LSU Homecoming Court chosen; royalty to be revealed at game

The LSU Homecoming Committee has announced the 14 representatives for the 2012 LSU Homecoming Court, including 11 selections from the state of Louisiana.

The members of the 2012 Homecoming Court were chosen through a two-round application and interview process with the help of a 20-member LSU faculty and staff review team coordinated by Homecoming Court committee leaders Megan Then and Rachel Rhodes. The Homecoming king and queen are chosen by popular vote of the LSU student body through a student’s myLSU account. Voting began on Sunday and concluded Thursday. The king and queen will be announced during halftime of LSU’s football game against Mississippi State on Saturday.

The court’s members will include all undergraduate classifications at LSU, with one first-year couple, one sophomore couple, two junior couples and three senior couples. However, only senior court members are eligible for king or queen honors.

Members of the 2012 Homecoming Court include queen candidates Christine Derbins, a mathematics and mass communication double major from Mandeville; Kendall Knobloch, a finance major from Baton Rouge; and Danielle Rushing, an agricultural business major from Watson. The king candidates include Aaron Ackley, a biological sciences major from Lake Charles; Taylor Cox, a mass communication major from Bossier City; and Vik Singh, a biological sciences major from Eunice.

Other members of the 2012 Homecoming Court include juniors Margaret Price, a business management and mass communication double major from West Shokan, N.Y.; Sarah Beth Theriot, a biology and Spanish double major from White Hall, Ark.; Dylon Hoffpauir, a mass communication major from Erath; and Trey Schwartzenburg, a biological sciences major from Opelousas; sophomores Maddie Kirkwood, a biochemistry major from Natchez, Miss.; and Bryce Bourgeois, an information systems and decision sciences major from St. Amant; and first-year students Katherine Latham, a mass communication major from Metairie; and Bryce Benzine, a mass communication major from Gonzales.

Court members will enjoy a full day of activities on Saturday, including riding in the annual Homecoming Parade with cars courtesy of the Baton Rouge Corvette Club. The parade rolls at 11 a.m. heading south along West Lakeshore Drive on campus.

They will also enjoy a luncheon with their families and guests on Saturday afternoon. Featured luncheon speakers will include 1942 Homecoming Queen Lillie Major “Pigeon” Thibaut from New Roads and 2011 LSU Homecoming Queen Mo Isom from Atlanta.

Following the luncheon, they will greet the crowd near Tiger Stadium as they follow the Golden Band from Tigerland down Victory Hill at approximately 4:30 p.m.

In 1933, LSU selected its first Homecoming queen. Marguerite Bass was chosen by the student body president and reigned with a princess and seven maids. The university selected its first African-American Homecoming queen in 1991 with the election of Renee Boutte. The following year, LSU began selecting a Homecoming king to reign with the queen.

LSU Homecoming is coordinated by LSU Campus Life, a unit within the Office of the Dean of Students and the Division of Student Life & Enrollment. For more information on all 2012 LSU Homecoming activities, visit http://www.homecoming.lsu.edu, and for questions, email homecoming@lsu.edu.