On Thursday, Oct. 21, Holmes Community College hosted its annual Homecoming celebration on the Goodman Campus. Jordan Hughes of Kosciusko, daughter of Patricia and Jack Hughes, was crowned 2021 Homecoming Queen at halftime. Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey crowned the queen, Alumni Association President Derek Starling presented her robe and Goodman Campus Vice President Andy Wood presented her flowers. Hughes was escorted by Cordarius Brown of Madison.
Prior to the Homecoming Court Presentation, the Holmes Marching Band, directed by Jeffrey Brown and Terry Miller, performed on the field. The rest of the Goodman Campus court included: Student Body Maid Hayley Haffey of Kosciusko and her escort Carter May; Sophomore Maid Jordan Pritchard of Lexington and her escort Will Cook; Sophomore Maid Lindsey Kate Turner of Sallis and her escort Evan Scott; Freshman Maid Aasjahla Tinae Garron of Winona and her escort Eric Gibbs and Freshman Maid Kelsey Gilmore of Lexington and her escort Brody Wilks.
Ridgeland Campus court members were as follows: Student Body Maid Bethany Biggers of Canton and her escort Nick Foreman; Sophomore Maid Taylor Barnes of Wiggins and her escort Elijah Hudson; Sophomore Maid Brooklyn Gaddis of Brandon and her escort R.J. Thompson; Freshman Maid Arian Felton of Madison and her escort Chris Carter and Freshman Maid Hailey Jacks of Birmingham, Alabama, and her escort Jon Dylan Wilcher.
Finally, Grenada Campus court members included: Student Body Maid Jamya Faith Benson of Grenada and her escort Nicholas Johnson; Sophomore Maid Hannah Briscoe of Grenada and her escort Michael Buchanan; Sophomore Maid Martha Clark Robertson of Greenwood and her escort Reid Mullen; Freshman Maid Alyssa Campbell of Grenada and her escort Lane Lemley and Freshman Maid Sadie Roberts of Oakland and her escort Dawson Carnathan.
This year’s football game against the Mississippi Delta Community College Rangers kicked off at 3 p.m. and the Bulldogs fell to the Rangers 41-13. Prior to kick-off, the Chorale sang the national anthem, and the Homecoming Honorees were recognized on the field. Honorees included: Alumna of the Year, Doris Belk of Kosciusko; Distinguished Service Award recipient, Dr. Brady Richardson of Kosciusko; Young Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Dustin Gentry of Louisville and Veteran of the Year John Wallas of Canton.
Homecoming festivities kicked off with a Visual Arts Display in the McMorrough Library at 8 a.m. and a FunRun hosted by Holmes’ Occupational Therapy Assistant program at 9 a.m. The softball, baseball and basketball teams played inter-squad scrimmages, as well. Academic Programs and Career-Technical Education hosted a Career and Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. in the Grove and at the same time, Workforce Development hosted “Major’s Truck Expo” with all of the big industry vehicles on display for guests coming to campus.
The honorees were recognized in McDaniel Auditorium at 10 a.m. followed by the debut performance from the Holmes Connection! and Coachmen at 10:30 a.m.
Other mid-day activities included food trucks, fun and games in the Grove accompanied with live music by Mississippi Songwriter of the Year Finalist Lauren Lindsay and the Holmes Jazz Band. At noon, the Holmes Chorale performed a variety of their music in the Chapel on the Hill. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and guests also enjoyed tailgating and a pep rally prior to kick-off.
Leading up to Homecoming Day, all the campuses had an opportunity to show their school spirit with designated dress-up days. Monday was Favorite Band T-Shirt Day, Tuesday was Animal Print Day, Wednesday was Tacky Christmas Day and Thursday was School Spirit Day, where everyone was encouraged to wear the Homecoming t-shirt.
For more information about Holmes Homecoming or other alumni events, contact Katherine Ellard at email@example.com.
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Pictured are (left to right) Goodman Campus Vice President Andy Wood, the Queen’s escort Cordarius Brown, 2021 Homecoming Queen Jordan Hughes, Holmes President Dr. Jim Haffey and Alumni Association President Derek Starling.