Shipley and Kirksey are Homecoming royalty

Oct. 14, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Keli Shipley, a senior from Chattanooga, Tenn., was crowned Homecoming Queen during Maryville College’s Homecoming festivities Sept. 28, while senior John-Cole Kirksey of Greenville, Miss., was crowned Homecoming King.

Shipley, daughter of Tom and Laurie Shipley of Chattanooga, Tenn., was escorted by Kirksey, the son of John and Beth Kirksey of Greenville, Miss.

Candidates are nominated by students in their respective classes, with the entire student body selecting the Homecoming Queen and King through an election.

A 2010 graduate of Girls Preparatory School, Shipley is a political science major at the College.

Kirksey, a 2010 graduate of Greenville Christian School, is a design major at the College.

Other senior candidates included Hollie Malin of Lenoir City, Tenn., escorted by Josh Hunley of Knoxville, Tenn.; Onyeka Ononye of Obosi, Nigeria, escorted by Danny Roselli of Wellington, Fla.; and Michelle Foulke of Parkland, Fla., escorted by sophomore Addison Grimm of Maryville, Tenn. (Travis Felder of Orange Park, Fla., was unable to participate.)

Representing the junior class were Sheryl Tingling of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Roman Lay of Alcoa, Tenn.

Representing the sophomore class were Allisen Greathouse of Fairview, Tenn., and Xavier Sales of Douglasville, Ga.

Representing the Class of 2017 were Brittney Lands of Chatsworth, Ga., and Nicholas Peterson of Douglasville, Ga.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.