Maroon and white royalty: 2018 MSU Homecoming Court reigns during week of festivities

Mississippi State University’s 2018 Homecoming Court includes (left to right) Riley Byers, freshman maid; Ashley McLemore, sophomore maid; Riley Vergara-Cruz, junior maid; Meghin Smith, senior maid; Parker Taylor, Mr. MSU; Shelby Baldwin, Miss MSU; Emily Turner, Homecoming Queen; Barrett Schock, Homecoming King; Gentry Burkes, senior maid; Morgan Gay, junior maid; Hollis Hoggard, sophomore maid; and Kayla Powe, freshman maid. The court will be presented Nov. 3 during halftime of the MSU vs. Louisiana Tech football game at Davis Wade Stadium. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—Accounting major Emily E. Turner of Madison and biochemistry/pre-medicine major Barrett D. Schock of Chattanooga, Tennessee, reign as 2018 Homecoming Queen and King at Mississippi State during an event-filled week Oct. 28-Nov. 3.

Turner and Schock recently were chosen in campus-wide elections. Along with eight class maids, the two seniors will be presented formally on Nov. 3 at halftime during the MSU vs. Louisiana Tech football game at Davis Wade Stadium. For complete details on MSU gameday activities, visit

Shelby B. Baldwin and Parker R. Taylor, this year’s Miss and Mr. MSU, also will be introduced at halftime. Baldwin is a senior marketing major from Ridgeland; Taylor, a senior biochemistry/pre-medicine and microbiology double-major from Olive Branch.

Each undergraduate class is represented by two maids. The 2018 homecoming court includes:

SENIOR—Gentry I. Burkes, an English and history double-major from Los Angeles, California; and Meghin E. Smith, an interdisciplinary studies major from Philadelphia.

JUNIOR—Riley R. Vergara-Cruz, a marketing/international business and foreign language/French double-major from Franklin, Tennessee; and Morgan B. Gay, a junior communication/public relations major from Chelsea, Alabama.

SOPHOMORE—Hollis Hoggard, a communication/public relations major from Moss Point; and Ashley C. A. McLemore, a fashion design and merchandising and business administration double-major from Starkville.

FRESHMAN—Riley E. Byars, a secondary education major from Sulligent, Alabama; and Kayla R. Powe, a biomedical engineering major from Meridian.

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