On Thursday, Nov. 12, Holmes Community College hosted its annual Homecoming celebration on the Goodman Campus. Because of COVID-19, the college did not hold a day full of activities as the school traditionally does, but the Homecoming Court was still recognized. Mikayla Williams of Yazoo City, daughter of Bernitta Jones and Darion Williams, was crowned 2020 Homecoming Queen at halftime. Goodman Campus Vice President Andy Wood crowned the queen, Alumni Association President Dr. James Young presented her robe and Ridgeland Campus Vice President Dr. Don Burnham presented her flowers. 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: Jordyn Nichelle Manning of Canton, Sophomore Maid Kaleigh Cosgrove of Little Rock, Sophomore Maid Shawanda Ne’Asha Gray of Enterprise, Freshman Maid Amarie Haylee Anderson of Baldwyn and Freshman Maid Madison Odom of Kosciusko.
Ridgeland Campus Homecoming Maids were as follows: Student Body Maid Deja Armoni Sloan of Madison, Sophomore Maid Taylor Madison Ervin of McComb, Sophomore Maid Holley Kendall Yates of Pisgah, Freshman Maid Brooklyn Gaddis of Flowood and Freshman Maid Breanna Alexis McBrain of Madison.
Finally, Grenada Campus Maids were: Student Body Maid Isabelle Sanders of Carrollton, Sophomore Maid Dalphne Hemphill of Winona, Sophomore Maid Prashauda Roneicia Marie West of Grenada, Freshman Maid Mary Grace Brooks of Winona and Freshman Maid Terra Elizabeth West of Grenada.
This year’s football game against the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers kicked off at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs fell to the Rangers 41-13.
Prior to kickoff, the Holmes Marching Band performed the national anthem, the cheerleaders performed and the Alumni of the Year were recognized on the field. The Alumni of the Year recipients were also presented with plaques prior to the football game. Honorees included: Young Alumnus of the Year Gerry Austin Taylor, Alumnus of the Year David C. Hudson, Veteran Honoree Eric Payton-Gilkey and Distinguished Service Award recipient Clytice Robertson Gardner. Gardner was unable to attend.
Leading up to Homecoming Day, all the campuses had an opportunity to show their school spirit with designated dress-up days. Monday was Crazy Hair Day, Tuesday was Red, White & Blue Day, Wednesday was Favorite Movie Character 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.