Queens crowned at Homecoming


Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears crowned

queens from each campus. The queens were (l-r)

Kristina Mays from the Senatobia campus, Autumn

Jones from the Oxford Center and Amber Coss from

the DeSoto Center.  (Photo by Lauren Benton)

By Lauren Benton

Homecoming at Northwest was a week filled with festive events for students and alumni.

The 2014 Homecoming court was presented at halftime of the Ranger Homecoming football game against Itawamba on Sept. 20.

Kristina Mays, a sophomore pre-medical major from Independence, was crowned the Homecoming queen for the Senatobia campus.

Amber Coss, a sophomore funeral service technology major from Ripley, was crowned homecoming queen for the DeSoto Center.

Autumn Jones, a sophomore elementary education major from Water Valley, was crowned homecoming queen for the Oxford Center.

Dolores Wooten, director of Alumni Affairs and Development Operations and James E. Dunn, the 2014 Alumnus of the Year, presented a gift to all queens on behalf of the Alumni Association.

The DeSoto Center maids were Sunny Lee, a freshman pre-dental hygiene major from Hernando and Raymie Neal, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Southaven.  Ebony Street, a sophomore general college major from Olive Branch, was the sophomore maid.

The Oxford Center maids were Rachel Garth, a freshman elementary education major from Aberdeen, and Karrigan Shankle, a freshman cosmetology major from Bruce. The sophomore maid was Talia Leon, a sophomore business administration major from Modesto,


The Senatobia campus maids were Erica Otten, a freshman registered nursing major from Olive Branch, and Laken Suddoth, a freshman elementary special education major from Sarah. Shanda Cunningham, a sophomore  surgical technology major from Independence.

Prior to the Homecoming game, a Homecoming carnival was held at the Ranger Outdoor Complex on the Senatboia campus on Sept. 16.

Students had to do push-ups in order to earn tickets. The tickets were used to get cotton candy or to play on the bounce houses.

On Sept. 17, the annual lunch was held at the Oxford center.

There was a fall baseball doubleheader at Jim Miles field on Sept. 18. Later that evening, a Homecoming dance was hosted in the North Gym on the Senatobia campus.

On Friday, Sept. 19 the DeSoto Center hosted a Homecoming cookout on the front lawn.

For the first time during Homecoming festivities, new members were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. Inductees were basketball legends Detric Golden and Shantell Atkins-Brown and  double threat, football/baseball star Ben Evans.

According to northwestms.edu, Golden played for the Rangers from 1995-1997, and holds the record for career points scored at 1,223. He had 192 steals and 642 assists during his career. He was named All-MAJCJ and went on to play at Troy State University.

Atkins-Brown scored a career 33 points against Vol State in 1994 and was named All MACJC in 1994-1995.

Evans shone during his baseball career at Northwest earning NCJAA All – Region honors, All-Eastern Division honors and was the All Time Batting Champion during the 1976 and 1977 seasons.

A “Meet and Greet,” was held for alumni and friends in the Haraway Center on the Senatobia campus. There was also a picnic style lunch served.

The classes of 1954, 1964 and 1974 were honored along with Alumnus of the Year James Dunn, Tunica County Supervisor and president of the Northwest Foundation.

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