Ten students vying for Homecoming king, queen

Ten Western Carolina University students, including five women and five men, have been named to the Homecoming court for 2015.

Members of WCU’s Homecoming court for 2015 are (front, from left) Temi-Tope Adeleye, Mali Gunawardena, Erin Phillips, Caroline Pierce, Victoria Johnson, (back, from left) Davis Wilson, Marcus Hartsell, Devyn Jones, Connor Kick and Caleb Hutcherson.

Members of WCU’s Homecoming court for 2015 are (front, from left) Temi-Tope Adeleye, Mali Gunawardena, Erin Phillips, Caroline Pierce, Victoria Johnson, (back, from left) Davis Wilson, Marcus Hartsell, Devyn Jones, Connor Kick and Caleb Hutcherson.

The court will be presented and Homecoming king and queen announced during halftime activities at WCU’s home football game against Samford on Saturday, Oct. 24. 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 select 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. 23.

Seeking the title of queen:

Temi-Tope Adewumni Adeleye, a senior from Snellville, Georgia, majoring in communication. A graduate of South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, she is the daughter of Risi Abioye.

Lakmali Pradima Gunawardena, a senior from Knightdale majoring in sociology. A graduate of Knightdale High School in Knightdale, she is the daughter of Prabhath and Deepthika Gunawardena.

Victoria Leslie Johnson, a senior from Matthews majoring in accounting. A graduate of Butler High School in Matthews, she is the daughter of Les and Marianne Johnson.

Erin Nicole Phillips, a senior from Morganton majoring in elementary education. A graduate of Freedom High School in Morganton, she is the daughter of Ed Phillips and Karen Phillips.

Caroline Bethany Pierce, a senior from Hickory majoring in social work. A graduate of East Burke High School in Connelly Springs, she is the daughter of Bud and Julie Pierce.

Seeking the title of king:

Marcus Gage Hartsell, a senior from Randleman majoring in criminal justice and psychology. A graduate of Randleman High School in Randleman, he is the son of Mark and Teresa Hartsell.

Caleb Scott Hutcherson, a senior from Lexington majoring in hospitality and tourism. A graduate of North Davidson High School in Lexington, he is the son of Jeff and Jill Hutcherson.

Montel Devyn Jones, a sophomore from Duluth, Georgia, majoring in biology. A graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia, he is the son of Darnel and Monique Jones.

Connor James Kick, a senior from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, majoring in communication. A graduate of Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville, he is the son of Scott and Marcy Kick.

Davis Chandler Wilson, a sophomore from Hookerton majoring in recreational therapy. A graduate of Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, he is the son of Ledford Wilson and Lisa Wilson.

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

 

(Added Oct. 26: Homecoming Photo Gallery)