Article by Laura O’Neill.
The Pearl River Community College student body has elected the Homecoming Court for 2022. Their official presentation will be just prior to the Pearl River versus Copiah-Lincoln football game on Oct. 13. They will ride to Dobie Holden Stadium in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the nursing building and ending at Old Stadium Drive in time for Wildcat Walk at 5:30 p.m. The official court presentation on the field is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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The 2022 Homecoming Queen is Picayune resident, Kallie Hunt.
Hunt is the daughter of DeAnna and Jason Hunt. Hunt was a graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, where she was an honor roll student and a member of the Student Council as well as the Lady Tide Softball and Volleyball teams. She played on the PRCC Softball team last year and currently serves as their athletic trainer. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Iota Mu Chapter and Liberty Baptist Church. After completing her associate degree in Business Marketing and Management, she plans to attend the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in Daphne, Alabama.
“I consider it an honor to be chosen by my peers as their Homecoming Queen,” said Hunt. “I love PRCC, and I am blessed to represent the school that means so much to me.”
Serving as PRCC Homecoming Queen runs in the family as Hunt’s grandmother, Lynda (Owen) Dossett, was elected as Queen for the 1964 Homecoming Court.
This year’s Freshman Maids are Bailey Coker from Petal, KyLee Cooper from Hattiesburg, Bailey Craft from Picayune, and Alexis Steele from Pearlington.
Coker is the daughter of Clint and Suzy Coker (Monticello) and David and Mandi Roberts. She graduated from Petal High School where she was active in volunteer work. She is currently working on her basic classes with the goal of attending the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics.
“I am so thankful and blessed beyond measures to be the 2022/2023 Freshman Maid for the Forrest County Campus!” said Coker. “The River is an amazing place filled with the most amazing people. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to go to a school that puts its students first and cares so much about their students’ goals.”
Cooper is the daughter of Jamie Fantroy (Houston, TX) and Morris Cooper (New Augusta.) She graduated from Perry Central High School where she served as treasurer for National Technical Honor Society and Health Occupations Students of America. She is currently studying nursing and plans to continue her education at Southern University in New Orleans with a master’s degree in nursing as her goal.
“It’s honestly an honor to be selected as one of the freshman homecoming maids,” said Cooper. “I feel honored that my peers voted for me and allowed me to represent as Poplarville Freshman Maid. I couldn’t be any happier!”
Craft is the daughter of Amanda and Chad Craft. She graduated from Picayune Memorial High School where she played varsity soccer and tennis. She is a member of the William Lewis Honor Institute studying nursing and is active at The Life Church in Picayune. She plans to continue her education to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Steele is the daughter of Jessica and Tommy Steele. She graduated from Hancock High School where she was the captain of the color guard and volunteered as a face painter at different church and community events. She is planning to complete her associate degree in nursing with the desire to get a job as an RN before continuing her education to work in pediatrics.
“It means a lot to be selected as a PRCC Homecoming Freshman Maid because of the love and acceptance I’ve steadily gotten since becoming a Wildcat,” said Steele.
Sophomore Maids for 2022 are Aliciana Carter from Picayune, Olivia Fairley from Purvis, Jazzalyn Gelinas from Bay St. Louis, and Alexis Johnston from Richton.
Carter is the daughter of Leslie and Jonathan Smith. Carter was a graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, where she was part of the Show Choir, the Pride of the Tide, as well as Lady Tide Softball and Volleyball teams. She is currently in the Medical Laboratory Technology program and captain of the String of Pearls dance team. She was also chosen as Queen for the 2021 Homecoming Court. After PRCC, Carter plans to attend LSU for a Medical Laboratory Science degree.
“Being selected as a homecoming maid is such an honor, and it is also an honor to pass down my crown to our wonderful Queen this year,” said Carter. “Pearl River Community College gave me a great start of new friendships and memories that I will cherish forever, and that is what I love about my school! Finally, I also want to thank my fellow peers for choosing me as their 2022 Sophomore maid.”
Fairley is the daughter of Gloria Harris, Cedric Fairley, and Isaac Reed. She graduated from Purvis High School where she was on the Homecoming Court her senior year. She is currently studying psychology and working in the library. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and become a social worker.
“I feel so honored to be voted as PRCC’s sophomore maid shout out to my peers,” said Fairley. “One thing I love about The River is everybody is so friendly and nice!”
Gelinas is the daughter of Shannon and Gerard Gelinas. She is a graduate of Bay High School where she was on the choir team and took occupational health courses. She is currently in the Business Management and Entrepreneurship program, was Freshman Maid for the 2021 Homecoming Court, and is an entrepreneur who owns her own vinyl company and sells baked goods. She has a vision of opening a bakery and becoming a licensed herbalist.
“Being selected as a 2022 Sophomore Maid is something that gives me a sense of security and pride that I am on the right path and in the right school” said Gelinas. “My pride in PRCC motivates me to always Persevere, have Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence.”
Johnston is the daughter of Kristen and Charles Cochran. She graduated from First Assembly Christian Academy during which time she played volleyball and softball in an out of school league. She is currently a River Navigator who helps represent PRCC to prospective students, was Freshman Maid for the 2021 Homecoming Court, and is a member of Runnelstown Baptist Church. She is planning to complete her associate degree in dental hygiene and work at a clinic with kids.
“For me being able to represent the homecoming court is an honor,” said Johnston. “I’m humbled my classmates elected me as their Sophomore Maid and I’m thankful for the opportunity to make new friends and represent PRCC.”
Beginning Monday, October 10, Pearl River will be hosting several events for faculty, students, and the community in the leadup to Thursday’s game. Check back at PRCC.edu for a full list of events.