PLAINVIEW - Five former students from Wayland Baptist University will be vying for the title of Coming Home Queen during homecoming festivities planned for Nov. 21-22. Thirteen young coeds will also compete for homecoming queen honors.
The winner of the coming home queen contest will be announced during the Saturday luncheon in McClung Center. All contestants and the winner will be introduced during the halftime of the basketball doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. Contestants include alums from the honor classes ending in the number three.
A graduate of 1953, Jolly Arnold Peterson came to Wayland from Hawaii in 1949 and sang with International Choir for four years. She was active in Thespians Club, Students of the Nations, International Students Organization and YWAs. After graduation, she attended Boston University School of Social Work before returning to teach in Hawaii. After earning her master's degree in education, she taught and served as vice principal for 28 years and was practicum instructor in the Graduate School of Social Work at University of Hawaii for 12 years. Peterson and her husband, Dr. Lavern Peterson, who died in March, moved to California in 1984 and she was soon invited to teach at Fresno City College. She taught there for four years. This past July, Jolly received the Amateur Radio Award for Outstanding Contribution to the West Coast Bible Study Group. Jolly has a son, Beau, a former teacher in Hawaii.
A member of the class of 1963, Janis Sodeman Kidwell came to Wayland from Midland and earned her degree in English cum laude. She was a member of Alpha Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Alpha Theta and Alpha Psi Omega and the International Choir. Her father, Holt Sodeman, served as Development Officer at Wayland and her late mother, Nita Sodeman, graduated with her at Wayland. Kidwell retired from public schools after a long teaching career in English and learning disabilities and now works in the Office of Admissions and Records at East Central University in Ada, Okla. She is a member of the Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma and is active at First Baptist Church where she sings in the choir, plays handbells and is involved in the Women's Ministry. She and husband Loy, who is retired from teaching band in the public schools of Oklahoma, have three grown children and 11 grandchildren.
Representing the class of 1973, Seminole native Nancy Hawkins Horn earned her degree in business and English. She was in the Miss Wayland Pageant, was a member of Delta Chi Delta sorority, Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity and served as vice president of social affairs for Student Government Association. Nancy has been teaching English for 20 years, the last 16 in the Petersburg Independent School. She holds membership in ATPE and TCEA. Nancy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hawkins, both attended Wayland and Mr. Hawkins serves on the Board of Trustees. Horn and husband John, a former member of the Pioneer track team, have two children and two grandchildren.
Plainview native Liz Miller Lawson, representing the Class of 1983, was involved in numerous campus activities at WBU and served as president of Student Union Board. She received her teacher certification from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Master of Education for Interdisciplinary Studies in Instruction and Curriculum from Nationa-Louis University of Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. She taught in Darmstadt, Germany for three years and worked in Washington, D.C. for six years as an education programs specialist for the U.S. Department of Education. From 1997-2000, she served as the Regimental Key Volunteer Coordinator for the 25 th Marines Infantry Regiment in Worcester, Massachusetts. Lawson and her husband, Lt.Col. Hank Lawson, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, moved to College Station in 2002, where she is active in the Texas A&M Women's Group as a member of the Board.
A graduate of 1993, Vikke Sanchez Sherrard came to Wayland from Las Cruces, N.M. and was involved in many activities, including serving as president of Student Alumni Council. After graduation, she taught school in Arlington for three years and worked after school at Sylvan Learning Center. She later was hired as director of education and then director for the center in Lubbock and later to the center in Phoenix. With husband Rodney, an architect whom she met in Lubbock, she relocated to Boston for two years while he was supervising architect for the American University of Cairo. Last April, the Sherrards returned to the Phoenix area, where she was named center director for Sylvan.
The homecoming queen will be crowned during the halftime of the men's basketball game which begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Candidates for the title and their representing organizations are as follows:
Francis Blair, a junior from Crosbyton, representing the Senior Class; Jennifer Brigman, a junior from Eula, representing the Junior Class; Kelly Eason, a senior from Vernon, representing Ministerial Fellowship; Andra French, a senior from Dalhart, representing Student Government Association Cabinet; Sarah Gatlin, a junior from Amarillo, representing the International Choir; Kaci Holcomb, a junior from Roswell, N.M., representing the Freshman Class; Tasha Hunter, a senior from Lubbock, representing the Student Union Board; Malissa Johnston, a junior from Portales, N.M., representing Alpha Delta Kappa; Megan Petillo, a senior from Abernathy, representing Student Senate; Kathy Reed, a senior from Liberal, Kan., representing Student Foundation; Ragan Spradling, a junior from Amarillo, representing Students in Free Enterprise; Marta Turpin, a junior from Carrizo Springs, representing Baptist Student Ministries; and Celina Vasquez, a senior from Bedford, representing Student Alumni Council.