PLAINVIEW – Five former students of Wayland Baptist University will vie for the title of Coming Home Queen at Homecoming 2004, slated for Nov. 19-20 on the Plainview campus.
The graduates represent the five honor classes for homecoming: 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1994. The winner, who is elected by a vote of alumni in attendance at homecoming festivities, will be announced at the barbecue luncheon planned for noon on Saturday, Nov. 20. The queen and court will also be introduced at the basketball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Nominees are as follows:
- Jeannine Greene will represent the golden anniversary Class of 1954. A resident of Plainview, Greene earned her master’s degree in music from Baylor in 1957 and taught private piano lessons in her Plainview studio beginning in 1956. She was a member of the music faculty at Wayland from 1981 – 2000, when she retired from full-time service and began teaching piano at Wayland’s Academy of Fine Arts. She served as pianist at First Baptist Church for 50 years and is president of the Plainview Community Concert board of directors.
- Dixie Huffman will represent the Class of 1964. A resident of Springfield, Ore., Huffman spent several years in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic after finishing her degree at WBU, then returned to teach and work as a social worker at a children’s home before working for the state as a licensing agent for child care facilities. Before retirement, she worked for a municipal fire and ambulance service. Since retiring, she has enjoyed traveling in her motorhome, being active in her church and serving on the board of Ribbon of Promise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending bullying and other forms of school violence.
- Kathie Turner Jackson of Olton will represent the Class of 1974. Jackson attended WBU with her brother Eddie and sister Viki, then married fellow Waylandite Mike Jackson and traveled to Australia to teach after graduation. After returning to Texas, the couple has worked in public education in Perryton, Lefors and Canadian, moving to Olton three years ago, where Kathie teaches science and Mike is superintendent. The couple has three children – Matt, April and Rebekah – and one granddaughter. Matt is a WBU graduate, while April and Rebekah are current students.
- Pampa native Mika Moore Potts will represent the Class of 1984. A resident of Greenville, Potts married after graduating from Wayland and has taught high school and eighth-grade English prior to becoming the librarian at Greenville Middle School. She and husband Troy have three children – Zach, 18; Dylan, 16; and Abby, 12. She is active in church and with her children’s activities.
- Jennifer Gast McIntosh will represent the Class of 1994. Jennifer, a former cheerleader at Wayland, and husband Mat McIntosh recently moved to Frankfort, Ky., where Mat pastors at Bellepoint Baptist Church. He previously served as a youth minister, and Jennifer taught in public schools for five years and at a Christian school. She currently homeschools the couple’s three children – Haddon, a second grader; Eden, a kindergartener; and Boyce, in nursery school. She enjoys teaching aerobics, gardening and singing.