Ten students in running for titles of Homecoming king, queen at WCU

Members of WCU’s 2016 Homecoming court are (front, from left) Avery Garrett Morgan, Alexandra Renae Brunt, Kendrick DeAndrae Johnson, Leah Carol Gryder, Hlekani Nonqeba Totten, (back, from left) Darius Jamal Williams, Alexis Anne Ross, Trevor Keith Crouch, Adam Vincent Hampton and Brandi Alyssa Bruton.

Members of WCU’s 2016 Homecoming court are (front, from left) Avery Garrett Morgan, Alexandra Renae Brunt, Kendrick DeAndrae Johnson, Leah Carol Gryder, Hlekani Nonqeba Totten, (back, from left) Darius Jamal Williams, Alexis Anne Ross, Trevor Keith Crouch, Adam Vincent Hampton and Brandi Alyssa Bruton.

Ten Western Carolina University students, including five women and five men, have been named to the Homecoming court for 2016.

The court will be presented and Homecoming king and queen announced during halftime activities at WCU’s home football game against the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

WCU students voted online in September to choose their top 10 candidates for king and top 10 candidates for queen from a pool of entrants. A Homecoming court panel conducted interviews with each of the 20 candidates, and then, based on the interview sessions and letters of recommendation from WCU faculty or staff, narrowed the pool of candidates down to the five men and five women who make up this year’s court. The WCU student body voted earlier this month to choose the king and queen.

Members of the court will participate in WCU’s Homecoming parade that begins in downtown Sylva at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

Seeking the title of queen:

Alexandra Renae Brunt, a senior from Matthews majoring in marketing. A graduate of Queen’s Grant High School in Mint Hill, she is the daughter of Chip and Sandy Brunt.

Brandi Alyssa Bruton, a senior from Millers Creek majoring in English and Spanish. A graduate of West Wilkes High School in Millers Creek, she is the daughter of Jerry Bruton and Carla Smith.

Leah Carol Gryder, a senior from Advance majoring in elementary education. A graduate of Davie County High School in Advance, she is the daughter of Douglas and Patti Gryder.

Alexis Anne Ross, a senior from Clyde majoring in nursing. A graduate of Green Hope High School in Cary, she is the daughter of Kevin and Debbie Ross.

Hlekani Nonqeba Totten, a senior from Greensboro majoring in political science. A graduate of Vandalia Christian School in Greensboro, she is the daughter of Merdig and Shawnea Totten.

Seeking the title of king:

Trevor Keith Crouch, a senior from Murphy majoring in marketing. A graduate of Murphy High School in Murphy, he is the son of Paul Crouch and Stacy Allore.

Adam Vincent Hampton, a junior from Raleigh majoring in accounting, and business administration and law. A graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, he is the son of Ken and Joan Hampton.

Kendrick DeAndrae Johnson, a senior from Mooresville majoring in psychology. A graduate of Mooresville High School in Mooresville, he is the son of Charron Walker and Shorda Johnson.

Avery Garrett Morgan, a junior from Weaverville majoring in emergency medical care. A graduate of West Henderson High School in Hendersonville, he is the son of Jon Morgan and Kelly Barnett.

Darius Jamal Williams, a junior from Indian Trail majoring in theatre arts. A graduate of Central Academy of Technology and Arts in Monroe, he is the son of Gemetrius McNeil and Victoria Williams-McNeil.

For a full schedule of Homecoming events at WCU, visit homecoming.wcu.edu.