Campbellsville University crowns Kendra Polston as 2018 Homecoming Queen

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Kendra Polston, left, was crowned Campbellsville University’s Homecoming Queen by last year’s queen Rachel Mobley at the university’s first night football game at Homecoming. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria Swanger.)

By Matthew M. Billiot, student news writer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “I didn’t even think I was going to win,” Kendra Polston, a senior from Burkesville, Ky., said after she won the crown of Campbellsville University’s Homecoming Queen Oct. 6.

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From left are: Alexus Hunt, freshman attendant; Mollie Workman, second runner-up; McKenna Hill, first runner-up; and Kendra Polston, queen. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria Swanger.)

Polston was crowned during halftime as the Fighting Tigers faced off against Bethel University to whom they lost 49 to 13. This was the Tigers’ first night football game at Homecoming.

Polston is majoring in social work and represented the Social Work Club. She plans to work somewhere in Kentucky doing child protection when she graduates. Kaleb Ibarra escorted her. Polston is the daughter of Pamela and Willie Polston.

McKenna Hill, a senior from Smiths Grove, Ky., was first runner-up to the queen. She represented the School of Education and was escorted by Eli Wood. Her major is elementary education/special education.

Second runner-up was Mollie Workman, a senior from Fort Gay, W.V., who is majoring in biology. She represented the Student Government Association with Levi Crossley as her escort.

Alexus Hunt from Elizabethtown, Ky. was the freshman attendant. Her escort was Issiah Jones; she is majoring in social work.

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Campbellsville University’s Distinguished Alumni were second from left: Shirley Lawson (’54) and her husband, Dr. Paul Lawson (’55). Presenting the award were from left: Darryl Peavler, director of alumni relations; Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; and Benji Kelly, vice president for development. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria Swanger.)

The Campbellsville University Distinguished Alumni were Dr. Paul and Shirley Lawson of Virginia Beach, Va. Lawson (’55) and Mrs. Lawson (’54) have spent their life in the ministry as a pastor and music ministry, respectively.

The Class of 1968 was inducted into the Golden Heritage Club during a ceremony Oct. 5.

This year’s Homecoming theme was “Stars & Stripes.” The winners of the floats who represented this theme were: Residence Life, first: Education Club, second, and Social Work Club, third.

Brig. Gen. Scott Campbell, Land Component Commander, Army Element Joint Force Headquarters, Kentucky Army National Guard in Frankfort, Ky., was the guest speaker at a ceremony on Stapp Lawn Oct. 6 honoring veterans. He is the commander responsible for all Army National Guard land forces within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Members of Western Kentucky’s ROTC carried a 20′ x 30′ American flag in the Campbellsville University Homecoming parade that honored veterans. (CU Photo by Kyrsten Hill.)
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President Michael V. Carter and his wife, Debbie, are driven by Al Hardin in a Ford Fairlane for the Homecoming parade. (CU Photo by Zoe McAnich.)

Veterans were honored at the ceremony and were grand marshals of the university’s annual parade. Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, a 1949 graduate of Campbellsville College who is the national spokesman for The Greatest Generation, was also one of the grand marshals.

He is a member of the university’s Board of Trustees and serves as chancellor of the University of Richmond.

Darryl Peavler, director of alumni relations at Campbellsville University, served as chairman of Homecoming.

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Maiya Henderson holds Evelynn Creason, daughter of Trent and Sarah Creason, at the pep rally. Yumi Tsutsumi gives Evelynn a pair of glasses to play with. (CU Photo by Zoe McAninch.)
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The Residence Life float won the float competition at Homecoming. (CU Photo by Kyrsten Hill.)

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 10,000 students offering over 90 programs of study including 20 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville, all in Kentucky, and one in Costa Mesa, Calif., and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.