Samford University's 2013 homecoming court members have been chosen by vote of their respective classes. They will participate in various activities during Homecoming weekend November 15-16.

Court members include:  freshmen Annie Elizabeth Smith, a pre-pharmacy major from Columbia, Tenn., and Jay Davis of San Marino, Calif; sophomores Kara Young, a journalism and mass communication major from Tupelo, Miss., and John Griffith "Buddy" Riles, a pre-pharmacy major from Albany, Ga.; and juniors Archie Jay Morris, a finance and economics major from Columbus, Ga., and Emily Ellen Elder, an art major from Gainesville, Ga.

Senior class representatives are Alexander Mathes Ballard, a marketing and management major from Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; Kaitlyn Lauren Flinn, a journalism and mass communication major from Carrollton, Ga.; Rachel Catherine Gregory, an elementary education major from Brentwood, Tenn.; Jacob Barron "Jake" Hamilton, an English major from Dallas, Texas; Rebekah Robinson, a journalism and mass communication major from Tupelo, Miss.; and Matthew Timonthy Taylor, a music composition major from Indianapolis, Ind.

The homecoming queen and king will be chosen from the senior class representatives and will be announced during the homecoming ball on Thursday, Nov. 14. The court will also ride in the on-campus parade on Saturday morning and be introduced at halftime of the football game against the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Kickoff in Seibert Stadium is at 2 p.m.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.