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The 2022 Homecoming Court candidates

Homecoming 2022: Meet the Homecoming Court candidates

It’s the most spirited time of year: Homecoming! The week kicks off Sunday, Feb. 13 with the theme “The Pride Continues.”

The 2022 Augusta University Homecoming Court elections will take place online. All degree-seeking and student activity fee-paying students will receive the ballot via their university email on Monday, Feb. 14. Voting ends on Thursday, Feb. 17. The election process is a combination of a popular vote from the student body and Homecoming Week event participation.

Here are the 2022 Homecoming Court candidates:
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Luke Anderson, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Powder Springs, Georgia

  • member of Black Student Union
  • volunteered in the Endoscopy Suite at AU Health
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Ben Armistead, a sophomore business administration major from Griffin, Georgia

  • vice president of Pi Kappa Phi
  • Orientation Leader
  • volunteer as an umpire for recreational baseball
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Vikashprithvi Ayyappan, a freshman cell and molecular biology major from Evans, Georgia

  • volunteer for MedLife
  • manager for the Sharkara Bollywood Dance Team
  • senator for the Undergraduate Student Government Association
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Matthew Metty, a sophomore biology major from Brunswick, Georgia 

  • alumni relations officer for Delta Chi
  • volunteered at Keep Golden Isles Beautiful trash pickup
  • volunteered at 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathon races for Quintanar Running Company
Homecoming Duchess candidates
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Raiyna Bearden, a freshman pre-nursing major from Seneca, South Carolina

  • member of the Jag Elite Dance Team
  • volunteered at Dream Center Rehabilitation Center for Women
  • worked in Clemson Football Concessions 
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Susan Bishop, sophomore pre-nursing major from Madison, Georgia

  • president of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
  • team leader for Richmond County YoungLife
  • social media specialist for Living Life Team, Inc.
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Kaliope Jordan, sophomore pre-nursing major from Grovetown, Georgia

  • chaplain of Alpha Chi Omega
  • participated in 2nd annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in North Augusta
  • participated in Lydia’s Project
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Rianna McGahee, freshman art major from Augusta

  • volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House
  • donated 100 bars of zest soap to Hurricane Dorian victims 
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Makayla Xiong, a sophomore biology major from Rock Hill, South Carolina

  • member of Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Orientation Leader
  • president of Asia Club

Duke and duchess candidates must be classified as a freshman or sophomore. Currently holding the crowns are Justin Goddard, a digital marketing major, and Krina Patel, a nursing student.

The duke and duchess will be crowned at the Homecoming Dance Party at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 in the Dr. Roscoe Williams Ballroom in the Jaguar Student Activities Center. There will be a live DJ to set the school-spirited vibes.

Homecoming King candidates
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Jorden Crawford, a senior kinesiology major from Grovetown, Georgia

  • vice president of the Eta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • member of the Black Student Union
  • participant of the African American Male Initiative
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Jabari Harris, a nursing student from Atlanta

  • council member of the Omega Eta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • has donated necessities to the homeless population of downtown Augusta
  • participated in community clean-up events in the Metro Atlanta area
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Darryl Hobbs, a junior accounting major from Villa Rica, Georgia

  • an assistant manager salesman
  • member of the AAMI
  • participated in a car wash fundraiser
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Krishna Kolluri, a junior cell and molecular biology major from Tucker, Georgia

  • founder and president of the Indian Student Organization
  • comptroller on the Undergraduate SGA
  • president-elect for the Indian Cultural Exchange
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Maximiliano Lozano, a senior business and spanish double major from Augusta

  • vice president for his class in Delta Chi
  • fundraising chair for Delta Chi
  • participated in Clean Up McDowell, a Delta Chi event
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Isaiah Maddox, a junior majoring in health, society, and policy from Covington, Georgia

  • 1828 Ambassador
  • ROTC cadet currently in the position of platoon sergeant for Head Quarters Detachment
  • mentor for Multicultural Student Engagement
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Jack West, a junior business major from Augusta

  • director for recruitment for the Interfraternity Council
  • chaplain of the Pi Kappa Phi Executive Council
  • participated in the Riverwalk clean up
Homecoming Queen candidates
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Priscilla Ajala, a junior chemistry major from Loganville, Georgia

  • executive board secretary for the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students
  • youth ministry leader
  • member of the Jaguar Track team
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NiaLania Battle, a senior kinesiology major from Warner Robins, Georgia

  • member of the Tau Phi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • 1828 Ambassador
  • R.O.A.R. Camp Mentor
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Alexis Ezeanii, a junior cell and molecular biology major from Roswell, Georgia

  • Chief Justice for Undergraduate SGA
  • member of Alpha Chi Omega
  • ambassador for the College of Science and Mathematics
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Caroline Gibson, a junior kinesiology major from Gainesville, Georgia

  • vice president for Panhellenic Relations for Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Delta Pi’s team captain for Jaguar Miracle
  • director for for New Member Experience for her sorority
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Ariana Harmon, a nursing student from Hazelhurst, Georgia

  • Human Resources director for The Remnant City Church Augusta
  • a university cheerleader
  • volunteers for special events and family-oriented services for her church
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Nyhirah Higgenbottom, a nursing student from Savannah, Georgia

  • president of She Blossoms
  • treasurer of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • volunteers at Golden Harvest Food Bank
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MarTesha Kennedy, a senior health promotion and community wellness major from Savannah, Georgia

  • captain of Pom and Dance team
  • president of HOSA
  • volunteered with little league football in her hometown
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Lyn Longley, a senior political science major from Evans, Georgia

  • president of the Pre-Law Club
  • vice president of Pamplin College’s student ambassadors
  • volunteered for the local Special Olympics
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Monique Overstreet, a senior social work major from Springfield, Georgia

  • Leap Week Leader
  • Inclusion chair for Zeta Tau Alpha
  • volunteered with Augusta Animal Services
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Christina Waller, a junior biology major from Atlanta, Georgia

  • member of Phi Theta Kappa in the 2020-21 school year
  • participated in food drives for the community
  • volunteered at HIV drives for the community

King and queen candidates must be classified as a junior or above. Currently holding the coveted titles are Jayvon Nougaisse, a medical student, and Asha Sookraj, a nursing student.

The king and queen will be crowned at the Jaguar basketball games against Flagler College Saturday, Feb. 19. The women’s game begins at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s game begins at 3:30 p.m.

Visit the Homecoming 2022 webpage for the full list of the university’s most spirted week of the year.

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