POPLARVILLE - A Picayune sophomore will be crowned homecoming queen at Pearl River Community College on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Melissa Dragon, 19, was elected by the PRCC student body to reign over Homecoming 2013, which has the theme “River of Dreams.”
Her court includes sophomore maids Victoria Farmer of Picayune and Miranda Fazende of Poplarville, Forrest County Center sophomore maid Morgan Cutrer of Tylertown, freshman maids Chelsea Bolton of New Augusta, Shelby L. Perry of Sumrall and Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune, Forrest County Center freshman maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg and Hancock Center maid Morgan Gallagher of Kiln.
The court will be presented at half-time of the football game against East Central Community College. Kick-off is at 2 p.m. at Dobie Holden Stadium.
Other homecoming activities include the Sports Hall of Fame induction at 9 a.m. in the Technology Center, reunions at 10 a.m. and the Alumni Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Olivia Bender Cafeteria. Luncheon tickets are $20 through Oct. 11 and $25 after that date. They can be purchased by credit card by calling 601-403-1183.
Dragon is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Dragon and a pre-med major. A graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, she is a cheerleader, a member of the spring String of Pearls, RiverRoad showchoir and PRCC Singers concert choir. She plans to transfer to Louisiana State University to study physical therapy.
Farmer, 19, is the daughter of Kevin and Ruth Farmer. Also a Picayune Memorial High School graduate, she is captain of the String of Pearls and a Wellness Center spin instructor. Farmer plans to study kineseotherapy at the University of Southern Mississippi.
A graduate of Poplarville High School, Fazende is the 19-year-old daughter of Chris and Sian Fazende. She plays on the Lady Wildcat softball team and is completing prerequisites to transfer to the dental hygiene program at the Forrest County Center.
Cutrer, 20, is the daughter of Yvette and Ronald Cutrer of Tylertown. A graduate of West Marion High School, she is a first-year student in the respiratory therapy program. She plans to work in a hospital setting after graduation.
Bolton, 18, is the daughter of Doris and Edward Bolton of New Augusta. A nursing student at PRCC, she was student body president at Perry Central High School. She plans to further her education at Auburn University.
Perry is the 18-year-old daughter of Todd and Tammy Perry of Sumrall. A graduate of Sumrall High School, she is on the Lady Wildcat softball team and is completing requirements for the PRCC dental hygiene program.
Cooper, 18, is the daughter of Robert and Kelly Cooper of Picayune and a pre-med major. A graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, she is a member of the PRCC River Navigators recruitment team and the honor society. She plans to study physical therapy at the University of South Alabama.
Williams is the 18-year-old granddaughter of Janice Williams of Hattiesburg and the daughter of the late Donna Kaye Williams. She is a graduate of Hattiesburg High School, a pre-med major and vice president of the Forrest County Center freshman class. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi to become a hospitalist.
Gallagher, 18, is the daughter of Vanessa and Kerry Gallagher of Kiln. A graduate of Hancock High School, she is a freshman pre-med student. She plans to further her education in mortuary science and medicine with the goal of becoming a medical examiner.
All members of the court will be escorted by their fathers, with the exception of Williams who will be escorted by a friend, Jeremy McDougle.
Melissa Dragon of Picayune, seated far left, has been elected 2013 Homecoming Queen. The court is, seated from left, sophomore maids Victoria Farmer of Picayune and Miranda Fazende of Poplarville and Forrest County sophomore maid Morgan Cutrer of Tylertown; standing from left, freshman maids Chelsea Bolton of New Augusta, Shelby Perry of Sumrall and Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune; Forrest County freshman maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg; and Hancock Center maid Morgan Gallagher of Kiln.
PRCC Public Relations photo