12 students make up Marietta's 2007 Homecoming royalty

Marietta College's students will get a chance to vote on one of the largest and most diverse Homecoming Courts in recent history as 12 candidates - nine queen and three king hopefuls - make up the 2007 hopefuls. All are seniors.

The winners will be announced at halftime of the Pioneers' football game with Ohio Northern on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Don Drumm Stadium.

In the past, the Homecoming candidates have been predominately from Greek Life organizations but the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life have encouraged more organizations to get involved.

This year, representatives come from all six Greek houses as well as the Charles Sumner Harrison Organization, Dorothy Webster Complex Hall Council, A&H Council, Dance Team, Rainbow Alliance and Omicron Chi Theta.

This year's queen candidates are:

DeAnna DeForest of Cleveland, Ohio, was nominated by the Dorothy Webster Complex Hall Council. DeForest, daughter of Gail Williams, is majoring in psychology with a certificate in leadership. She is a member of Charles Sumner Harrison Organization, Residence Life, Sigma Kappa, Step Team and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Escort: Tyler Preston

Danielle DeRooy, of Mentor, Ohio, was nominated by the Sigma Kappa sorority. DeRooy, daughter of Pete and Kathleen DeRooy, is majoring in early childhood education with a certificate in leadership. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, TEAM C, Up 'til Dawn, and is the executive vice president of Sigma Kappa.
Escorts: Daniel Michalak and Ashley Anderson

Hannah Erb of Whipple, Ohio, was nominated by the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Erb, daughter of Chris and Diane Erb, is majoring in both petroleum engineering and mathematics. She is a member of Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Alpha Lambda Delta, Pi Epsilon Tau. She is also president of the Society of Engineers and a tour guide for the admission office.
Escorts: Charles Powell and Sarah Duplesis

Rosa Hanks, of Henderson, N.C., was nominated by the Charles Sumner Harrison Organization. Hanks, daughter of Robert M. and Yvonne B. Hanks, is majoring in organizational communication with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in oral communication. Her activities include senior interviewer with the admission office, phon-a-thon supervisor for the advancement office, president of Charles Sumner Harrison, Lambda Pi Eta, Marietta College mentor (fall 2006), forensics team (fall 2006) and tutor for St. Giles After School Program in Raleigh, N.C.
Escort: Selena Mallory

Elizabeth "EJ" Lehman, of Lancaster, Ohio, was nominated by the Chi Omega sorority. Lehman, daughter if Greg and Terri Lehman, is majoring in organizational communication with a minor in leadership, along with certificates in Leaders in Action and communication studies. Her activities include cheerleading captain, symphonic wind ensemble, jazz band, percussion ensemble, theatre orchestra, Alpha Psi Omega, The Marcolian, YMCA Youth Program volunteer, Mid-Ohio Valley Players volunteer.
Escorts: Philip DeOrsey and Holly Bader

Carrie Mason, of Parkersburg, W.Va., was nominated by Omicron Chi Theta. Mason, daughter of Terry and Joy Mason, will complete two majors this year in advertising/public relations and marketing with a certificate in leadership studies. Her activities include Relay for Life, American Advertising Federation and chair of the McDonough Student Advisory Council.
Escort: Terry and Joy Mason

Audrey Mihalacki, of Chardon, Ohio, was nominated by the A&H Council. Mihalacki, daughter of Rebecca Mihalacki, is majoring in music theory/composition with a minor in theatre and a certificate in vocal pedagogy. She is a member of the A&H Council, Alpha Psi Omega, Omicron Theta, Rainbow Alliance, Student Global AIDS Campaign, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, International Justice Mission, theatre, concert choir, women's choir and tutoring.
Escort: Amy Bitely

Missy Pacelli, of Mansfield, Ohio, was nominated by the Dance Team. Pacelli, daughter of Dick and Debbi Pacelli, is majoring in both management and marketing. Her activities include Dance Team captain, Student Athletic Advisory Council vice president and promotion committee.
Escorts: Dick Pacelli and Tad Thomas

Kayla Reiland, of Canonsburg, Pa., was nominated by the Rainbow Alliance. Reiland, daughter of Tom Reiland and Mary Ann Jennere, is majoring in early childhood education with a minor in psychology and a certificate in reading endorsement K-12. Her activities include Student Global AIDS campaign, Rainbow Alliance, TEAM C, Kappa Delta Pi, Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Student Senate, Student Conduct Board, Campus Concerns Committee, Dorothy Webster Honor's House, Culinary Committee, Discriminatory and Sexual Harassment Complaint Board, Academic Resource Center tutor and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Escort: Jeff Cordell

This year's king candidates are:

Justin Armstrong, of Baltimore, Md., was nominated by Alpha Tau Omega. Armstrong, son of John and Joan Armstrong, is majoring in graphic design. He is a member of Kappa Pi and is the president of Alpha Tau Omega.
Escort: Helen Bruns

Tom Gray, of Boulder, Colo., was nominated by Delta Tau Delta. Gray, son of William and Tiana Gray, is majoring in both psychology and communication studies with a minor in philosophy and a certificate in both Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Leadership in Action.
Escorts: Meg Griffith and Andy Byers

Joshua Thrash, of Marietta, Ohio, was nominated by Lambda Chi Alpha. Thrash, son of Jim and Jeryl Thrash, is majoring in history with a minor in religion and certificate in leadership. His activities include Student Conduct Board, Relay for Life, Library Planning Committee, Admission Tour Guide and Senior Interviewer.
Escorts: Carrie Russell Thrash and Joel Thrash