Pearl River has plenty to celebrate during 111th Homecoming

Submitted by akennedy on October 2, 2019 – 2:28pm

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College is set to host its 111th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct.12 2019 on the Poplarville campus. Festivities will start as early as 10 a.m.

This year’s Homecoming theme is “Hear Our ROAR,” which embodies all the positive things happening at The River and gives members of the Wildcat Family to share what PRCC means to them. The college is inviting all Wildcats to join in remembering days of The River’s past and look forward to what lies ahead in the Wildcat story. The day will be full of activities for all ages.


The college is set to host a variety of events to involve students, alumni and community members alike.

WILDCAT CHEER CLINIC (10 a.m.-Noon): PRCC Wildcat Cheer will be hosting a clinic in the Marvin R. White Coliseum. All future Wildcats 2 and up are encouraged to participate. Register by visiting The cost is $25.

PRCC MUSEUM EXHIBITS (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): The PRCC Museum will be open to visitors from 10-2 p.m. to view new college history exhibits for 2019.

ALUMNI OPEN HOUSE/VOICES ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE (10:30 a.m.): The Voices Ensemble will perform in the gazebo by the Verlene Cole Alumni House which will also be hosting its open house at that time.

COMMUNITY CARNIVAL (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.): The Community Carnival, which is open to the public, will be from 11-2 p.m. in front of the Garvin H. Johnston Library. This event includes a rock wall, petting zoo, inflatables, face painting, food vendors and games.

HOMECOMING LUNCHEON (11 a.m.): The Homecoming luncheon is a joint celebration for alumni, five Sports Hall of Fame inductees and the 1969 Class Reunion. The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Olivia Bender Cafeteria in Crosby Hall.

ALUMNI TAILGATING (1:30 p.m.): Tailgating for the 1969 Alumni Reunion Tent will be in the south end zone 1:30 p.m. in Dobie Holden Stadium.

PEARL RIVER VS. SOUTHWEST (2 p.m.): The Pearl River Wildcats will kick off against the Southwest Bears in Dobie Holden Stadium at 2 p.m. PRCC will honor the 2019 Homecoming Court, Sports Hall of Fame inductees and 2019 Region XXIII Champion baseball team during the game.

For more information on Homecoming, how to register for the 1969 reunion or to purchase a luncheon ticket, contact Alumni Coordinator Traci Spence at 601-403-1193 or


Pearl River Community College’s student body has elected its 2019-20 Homecoming Court; Patricia La’Shae Reese of Bassfield was chosen as the Homecoming Queen.

Also elected are freshmen Maids Casey Lewis of Jayess, Ariana Moody and Brandie Hust of Bay St. Louis. Sophomore Maids include Tamija Griffin of Hattiesburg, Cameron Carter of Picayune, Jessica Gauthreaux of Bay St. Louis, Kennedy Clairette Thompson of Richton and Riley Cleveland of Hattiesburg.

Reese is the daughter of the late Regina Anderson, and Carl and Venetia Anderson. Reese attended Jefferson Davis County High School where she was cheer captain, Miss JDCHS, historian, 2017-18 Homecoming Queen, a member of the Beta Club and the NAACP. Reese attends the Poplarville campus and is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management. During her time at PRCC she has been involved in various activities including Phi Theta Kappa, Nu Alpha Theta, member of the Spirit of the River Marching Band, and holding the office of Student Government Association President. After PRCC she plans to open a fitness facility and offer training to athletes.

Lewis is the daughter of Randy and Lesia Lewis. Lewis attended Lawrence County High School where she was a member of the varsity basketball team for four years as well as a cheerleader for two years. Lewis attends the Poplarville campus, is majoring in Sports Medicine, and is the women’s basketball manager. After graduating from PRCC she plans on transferring to Alcorn University to continue her studies.

Moody is the daughter of Krishna, Willie and Britni Moody. Moody attended Bay High School, where she was a manager for the girls basketball team and the spirit club.  She serves as a men’s basketball team manager at PRCC. Moody attends the Poplarville campus and majors in special education. She plans on transferring to USM to obtain her master’s degree in the field.

Hust is the daughter of Amber and Danny Hust. Hust attended Bay High School where she a member of the volleyball and track teams, spirit club, and served as the football manager. She is a member of the community outreach committee at PRCC where she is majoring in pre-medical studies. Hust plans to transfer to the University of South Alabama to continue her studies in order to reach her goal of becoming a trauma surgeon.

Griffin is the daughter of Aspen Sarges and Kedrick Griffin. Griffin attended Oak Grove High School where she was a member of the OGHS marching band. She is currently majoring in Business Management and Marketing at PRCC while also being a part of the Spirit of the River marching band and the Pop Choir. Griffin plans to transfer to Jackson State University to play in the Sonic Boom Marching Band and continue her interest in Business Management.

Carter is the daughter of Leslie Ellis and Alvin Carter. Carter attended Picayune Memorial High School where she was a member of Pride of the Tide and Lady Tide softball. She serves as the captain of the String of Pearls at PRCC. Carter majors in social work at PRCC and plans to transfer to Louisiana State University or Southeastern Louisiana University to continue her education.

Gauthreaux is the daughter of Gloria Ramirez and the late Tony Ramirez. Gauthreaux attended Penn Foster High School. She is majoring in Marine Biology at PRCC and is a member of the STEM club, outreach club, and Phi Theta Kappa. Gauthreaux plans to transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi to continue her marine biology studies at their Gulf Coast campus.

Thompson is the daughter of Susan and Joel Thompson. Thompson attended Richton High School where she was a cheerleader, member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club. While at PRCC she has been a member of the Baptist Student Union, Phi Theta Kappa and the Music Club. After graduating from Pearl River Thompson plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi with hopes of pursing a field in Speech Pathology.

Cleveland is the daughter of Eddie and Karen Cleveland. Cleveland attended Oak Grove High School where she was the editor of the yearbook staff, a leader at First Priority, and a Junior Civitan. She is studying Elementary Education at Pearl River where she is a part of the Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and part of the Honors Council. After graduating from PRCC Cleveland plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi with the eventual goal of becoming a first-grade teacher.

The Court will be presented during half time of the Pearl River football game.

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability.  For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.