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Ten students are candidates for titles of Homecoming king, queen

Members of WCU’s 2018 Homecoming court are (front, from left) Jonah Weston, Hailee McCraw, Hannah Sink, Addie Ward, Faith Smith, (back, from left) Anna London, Rae Whitely, David Benoit, Bradley Owen and Dillon Anderson.

Ten Western Carolina University students, including five women and five men, have been named to the Homecoming court for 2018.

The court will be presented and Homecoming king and queen announced during halftime activities at WCU’s home football game against the Citadel on Saturday, Nov. 3. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at E.J. Whitmire Stadium.

WCU students voted in early October to choose their top 10 candidates for king and top 10 candidates for queen from a pool of entrants. A Homecoming court panel conducted interviews with each of the 20 candidates, and then, based on the interview sessions and letters of recommendation from WCU faculty or staff, narrowed the pool of candidates down to the five men and five women who make up this year’s court. The WCU student body voted Oct. 22-23 to choose the king and queen.

Members of the court will participate in WCU’s Homecoming parade that begins in downtown Sylva at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Seeking the title of queen:

Anna London, a senior from Monroe majoring in marketing. A graduate of Union Academy in Monroe, she is the daughter of Teresa London.

Hailee McCraw, a senior from Zirconia majoring in English. A graduate of East Henderson High School in East Flat Rock, she is the daughter of Tanya McCraw and Jeffrey McCraw.

Hannah Sink, a senior from Kernersville majoring in communication sciences and disorders. A graduate of Glenn High School in Kernersville, she is the daughter of Lisa Sink and Kent Sink.

Faith Smith, a senior from Lenoir majoring in social work. A graduate of West Caldwell High School in Lenoir, she is the daughter of Kathy Smith and Brian Smith.

Addie Ward, a senior from Franklinville majoring in political science. A graduate of Providence Grove High School in Climax, she is the daughter of Amy Ward and Larry Ward.

Seeking the title of king:

Dillon Anderson, a sophomore from Robbinsville majoring in communication sciences and disorders. A graduate of Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, he is the son of Kristy Anderson and Joe Anderson.

David Benoit, a junior from Raynham, Massachusetts, majoring in political science and international studies. A graduate of Panther Creek High School in Cary, he is the son of Josette Benoit and Joel Benoit.

Bradley Owen, a senior from Cornelius majoring in communication. A graduate of Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, he is the son of Lisa Owen and Lawson Owen.

Jonah Weston, a junior from Raleigh majoring in communication. A graduate of Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, he is the step-son of Melissa Weston and son of Dan Weston.

Rae Whitely, a senior from Lowell majoring in psychology. A graduate of Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia, he is the son of Miriam Harvey.

For a full schedule of Homecoming events at WCU, visit

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