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.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.