Four Ashley County natives have been named to the University of Arkansas at Monticello homecoming court.
Cassandra Pollock, Sydnie Ware and Mackenzie Pierce graduated from Hamburg High School, while Maggie Senn from Crossett High School.
The UAM homecoming court is selected through an interview process. Candidates have to be nominated by a recognized student organization.
Nominees must have at least 48 credit hours, a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average, and be active in at least one organization. Twelve students are selected for the court, and the students of UAM later vote who will be queen.
The queen is announced before the homecoming football game.
“I was very nervous leading up to the interview, but once I read the email announcing who made court, I couldn’t have been any more excited for such an awesome opportunity,” Pollock said.
Pollock is a 2012 graduate of Hamburg and currently a senior at UAM. Polluck said she plans to teach school after graduation.. In high school, Polluck was active in choir and band, and she carried her love of music to college. Polluck credits Hamburg choir teacher, Barbara Jones, with encouraging her to join the UAM Concert Choir.
“Mrs. Jones would always stay after school and help me prepare for All-Region and All-State Choir Auditions,” she said. “She’s one of the teachers I couldn’t thank enough for how much she’s helped me in all the years I was a student of hers.”
Senn is a 2014 graduate of Crossett, and is a senior at UAM studying natural science and dental hygiene. Senn said she plans to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. Senn said her favorite teacher at Crossett is Judy McCay.
“Everyone loves JuJu,” she said.
Senn is a former UAM cheerleader and a current member of the Biology Team and College Republicans.
“I was very surprised,” she said. “It’s such an honor to be able to represent this university.”
Pierce said she was also surprised to make the court.
“I was surprised to make court because there were a lot of great girls nominated,” she said.
Pierce graduated from Hamburg in 2014, and is a double major in biology and biochemistry. Pierce said she plans to attend medical school at either the University of Arkansas for Medical Science or at Tulane University in Louisiana.
Pierce said her favorite Hamburg high school memory was when the table at the pre-prom dinner caught on fire in a church fellowship hall.
Ware, a 2015 HHS graduate, also has interesting memories from her time at HHS.
“My favorite high school memory would have to be the only time I ever got in trouble throughout my entire 12 years of school,” she said. “I skipped school and ended up with a jail visit, and 4 days of in-school suspension.”
Ware said she can look back and laugh at it now, but she knows she learned a very valuable lesson.
Ware is a senior exercise major and said she plans to attend a graduate program in either physical therapy or sonography.
Ware, Pollock, Senn and Pierce will all be at the coronation Saturday along with the eight other members of UAM’s court.
The queen will be announced Saturday during the pre-game homecoming activities. The introduction of the court and coronation ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 Saturday afternoon, and the Boll Weevils will kick off against Southern Nazarene university at 3 p.m.