, earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award, being elected Most Beautiful, Most Courteous, Campus Favorite and Best All-Around in “Who's Who” at Stringer Attendance Center. Miller was also a member of the Beta Club, Drama Club, Spanish Club, FCA and student council in high school. Her future plans include graduating from Jones and continuing her education at Mississippi State University as a Kinesiology major and earning her master’s degree in occupational therapy, with aspirations of opening a gym. Dodie and Rod Miller are Emily’s parents.

Escorting Miller will be Gil Odom of Bay Springs. The poultry science major is the chair of the activities committee in the Agriculture Science Club and stays active on the intramural football, basketball and softball teams at Jones. The Sylva Bay Academy graduate played football, basketball, baseball, track, golf and tennis, and was the Vice President of the Student Council and a member of the FCA. Odom graduated with Honors and was bestowed with the “Saint Award” while also earning 1st team All-District honors in football and basketball. The sophomore plans to graduate from JCJC, transfer to MSU and hopefully work with Sanderson Farms.  Chuck and Melanie Odom are Gil’s parents.

Student Body Maid: Shamia Leverette is majoring journalism and public relations. The Byram native is a member of the Jones concert choir, SGA and she received the Letter “J” Award and a JCJC Foundation scholarship. At JCJC she is also serving as a yearbook editor, a resident assistant in the dorm, and she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Her high school activities include being a member of the Beta Club, playing on the varsity volleyball team and being elected as parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, Best Dressed, winning the Most Beautiful Pageant and placing 3rd in the Teen Excellence Pageant. The sophomore’s plans include pursuing a degree in journalism and public relations at the University of Georgia and working as a magazine editor-in-chief. Her parents are Andrew and Jacqueline Leverette.

Escorting Leverette is Willie Hickman Jr. of Louisville. The physical therapy-athletic training major is a member of the Student Government Association at JCJC. In high school, he was a member of the marching band and was voted “Most Outstanding Freshman.” Hickman plans to continue his education at the University of Southern Mississippi. His parents are Marita and Willie Hickman.

Sophomore Maid:Raleigh native, Dana Arender is majoring in special education. Her JCJC activities and honors include being a member of the Lady Bobcat state championship softball team her freshmen year and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Arender was active in high school as a member of the FFA, FCA, 4-H, Teen Council, Lady Lion Softball team, and yearbook. She was elected Class President, Vice President of Student Council, Homecoming Court all four years, and she was selected for Who’s Who Among High School students, awarded Most Valuable Player and All-District player and was chosen to play in the Mississippi All-Star softball games in 2011 and 2012. Her future plans include earning a degree in special education from William Carey University. Jamie and Connie Arender are Dana’s parents.

Arender’s escort is Luke Cargile of Raleigh. The pre-medicine major was busy in high school playing football and tennis and was selected as Mr. Raleigh High School. Cargile’s plans include going to USM to become a registered nurse. Shan and Mandy Cargile are Luke’s parents.
Sophomore Maid: Whitney Smithof Ellisville is a business information systems major. At JCJC, she is a member of SGA, Mu Alpha Theta, Sigma Kappa Delta, and is a Diamond Girl for the Bobcat Baseball team and a yearbook photographer. Smith was busy at South Jones High School as a member of the show choir, band, dance team and Key Club. Her future plans include finishing her education at MSU and climbing the corporate ladder of a major company or starting her own business. Whitney’s parents are Ed and Patti Smith.

Smith’s escort is Trace Johnson of Seminary. The forestry major kept busy at South Jones High School playing baseball and was a member of the forestry club, show choir and a Mississippi Scholar. Johnson’s future plans include pursing his degree in forestry at MSU. Paul and Dianne Johnson are Trace’s parents.

Freshman Maid:  Rachel Savage of Brandon is a nursing major. At Jones, the East Rankin Academy graduate is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Threads College Ministry team, SGA, and a Senator for Anderson Hall. In high school, she graduated with honors and was a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the ACT Academic Team. She also played basketball, soccer and track while also involved in a homeless ministry. Savage’s goal includes earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing with plans to become a nurse practitioner. Her parents are Jay and Melanie Savage.

Savage’s escort is William Folkes from Oak Grove.  The history major is busy at Jones as Freshmen Class President, and he is a member of the Bobcat Brigade, SGA and Threads College Ministry team.  In high school, Folkes graduated from Oak Grove with honors, and lettered in both baseball and basketball while also being involved in Beta Club, FCA, and the Writer’s Club and he was chosen as “Mr. Oak Grove.”  His future plans include continuing his education at the University of Mississippi to pursue a law degree. Wayne and Karen Folkes are William’s parents. 

Freshman Maid: Myja McKenzie is majoring in psychology. The Columbia native was busy in high school playing fast-pitch softball, and she was on the dance and track teams. The East Marion high school graduate was also a member of the Future Educators Association honor society. McKenzie’s future plans include transferring to the University of Southern Mississippi and starting her own business.  Myjellious and Monica McKenzie are Myja’s parents.

Myja’s escort is Adrian Williams from Jackson. The physical therapy major is a member of the JCJC basketball team. He also played basketball for Jim Hill High School. Williams’ future plans include earning his degree and starting his own physical therapy business. Eddie Williams and Linda Grimes are Adrian’s parents.

The JCJC Homecoming court will also have represented as the flower girl, Abigal Walters of Petal. The five-year old is in K-4 at Presbyterian Christian School and is the daughter of Mark and Megan Walters. Kyron Murphy is a first grader at South Jones Elementary School and will serve as crown bearer for the 2013 Homecoming Court. The six-year old is the son of Matthew and Kourtney Murphy. 


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