MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University will celebrate Homecoming 2017 with one of the event’s special traditions: the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King during the football game against Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Students selected for this year’s Homecoming Court include Christian Barnes, Karlie Blain, Kaylee Capps, Emily Cook, Emma Cook, Caleb Coomes, Drue Hodges, Craig Lamb, Emily Mitchell and Jacob Schutte.

Christian Barnes of Nortonville is the son of Kevin Barnes and the late Robyn Hawkins. He is a senior studying organizational communication and was nominated by the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, where he is a member and coordinator for marketing and social media. During his time at Murray State, Barnes has been active in the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, serving on the organization’s scholarship committees and as alumni director. He has also worked with the Student Government Association in a variety of roles and as a student ambassador for the University.

Karlie Blain of Leitchfield is the daughter of Mike and Stacy Blain. She is a senior studying biology and was nominated by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where she is a member and the organization’s chapter president. Blain is an active student in the department of biology, working as a tutor and teaching assistant. She has also studied abroad in Italy, volunteered with the American Red Cross Blood Drive and served on the Murray State Panhellenic Council.

Kaylee Capps of Murray is the daughter of Monica Seargent and Tim Capps. She is a senior studying business management and human resources. She was nominated by Alpha Omicron Pi, where she is an active member. Capps is also involved in the Society for Human Resource Management and the Pre-Law Association in addition to her work as a campus tutor and study abroad representative. She has participated in a number of internships as well as organizational and volunteer experiences.

Emily Lauren Cook of Lexington is the daughter of Scott and Ellie Cook. She is a junior studying animal and equine science and was nominated by the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Cook is co-captain of the Racer Girls Murray State University Dance Team and a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where she has a variety of roles. She is also involved with the Kentucky Academy of Science, Gamma Beta Phi Honors Fraternity and Best Buddies.

Emma Louise Cook of Marble Hill, Missouri, is the daughter of Dave and Amy Cook. She is a senior studying logistics and supply chain management and was nominated by the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, where she is a member and chapter president. She is a student in the Murray State Honors College and has worked as a peer advisor for the Office of Career Services in addition to serving as a senator in the Student Government Association and as a volunteer for the local animal shelter.

Caleb Coomes of Owensboro is the son of Greg and Allison Coomes. He is a junior studying biology and pre-medicine and was nominated by the Springer-Franklin Residential College. He is a member of the Murray State Honors College, the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship and a former senator in the Student Government Association. Coomes frequently volunteers as a student ambassador, representing both the department of biology and the Honors College. Coomes spent his summer in Israel working with the Save a Child’s Heart organization and is chapter president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Drue Hodges of Summersville is the son of Doug and Kathy Hodges. He is a junior studying agriscience and agricultural systems technology and was nominated by the Murray State Collegiate FFA, where he is an active member. He is also an intramurals player for the H.C. Franklin Residence Hall and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Block & Bridle, an organization promoting youth events related to livestock.

Craig Lamb of Murray is the son of Darren and Charmaine Lamb. He is a senior studying political science and was nominated by Pi Kappa Alpha, where he is a member and former chapter president. He has also participated in the Student Government Association, serving as chief justice, and is a member of the Pre-Law Association. Lamb currently works as a clerk for a local law office.

Emily Mitchell of Henderson is the daughter of Rob and April Mitchell. She is a senior studying middle school education and was nominated by the Order of the Omega, where she is a member and the organization’s president. She is also a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and has been involved with the Student Government Association, Bluegrass Academy of Dance and National Panhellenic Council.

Jacob Schutte of Newburgh, Indiana, is the son of Butch Schutte and Delana Schutte-Smith. He is a senior studying exercise science and was nominated by the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, where he was previously named Man of the Year. Schutte is an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, currently serving as vice president of brotherhood and campus involvement, and has served on the Inter-Fraternity Council and with the local chapter of Feeding America.

The 2017 Homecoming Queen and King will be announced Saturday, Oct. 28, at the football game against Eastern Kentucky University at Roy Stewart Stadium. For more information on this year’s Homecoming festivities at Murray State, please visit murraystate.edu/homecoming.

The 2017 Homecoming Court at 2017 stands together on a set of stairs.
Students selected for the 2017 Homecoming Court at Murray State University include (from left to right, beginning in the back row) Christian Barnes, Drue Hodges, Craig Lamb, Jacob Schutte, Caleb Coomes, Kaylee Capps, Emily Mitchell, Karlie Blain, Emma Cook and Emily Cook.