Photos by Kaitlynn Beaird

UWA senior Elizabeth Jones was crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen on Saturday, Oct. 28, during UWA’s football game against the University of West Florida.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jones is a graduate of Hillcrest High School currently majoring in Elementary Education at The University of West Alabama.

“I feel completely honored and humbled,” Jones said. “UWA and the people here have helped make me who I today. I have so much love for this university and all of the people here, and I couldn’t believe it when they called my name.”

Jones is a member of the UWA cheerleading squad. She is also vice-president of Phi Mu Fraternity, an orientation leader and vice president of the student ambassador leadership council. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, and Blue Key Honor Societies. She has served as a UWA Cares Peer Mentor, and was named Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

She is the daughter of Steven and Lisa Jones. Jones was escorted by her father, Mr. Steven Jones.

“As I was walking down the field staring at all of my friends and family, all I could think was how honored I was,” Jones said. “I have said that over and over, but I could not have felt more honored and humbled during that moment.”

Aside from Jones, nominees for Homecoming Queen consisted of Lauren Sevenish, Chloe Paige, Quenterica White and Laprease Sparks.

Members of the Queen’s Court were recognized during the Homecoming football game on Oct. 28.

Sevenish is a graduate of Tuscaloosa County High school, and is majoring in integrated marketing communications with a focus in graphic design. She serves as a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Chi and Lambda Pi Eta. She is an orientation leader and ambassador for UWA’s Office of Admissions. She is also the public relations chair for the The University of West Alabama Student Government Association. Sevenish is president of Blue Key Honor Society, president of Cardinal Key Honor Society and president of the UWA Ambassador Leadership Council. She is the daughter of Rick Sevenish and Shell Ann Golden.

Sparks was also a member of the court. Sparks is a graduate of Ramsay High School, and she is majoring in elementary education. She serves as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is a resident assistant for UWA Housing in Gilbert Hall. She was recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is the daughter of LaPerrian Sparks and Melvin Davis, and was escorted on the field by her father.

White, from Sawyerville, Ala., is a member of the court. She is a graduate of Francis Marion High School and her major is elementary education. White has been a member of the UWA Scarlet Band for four years and has served as a member of Side Court Posse for one year. She is a pledge of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. She has been named on the Dean’s List several times at UWA. She is in her second year serving as a UWA resident assistant for Hoover Apartments. She is the daughter of Randall and Malinda White, and was escorted on the field by her father.

Rian Crawford was named Freshman Maid, and Ma’Kiyah Hall Sophomore Maid.

The Homecoming Court elections closed at 1026 votes. According to The University of West Alabama’s records, this was the largest Homecoming vote turnout in school history.

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