McManus, French named Homecoming queen, king for 2017

Jacob French and Briana McManus celebrate after being recognized as Homecoming royalty during a rainy football halftime at WCU.

Briana Callie McManus, a senior from Cary majoring in music education, and Jacob William French, a senior from Reidsville majoring in business administration and law, were announced as Western Carolina University’s Homecoming queen and king Saturday, Oct. 28.

The announcement was made during halftime of WCU’s football game versus Furman University.

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 in October to choose the king and queen.

A graduate of Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, McManus is the daughter of Cecil McManus and Sarah McManus. French is a graduate of Rockingham County High School in Reidsville and is the son of Kimberly Brown.