Madelyn Hawley of Beebe, Ark., and Jay Branch of Fayetteville, Ark., were crowned the 2017 Homecoming queen and king Saturday at Williams Baptist University. The coronation took place in the Southerland-Mabee Center as a part of the day’s Homecoming festivities.
Hawley is a senior psychology major. She is married to Morgan Hawley and is the daughter of Adam and Kristy Poe.
Branch is a senior physical education major. He is the son of Johnny and Angelita Branch.
Other seniors on the court were Erika Isbill of Jonesboro, Ark., and Willie Wright of Maumelle, Ark. Isbill is a history major and is the daughter of Eric and Marsha Isbill. Wright is a biology major and is the son of Ami and Sanford Frazier.
Representing the junior class were Karoline Thomas of Black Oak, Ark., and Demetrius Thomas of Ferguson, Mo. Karoline is a physical education major and the daughter of Keri and Stacey Thomas. Demetrius is a biology major and the son of Darrell and Anita Thomas.
Sophomores on the court were Melanie McKuin of Dexter, Mo., and Brandon Dowling of Augusta, Ga. McKuin is an English major and is the daughter of Barry and Kimmy McKuin. Dowling is a physical education major and is the son of Kenny and Candy Adams.
Freshmen representatives were Maggie Crossno of Senath, Mo., and Brantly James of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Crossno is a biology major and the daughter of Paige Crossno and Brian and Tina Crossno. James is a Christian ministries major and the son of Lindle and Tiffany Barker.
The homecoming court and king and queen were selected by a vote of the Williams student body.
Williams is a Christian, liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge, Ark. It will formally become Williams Baptist University in July of 2018.