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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2020) — The University of Kentucky crowned Homecoming royalty virtually for the first time this weekend. The crowning of this year’s royalty concludes the Alumni Association’s "Homecoming at Home" week of virtual events. See the video above for what was shown at Kroger Field during Kentucky's Homecoming victory over Mississippi State.
Faith Turner, a senior and native of Maysville, Kentucky, double-majoring in political science and communication was crowned Homecoming Queen. Cameron French, a senior from Wolfe County, Kentucky, studying community and leadership development and political science is the 2020 Homecoming King. French is also a Robinson Legacy Scholarship recipient.
Chloe Kellom, a sophomore nursing major from St. Louis, Missouri, is this year’s Miss Black UK.
Other finalists for king and queen included:
- Alec Elmore, a junior and native of Louisville studying digital and mass communication;
- Allison Holt, a Social Enterprise Scholar senior from Nicholasville, Kentucky, who is majoring in accounting and minoring in business analytics,
- Billy Devericks II, of Topmost, Kentucky, who is a senior double-majoring in political science and history with a certificate in Appalachian studies.
- Carson Hardee, a senior and native of Lexington triple-majoring in marketing, management and dance and minoring in international business, who is also a Gaines Fellow and a Gatton Global Scholar;
- Jada Phillips, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in human health sciences on the pre-med track;
- Madison Little, of Hyden, Kentucky, a senior public health major;
- Nick Joseph, hailing from Lexington, a junior double-majoring in finance and marketing; and
- Stacie Fugate, a senior and native of Hazard, Kentucky, majoring in political science and minoring in Appalachian studies.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.