Ten students selected for Homecoming Court

Members of Western Carolina University’s 2010 Homecoming Court are, back row from left, Jessie Lay, Rakim Lash, Adam Ray, Romie Patel and Kaci Thornburg; and, front row from left, Keith Marwitz, Billie Jeanne Curns, Tiffany Carroll, Kayla Sprague and Brandon Parsley.

Members of Western Carolina University’s 2010 Homecoming Court are, back row from left, Jessie Lay, Rakim Lash, Adam Ray, Romie Patel and Kaci Thornburg; and, front row from left, Keith Marwitz, Billie Jeanne Curns, Tiffany Carroll, Kayla Sprague and Brandon Parsley.

Five women and five men have been selected for Western Carolina University’s 2010 Homecoming Court.

The court will be presented and the king and queen crowned during halftime activities at WCU’s football game against Samford on Saturday, Oct. 9.  The game begins at 3 p.m.

In addition, they will participate in the Homecoming parade, which begins in downtown Sylva at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.

Seeking the title of queen:

  • Jessie Lee Lay, a junior elementary education major from Matthews, is sponsored by the Western Carolina PEAKS Council. A 2008 graduate of David W. Butler High School, Lay is the daughter of Kelly and Mark Lay. She is involved in Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Reformed University Fellowship, and is an orientation counselor and resident assistant.
  • Tiffany Mashay Carroll, a senior hospitality and tourism and marketing major from Newton, is sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta sorority. A 2007 graduate of Murphy High School, Carroll is the daughter of Julie Dixon Carroll and Michael David Carroll. She is involved in Alpha Xi Delta sorority; GAMMA, the umbrella organization that works with the Greek community and the WCU health and wellness centers to promote healthy lifestyles and responsible behaviors; Greek Council; WCU Club Managers Association of America and Honors College, and serves as an orientation counselor and Cat Camp counselor.
  • Billie Jeanne Curns, a senior music education major from Hayesville, is sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega sorority. A 2007 graduate of Hayesville High School, Curns is the daughter of Janet and Bill Curns. She is involved with the WCU Honors College and is a staff coordinator for the WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, a N.C. Teaching Fellow, president of Order of Omega honorary organization, and a Chancellor’s Ambassador.
  • Kayla Nicole Sprague, a senior criminal justice major from Kernersville, is sponsored by Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. A 2007 graduate of Glenn High School, Sprague is the daughter of Trish and Ed Sprague. She has been a resident assistant for three years and is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.
  • Kaci Dora Thornburg, a senior recreational therapy major from Cherryville, is sponsored by the Academic Success Program. A 2007 graduate of Cherryville High School, Thornburg is the daughter of Melanie and Vee Thornburg.

Seeking the title of king:

  • Rakim Rayshawn Lash, a sophomore political science major from Eden, is sponsored by the Resident Student Association. A 2009 graduate of South Stokes High School, Lash is the son of Annissia R. and Shawn C. Brown. He is involved with the Student Government Association, Diversity Council and Organization of Ebony Students, and is a diversity senator, a mentor with WCU’s Black Educational Support Team and a fitness assistant at the Campus Recreation Center.
  • Keith Alexander Marwitz, a senior social science education from Indian Trail, is sponsored by the WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. A 2006 graduate of Sun Valley High School, Marwitz is the son of Melodie and Kurt Marwitz. He is woodwind coordinator for the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, president of Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity and a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He has been named to the Dean’s List every semester of his academic career at WCU.
  • Brandon Keith Parsley, a senior construction management major from Kernersville, is sponsored by Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. A 2007 graduate of Glenn High School, Parsley is the son of Sandra and Keith Parsley. He is the president of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
  • Romie Patel, a senior business administration and law major with a minor in leadership from Ocala, Fla., is sponsored by WCU Orientation Programs. A 2007 graduate of Vance High School in Charlotte, Patel is the son of Hema and Dipak Patel.
  • Christopher Adam Ray, a sophomore social science education major with a concentration in history and minor in German from Cullowhee, is sponsored by the Teaching Fellows Program. A 2009 graduate of Smoky Mountain High School, Ray is the son of Deb and Chris Ray.

Visit http://homecoming.wcu.edu for a full schedule of Homecoming events.