WBU Coed, Alums Vie for Queen Honors at Homecoming

PLAINVIEW – A slate of four former students and 11 current students are vying for two different crowns during the weekend’s homecoming celebration at Wayland Baptist University.

Ladies from the honor classes of 1967, 1977, 1987 and 1997 are returning to Wayland to vie for the honor of Coming Home Queen. The winner will be announced at the luncheon slated for noon on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the University Center, and the entire court introduced at the basketball games later that afternoon. Alumni will vote for their Coming Home Queen choice during Friday’s activities on campus. On the ballot for the alumni honors are Pat Johnson of Amarillo, Beverly Chatman of Amarillo, Judy Thomason Bratcher of Bryan and Lyndee Carter Gasaway of Haskell.

Announcement of the Homecoming Queen and court will be at halftime of the Pioneers’ games. Nominees include Stephanie Ciszek, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., representing the Wayland Pep Band; Amy Dillon, a junior from League City, representing Student Foundation; Alanna Dixon, a junior from Plainview, representing Students in Free Enterprise; Lindsey Fowler, a junior from Lubbock, representing Student Union Board; Abby Holmes, a senior from Hobbs, N.M., representing Alpha Delta Kappa; KrisAnn Jennings, a senior from Perryton, representing the Senior Class; Leigha Messer, a senior from Amarillo, representing Kappa Upsilon Chi; Joy Miller, a senior from Amarillo, representing Student Government Association; Stephanie Nelson, a senior from Pampa, representing Senate; Katie Trimble, a junior from Childress, representing Baptist Student Ministries; and Callie Wheeler, a senior from Whitewright, representing the Junior Class.

Representing the class of 1967, Pat Johnson started her college career after her children began school, then began a teaching career in the Plainview schools. In 1992, Pat and husband Dub moved to Amarillo, where she is a volunteer and substitute at Belmar Elementary and attends First Baptist Church. The Johnsons have two daughters, Debbie Holt and Amy McOwen, both of whom were teachers like their mother.

Beverly Chatman represents the class of 1977. A longtime teacher in Brownfield, Frenship and now Amarillo, Chatman works with the Tyler Resource Center in downtown Amarillo, working with 3- and 4-year-old homeless children in shelters. Chatman was a cheerleader at Wayland and competed in the Miss Wayland pageant. She and husband Stan, director for the Palo Duro cluster of schools and a WBU graduate, have two children: Trenesa and Jarred.

Representing the class of 1987, Judy Bratcher studied music and education at Wayland and was active in the International Choir, Rejoice and BSU. She worked as a recruiter and directed Rejoice for several years before beginning a teaching career. She also owned a music studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for several years, and she now teaches at Crockett Elementary in Bryan. She and husband Joel, a Wayland graduate and director of the Baptist Student Ministries at Texas A&M University, have two children, Jordan and Jonathan.

The most recent graduate on the ballot, Lyndee Carter Gasaway represents the class of 1997. At WBU, Gasaway was in International Choir and Sigma Alpha Iota and studied education. After graduation, she has taught at both the elementary and junior high levels and was active in her husband’s youth ministry. She is a homemaker in Haskell, where husband Greg, also a WBU graduate, is pastor of the First Baptist Church and she is active in the church music ministry and women’s ministry. The Gasaways have three children: Moriah, Garrett and Ainsley.

For a full schedule of Homecoming activities, visit the Wayland web site at www.wbu.edu and click on the homecoming icon at the bottom. Contact the alumni services office at (806) 291-3600 for reservations or more information.