Published on November 1, 2014 by Mary Wimberley  

Hannah Newman and John Hunsicker were named 2014 Homecoming queen and king at Samford University Friday, Oct. 31.

Chosen by vote of the student body, the honorees were announced at a pep rally. They will be introduced at various other events during homecoming celebrations on Saturday.

Newman, a senior human development and family sciences major from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is the daughter of Laurie and Phil Newman.

Hunsicker, a senior biology major from St. Louis, Missouri, is the son of Lindsey and Steve Hunsicker.

The 2014 Homecoming court also includes freshmen Mary Helen Douglas and James William Miley III, sophomores Mackenzie Brooke Davis and Dillard Goodpasture Adams III, juniors Mary Leslie Prater and Corry Mulligan, and seniors Christine Paige Carrier, Emily Kelley, Clay Hubbard and Will Yarborough.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.