Students celebrate Homecoming 2012

Posted on 11 October 2012 by

Brian Alexander and Ali Herrera were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. From left are Tom Moody, Herrera, Alexander and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum.

Homecoming 2012 was celebrated by students during the week of September 24-29 culminating with the football game and crowning of Homecoming King and Queen.

The week included a variety of activities, including some friendly competition in laser tag and a “paint war.” Students also had the opportunity to vote for their choices for Homecoming King and Queen.

Crowned this year were seniors Brian Alexander, an education major from Union Point, Ga., and Ali Herrera, a studio art major from Redding, Conn.

Alexander is a member of the Tusculum College Pioneer Football team, of which he is captain and serves as its representative to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His future plans include becoming a teacher, influencing the lives of young people in a positive way.

Herrera is a member of the Community Standards Board, Voices Against Violence and a work study for the Student Affairs Office. Her future plans include taking her leadership and abilities back to her hometown and pursuing a career that makes challenges and contributions to the world.

Ashley Sarmiento, left, and Steven Hollingshead were voted Junior Princess and Prince.

Selected junior class prince and princess were Steven Hollingshead and Ashley Sarmiento.

Hollingshead is a junior political science and business administration major from Memphis, Tenn. He is a member of the Bonner Leaders and the Student Activities Board, president of the Black Student Union, TCTD parliamentarian and president of the Student Government Association. His future plans are to attend graduate school for a combined graduate degree in law and business.

Sarmiento is a double major in mathematics and mathematics education grades 7-12. She is a member of the Pioneer Volleyball team, president of PSAAC, an academic tutor and an officer of Pioneer Nation. Her future plans include teaching high school math and coaching volleyball.

Other senior representatives on the Homecoming Court were Ashley Fritz, Shaquita Harris, Isiah Lyman and Aaron Vaught.

Fritz is a psychology major hailing from Gate City, Va. She is the president of the Psychology Club, chair of the TISL delegation, secretary of the Black Student Union, treasurer of the Pioneer Green Team, SGA representative, mentor of Psi Chi, member of the Honors Program and Student Activities Board. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school for psychology or law and eventually become a published author.

Lyman is a political science and history major from Phoenix, Ariz. He is a peer tutor, former SGA president, member of the Debate Club, member of the Bonner Leaders organization and a Sodexo employee. His future plans include attending the University of Richmond Law School and practicing law.

Harris is an early childhood education major from Chattanooga, Tenn. She is a resident assistant for the residence life program, an orientation leader for new incoming students and a Sodexo employee. She plans to teach a pre-k or kindergarten class after graduation because she loves being around children.

Vaught is a psychology major from Wytheville, Va. He is a resident assistant for the residence life program, clerk of the TISL delegation and member of the Psychology Club. His future plans include pursuing a graduate degree in counseling psychology.

Also representing the junior class on the Homecoming Court were Sarah Jackson and Trevor Long.

Jackson is a junior special education major from Duluth, Ga. She is a resident assistant, active member of the Students for Christ Gospel Choir, vice president of the Black Student Union and a member of the food committee. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and obtain a master’s degree.

Long is a junior political science major from Bristol, Va. He is a member of the Student Government Association and recently served as the freshman and sophomore senator. He plans to work in the political or legal field after graduation.

Sophomore representatives on the Homecoming Court were Ian Allison and Billi McKenzie.

Allison is a biology major from Alpharetta, Ga. He is a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, Tusculum College Jazz Band as the string bass player and the Bass in Original band. In the future, he plans to become either a veterinarian or medical physician.

McKenzie is a museum studies and history major from Allegan Mich. She is a member of the Tusculum College Marching Band Color Guard. She plans to work in the museum profession after graduation.

Tiarra Johnson and Paul Johnston, Jr., represented the freshman class on the Homecoming Court.

Johnson is a digital media and journalism major from Memphis, Tenn. She is a member of the cheerleading squad, Student Activities Board and the Black Student Union. Her future plans are to obtain a doctorate, work as a journalist and become a celebrity television host.

Johnston is a freshman museum studies major from Smryna, Del. He is a member of the Venture Crew and Museum Club. He will be competing in the 2013 Special Olympic Winter Games in South Korea for Alpine Skiing. He wishes to complete a doctorate in museum studies, work in a museum as a curator and eventually open his own museum.

The Homecoming Court included, from left, Ian Allison, Trevor Long, Sarah Jackson, Aaron Vaught, Shaquita Harris, Tom Moody, Ali Herrera, Dr. Moody, Ashley Fritz, Isiah Lyman, Ashley Sarmiento, Steven Hollingshead, Tiarra Johnson and Paul Johnston, Jr.

Halftime also featured a special rhythm and blues show by the Tusculum College Marching Band who were joined by the College’s Dance Team as well as the Kevin Wilder Group and the “Blues Brothers (a.k.a. Dean of Students David McMahan, student Steven Hollingshead and alumnus Darlene “Honey” McCleish.

The Kevin Wilder Group along with the Tusculum Marching Band perform "Soul Man" with help from the Blues Brothers (Dr. David McMahan, Honey McCleish and Steven Hollingshead).


The Dance Team join the band to perform during halftime.

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