MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University will celebrate Homecoming 2018 with the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King before the football game at Roy Stewart Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27.
“The Homecoming Court is a crucial piece of the historic Homecoming tradition at Murray State,” said Jeanie Morgan, advisor for the Student Government Association (SGA) and for registered student organizations. “Those selected to be on the Homecoming Court are student leaders who excel academically and exhibit a passion for our institution. It is a very high honor.”
Students selected for this year’s Homecoming Court, which is organized by SGA, include Barrett Blackburn, Lindsay Crafton, Paxton Crider, Maggie Moore, J.T. Payne, Abby Jo Scheriger, Tiffany Tate, John Winchester, Joey Wirth and Austin Zinobile.
“The students selected to be on the court are nominated by various student organizations and then undergo an application and interview process,” Morgan added. “The student body as a whole then votes for a king and queen to be revealed just before the football game.”
Barrett Blackburn of Eddyville, Kentucky, is the daughter of Steve and Mindy Blackburn. She is a senior studying elementary education and was nominated by Alpha Omicron Pi. Blackburn has been involved in a number of philanthropic organizations and events, including various tournaments, runs, festivals and more. She is an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi, her nominating organization, and has volunteered as a Summer Orientation counselor at Murray State since fall 2016. She is an SGA senator for the College of Education and Human Services and is a member of SGA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Lindsay Crafton of Bragg City, Missouri, is the daughter of Mike and Paige Crafton. She is a senior studying communication disorders and was nominated by the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, an organization of which she is a member and chapter president. Crafton is also a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the College of Education and Human Services and of Alpha Gamma Delta. She is a student in the Honors College who studied abroad in winter 2016 and is currently composing her Honors thesis. She volunteered as a Summer Orientation counselor in summer 2018 and has volunteered with a number of local nonprofit organizations, such as the animal shelter and Need Line.
Paxton Crider of Arlington, Kentucky, is the son of Kim and Kevin Crider. He is a senior studying finance and was nominated by Pi Kappa Alpha. He is the current chief justice of SGA’s Judicial Board and is a member and external vice president of Murray State’s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter. He is a former student of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program and is a current member of the Order of Omega and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies for, respectively, Greek and business students.
Maggie Moore of Paducah, Kentucky, is the daughter of Mike and Ginger Moore. She is a junior studying social work and was nominated by the Student Association of Social Work, an organization of which she is a member. She is also an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta and a student ambassador for the College of Education and Human Services. She is a senator at large for SGA and a representative on the organization’s academic council and committee.
J.T. Payne of Reed, Kentucky, is the son of Jimmy Payne and Penny Cowan. He is a senior studying agricultural education and was nominated by College Republicans. Payne is president of SGA and of College Republicans. He is also a student ambassador for the Hutson School of Agriculture and a student in the University’s Honors College and Collegiate FFA program. He is the student regent for the Murray State University Board of Regents and is co-chair for the Board of Regents Committee on Enrollment Management and Student Success. He recently completed a summer 2018 fellowship with U.S. Congressman James Comer.
Abby Jo Scheriger of Cadiz, Kentucky, is the daughter of Christy and Billy Millay. She is a senior studying organizational communication and was nominated by Alpha Gamma Delta. In addition to being an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Scheriger serves as a student representative on the University’s Search and Selection Committee for Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management and previously assisted Murray State’s football team with advertising, graphic communications media, public relations and more. She has logged more than 1,000 hours of community service and is a scholarship recipient from the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women.
Tiffany Tate of Hardinsburg, Kentucky, is the daughter of Greg and Jennifer Tate. She is a senior studying elementary education and was nominated by Alpha Sigma Alpha. An active member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and the Order of Omega honor society, Tate is also chapter secretary of the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics and a student member of the Kentucky Education Association. In November 2018, Tate will present at the Kentucky Reading Association Conference.
John Winchester of Murray, Kentucky, is the son of Donnie and Gina Winchester. He is a senior studying agriculture business and was nominated by Alpha Omicron Pi. Winchester is an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha, where he currently serves as the chapter’s internal vice president and has attended several of the organization’s national conferences, including the 2018 international convention. He frequently volunteers at Soup for the Soul and during the Hutson School of Agriculture’s annual Fall on the Farm event. He is a member of the Agribusiness Club and serves as a senator in SGA representing the Hutson School of Agriculture.
Joey Wirth of Fults, Illinois, is the son of John Wirth and Janenne Taylor. He is a senior studying financial planning and was nominated by Alpha Sigma Alpha. He currently serves as chapter president for Sigma Phi Epsilon. Wirth is also president of the University’s student ambassador organization and is a delegate on the Murray State Interfraternity Council. He is a volunteer with Best Buddies International and the Murray-Calloway County Animal Shelter in addition to being a peer advisor in Murray State’s Career Services unit.
Austin Zinobile of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the son of John and Christy Zinobile. He is a senior studying occupational safety and health and was nominated by Sigma Sigma Sigma. Zinobile is the current president of Murray State’s Lambda Chi Alpha chapter. He previously served as president of the University’s Interfraternity Council and as a Summer Orientation counselor. Currently, he is a student worker in the Office of Recruitment.
The 2018 Homecoming Queen and King will be announced Saturday, Oct. 27, at Roy Stewart Stadium just before the 3 p.m. football game against Jacksonville State University. For more information about this year’s Homecoming festivities, please visit murraystate.edu/homecoming.