Schedule of Events
2019 Homecoming Parade
The Homecoming Parade will be held Thursday, October 17th, at 6:30 P.M. The theme for Homecoming this year is SammyStock.
2019 Spirit Competition
Student organizations are now able to sign up to compete in the 2019 Homecoming Spirit Competition. Orgs will receive points for participating in various events and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive monetary prizes. Call 936.294.3861 with questions.
2019 Homecoming Court
The candidate application form must be submitted before leaving the mandatory candidate meeting on 10/9/19 in LSC 230A from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Contact Kelly Patterson if you have night class.
Louis Butler is a senior born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Acres Home, Texas. As a first-generation college student, he is pursuing a degree in general business with a minor in criminal justice. Louis hopes to earn a spot in UCLA or Howard’s incoming law class after he graduates. Louis is a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and dedicates his life to achievement in every field of human endeavor. Louis also strives to be an active Bearkat by being involved on campus as a former Orange Key student ambassador, Bearkat Camp Counselor, SH Elite member, and serving on many organizational executive boards. Not only is Louis active on campus, but he is involved in the Walker County community by collaborating with other organizations like the SAAFE HOUSE and many churches in the area.
Daniel Figueroa is a native of Laredo, TX who came to Sam Houston State University through the opportunity of the Smith-Huston Scholarship program. Danny immediately fell in love with the diverse and inclusive communities of SHSU that have poured and shaped his life into what it has become today; his experience would be nothing without the support of his friends and mentors that have made Huntsville another home in his heart. Now a senior, Danny is an active student on campus majoring in Computer Science. Outside of school, he is involved as a small group leader and Vice President for Chi Alpha Campus Ministries and as President of Program Council. These positions have allowed Danny to build relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime. Grateful for the life change SHSU has brought him, Danny now looks to contribute and serve anyone’s life, even in the smallest acts.
Brandon Griffith is in his senior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice with a double minor of general business and political science. Throughout his time at Sam Houston, Brandon has been active in Theta Chi Fraternity, and most recently served as Recruitment Director this past semester. Brandon has also been involved on campus serving as an Orientation Leader this past summer welcoming in future Bearkats. Following graduation, Brandon wants to attend law school where he hopes to become lawyer practicing corporate law in the future.
Marsalis Johnson is the proud President of the Theta Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He has been at Sam Houston the entirety of his collegiate years and loves SHSU! He is a criminal justice major and aspires to be a police officer after graduating from this wonderful university. Marsalis has been a Resident Assistant on campus since his freshman year, and an Orientation Leader for two years. If you ever see Marsalis, chances are that he is laughing and having a good time. He loves to meet new people. Eat ‘Em Up Kats!
Andrew Petty is a junior currently majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology, where he plans to pursue a career in juvenile social work. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, where he holds the position of Recruitment Chair, which is the first thing he had his eyes set on once becoming a member. He actively plays basketball and goes on runs almost every morning (if he manages to wake up on time). He loves listening to new music and going to music festivals. Andrew also manages to volunteer at animal shelters between Huntsville and Houston. He loves all animals and his best friend is his bearded dragon named Paco. Running for homecoming king has been a dream of his since freshman year and Andrew is absolutely excited to be presented with this opportunity!
Jason Silvey is a 2017 Terry Scholar, who has dedicated his college career to the betterment of his campus, himself, and those he surrounds. Jason is involved in a multitude of both academic and social organizations across campus. Some of the most notable being an Orange Key Sam Houston Ambassador, American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Elliot T. Bowers Honors College, and the Rec Sports Trap and Skeet Team. Not only is he involved in these organizations, but he also holds a vast variety of leadership roles in each. Leadership including President, Recruitment, Philanthropy, and a multitude of other chair positions. Furthermore, Jason works under the department of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas where he assists in the betterment of education for Texas’ premier law enforcement personnel. After graduating with his undergraduate and masters in homeland security, Jason plans to join the United States military.
Cody Tipton is a senior at Sam Houston State University pursuing a degree in animal science with a minor in secondary education. After graduation, Cody plans to work as a high school educator teaching agriculture classes. Cody has been involved in Collegiate FFA and the Agriculture Engineering Technologies Club for over a year, serving as an officer in both organizations, including a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity for a year. In his free time, Cody enjoys cooking meals , assisting the organizations he is in through community service or professional development, and assisting other clubs and organizations through the SHSU Department of Agricultural Sciences.
Savannah Boettcher is a first-generation college student and is currently a junior at Sam Houston State University. Savannah is an interdisciplinary studies major with a minor in 4-8 English, reading, language arts, and social studies. Savannah has been involved in numerous things during her time at Sam Houston State University. She has been involved in Hall Council, RHA, Kats for CASA, Student Alumni Association, and she has served as a student representative on the Alumni Board of Directors for a semester during her sophomore year. Right now, she is dedicating her time to Student Alumni Association where she currently is serving as President for the 2019-2020 school year. Savannah has dedicated her time here at Sam Houston State University to serving others and helping the community. Savannah continues to strive to live her life by the Sam Houston State University motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service.”
Haley Coker is an active Bearkat as the current President of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, President of Ag Council, and Treasurer of Texas CattleWomen’s Association. Haley is a senior member of the Agricultural Department Ambassadors, a 2 year member for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Rodeo committee, a member of Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as an active member of the Agricultural Engineering Technology Club, Block and Bridle, and Collegiate FFA. In her free time, she can be seen at events on campus supporting not only Sam Houston State University, but also her sorority sisters and friends in their involvement across campus. She is a junior animal science major with a plant and soil science minor and plans to obtain her doctoral degree to teach animal reproduction and breeding at an accredited four-year university.
Emaline Cole is a senior graduating in May 2020, with a degree in mass communications, focusing on public relations and advertising. She lives SHSU’s motto, “The Measure of a Life is Its Service”, by being actively involved on campus and in the community. Emmy, as her friends call her, has been an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority since her freshman year, serving on the executive board as Director of Social Enrichment, as well as Derby Days Chair and Recruitment Day Chair. She is actively involved in the Student Alumni Association, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and SHSU’s on-campus public relations firm, Priority One. Whether she is volunteering at a Project Sunshine event or serving breakfast to sick children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House, serving her community is something for which she has a passion.
Abby Draut is a senior mass communications major, with a focus on public relations and advertising. Abby has been involved with Sam Houston's Bearkat Camp as a camper and a volunteer counselor for two years. During her senior year, she joined the Bearkat Camp Lead staff and will work as a 2020 intern. This past summer, Abby served as a Bearkat Orientation Leader. Abby is a four year member of Alpha Chi Omega, and served on the executive board as the New Member Educator. She is the Competitive Climbing Team Treasurer and focuses her time on the Rec Sports Outdoors Program, Rock-climbing wall, and leading adventure trips. Abby plans to pursue a master’s degree in outdoor recreation management in the fall of 2020. Abby is thankful for her time here at Sam Houston and would like to thank the faculty, staff, students, campers, counselors, co-workers, teammates and sisters, as well as her family for their endless love and support.
Bria Ferrier, regularly known as Mino, is a senior at Sam Houston. She is a proud, active Bearkat and a Criminal Justice major! She is the Vice-President, Historian, and Membership Chair of the Kappa Mu chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. In her time here at Sam, she has held five student worker positions including Orientation Leader for Team Tripod and being a SAMbassador. She is also a 3-year member of Spirit Programs, earning an all-girl cheer national championship, and was nominated for the Outstanding Junior Student Leader award at the 25th Annual Sammys. You can catch Mino on the yard or at various Bearkat events! Her personal motto is “Put a piece of yourself in to everything you do” and she stands by it every day!
Endya Harrell is a junior from Lufkin, Texas. She is pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in human services. Endya believes wholeheartedly that “The Measure of a life is its Service”. She has committed herself to various efforts that have improved the quality of life on SHSU’s campus and the surrounding Huntsville community. Endya is a member of The Kappa Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and she has served as Community Service Chair, President and Delegate Chair on the Black Student Alliance executive board. Endya is constantly volunteering in the Huntsville community for the Huntsville Head Start and the SAAFE House. She is also a mentor for the Freshman Project, where she guides and assists a mentee, helping them achieve their fullest potential in their leadership endeavors.
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Brianna Hickman is a senior from Round Top, Texas. She plans to graduate in May 2020 with a B.B.A. in human resource management. Brianna is highly involved on campus and strives to be an exemplary Bearkat! She is a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She also serves as President of the Terry Scholars organization and as a student ambassador for the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College. Brianna works on campus as a Marketing and Event Planning Intern for the Department of Chemistry. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to her favorite band, The Jonas Brothers. Vote Brianna H for Homecoming Queen 2019!
Mia Medellin is a senior animal science major and a proud sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Incorporated since spring 2017. She is currently serving as President for the Multicultural Greek Council and is the Special Projects Chair and Stroll Master for her sorority. Mia enjoys being active on campus and participating in community service events. She participated in the Miss Sam Houston Pageant last semester as Miss Kappa Delta Chi. She hopes that in participating in events like these, it will help encourage people to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. As Homecoming Queen, she hopes to promote diversity and representation for everyone here at Sam. After college she plans to help and rescue endangered animals and care for their habitats. Eat em up Kats!
Megan Montgomery is a senior majoring in mass communication: broadcast production here at SHSU. Since transferring here, Megan has made the Dean’s List every semester and the President’s List two of those semesters. She is involved in Rec Sports, working as an Intramural & Club Sports supervisor; she’s a member of the National Sports Media Association, an Alpha Gamma Rho Sweetheart, and is an alumni of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. Megan enjoys making new friends, being active, and working hard at everything she does. She says her goal is to make a new friend every day, and continue to learn new things throughout her life. If you asked Megan what death-defying thing she would like to do, she would say she would like to swim with sharks. She says that sharks are one of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean, and that swimming with them would be a dream come true.
Emily is a junior in her fifth semester at Sam Houston. She is working towards December 2020 graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in creative writing. Emily has deep roots at SHSU; her maternal grandfather was a defensive football coach for the school, and all of her family either attended or graduated from Sam. She has been working in Athletics under a former colleague of her grandfather since her first semester. Emily is currently in her second year with the Diamond Kats organization and is serving as Recruitment Chair for the 2019-2020 year. She loves Diamond Kats because she gets to serve her community with her friends and gets to support Bearkat Athletics by spreading school spirit. She enjoys the new challenge of being a part of the officer board and still maintaining her 3.8 GPA.
Allyson Nicole Smith is a junior criminal justice major who is double minoring in psychology and forensic science. She is a four-year member of the Bearkat Marching Band, where she spent two years in the flute section and two years in the trumpet section. She is also the President of the Nakama Anime Society and member of KatKon. Allyson plans on becoming a crime scene investigator after graduation. After she retires, she plans to open a corgi rescue where she will help and breed corgis that have been abandoned at shelters.
Alexis Nicole Villarreal, better known as Lexi, is a second-year junior double majoring in banking and finance and minoring in economics. Lexi was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and graduated from Floresville High School. She came to Sam because of the awesome College of Business Administration program. Lexi is involved around campus in Honors College Student Advisory Council, Alpha Omicron Pi, Treasurer for Active Minds, and Study Mentor for Phi Chi Theta Business Fraternity. In her free time, she loves to sleep or binge shows on Netflix. After graduation, Lexi plans to move back home and follow in her mother’s footsteps by pursuing her M.B.A. at Texas A&M- San Antonio.
Karen Villegas was born in Bogotá, Colombia and moved Houston, Texas at the age of 11 with her mother and her grandparents. She is a junior majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish. She is part of the Catholic Student Center and Royalty. In addition to her academics and community involvement, she loves to dance, sing, swim, and write in her free time. Karen is a woman of many aspirations where one of her plans after graduation is to obtain a master’s degree in medical science at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and then attend medical school to become a pediatrician or neurologist. As a homecoming court contestant, she wants to let the SHSU community know that to obtain a title, the most important thing is to have a humble personality to earn the respect and affection of the people surrounding her.
Makenzie Wethington is a senior public health major studying to pursue her dream of caring for the elderly. She currently serves as the Orange Keys’ Vice President of Programming, Zeta Tau Alpha’s Risk Reduction Chairman, and is the secretary for Love Your Melon. In addition, she currently serves as President of Bearkats for Ryan’s Challenge, which is a service organization she started here at Sam Houston State University. This organization provides support and funding for research for a rare, 100% fatal, genetic tissue disorder, known as vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Makenzie values her faith, family, friends, and her academics, in which she is a Raven Scholar and member of Order of Omega. She credits SHSU with developing lifelong friendships, giving her the skills and education to pursue her life-long dream of nursing, and for all the opportunities she has had to further enrich her academic and personal life.
Previous Kings and Queens
Ethen Espinoza and Ciana Garcia
2018 Homecoming King and Queen
Ruby Bui and Christian Teague
2017 Homecoming King and Queen
Georgiana Reefer and Lawrence Jones, Jr.
2016 Homecoming King and Queen
Rick Barber and Cara Goetz
2015 Homecoming King and Queen
Cheznay Dones and Nick Duhon
2014 Homecoming King and Queen
Elizabeth Opara and Keenan Jones
2013 Homecoming King and Queen
Ashley Baker and Ashton Winfree
2012 Homecoming King and Queen
Stephanie Elizondo and Joseph Anderson
2011 Homecoming King and Queen
Callie Walker and Hectore Menendez, III
2010 Homecoming King and Queen
Tiffany Goebel and Daniel Pawlowski
2009 Homecoming King and Queen
Rashad Deckard and Haley Heft
2008 Homecoming King and Queen
Keith Edmond and Katie Hughes
2007 Homecoming King and Queen
Willie Dean and Hearther Hardee
2006 Homecoming King and Queen
Chris Pedison and Jenna Zibton
2005 Homecoming King and Queen
Angie Cartwright and Calvin Davis
2004 Homecoming King and Queen
Terence Daniels and Bethany Duncan
2003 Homecoming King and Queen
Marlena Cooper and Mical Roy
2002 Homecoming King and Queen
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Join us at Bearkat Alley (Bowers Stadium North Parking Lot) for the Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday, October 21st. Contact the Department of Student Activities at (936) 294-3861 or StudentActivities@shsu.edu to reserve your spot at Bearkat Alley.