2013 UK Homecoming Royalty Candidates
Elijah Edward Zimmerman is from Richmond, Kentucky, son of Mark and Lisa Zimmerman. Elijah is the oldest of four children and a senior at the University of Kentucky. He takes great pride in everything he does because it is for his family and builds the bridge for them to follow. He loves spending time with his wonderful girlfriend, friends and family and is overjoyed to have his brother here at UK as a freshman this year. He plans to pursue a Masters in Communication after May graduation and actively work towards becoming a better role model for his siblings.
Hunter Porter is a junior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Economics. Hunter is the son of Tom and Wanda Porter. He was born and raised right here in Lexington, KY. He is a proud brother of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity where he currently serves as President. He is also a Senator-At-Large for Student Government, a Wildcat Ambassador, and serves on the DanceBlue committee. He enjoys reading, watching movies and hanging out with friends in his free time. Hunter could not be happier with his decision to come to the University of Kentucky. Go Cats!
Roshan Palli is the son of Dr. Subba and Mrs. Usha Palli of Lexington, Kentucky. A junior Mathematical Economics, Economics, Mathematics, and Political Science major, Roshan currently serves as UK’s Student Body President. Besides serving as Student Government President and serving as the student voice on the Board of Trustees, Roshan remains involved throughout campus. He is a proud brother of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, serving as Recruitment Chair for the fraternity during fall recruitment this year. He also works for the Visitor Center and does research with the Department of Economics.
Jake Ingram, son of John and Melissa, is a junior mechanical engineering major from Nicholasville, KY. He has been involved in Student Government since freshman year in different roles, including the Freshman Leadership Development Program, two years as a student Senator, and this year serves as the Student Body Vice President and on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Across campus he has been involved as a tour guide for the Visitors Center, the Sigma Chi Fraternity, WrapUp America, and Reformed University Fellowship. Outside of school, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, camping, fishing and simply being in the great outdoors.
Alexander Wade is the son of Charley and Cathy Wade, both University of Kentucky alumni. He is the tenth generation that has lived on their Lexington, Kentucky farm. He is a senior completing a degree in Biosystems Engineering and will be attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine upon graduation. He is currently President of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Family Relations Chair for DanceBlue, President of Wrap Up America and a member of the UK Club Water Polo team. He is so thankful for the opportunities provided to him by the University of Kentucky that has cultivated his passion for service and enhanced his ability to lead.
Tamika Maria Tompoulidis is a senior, Communications major from Middletown, Ohio. She is the daughter of Ilias and Stella Tompoulidis. Tamika is currently the Director of Promotions for Student Government Association and is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She is a Chellgren Fellow, University Scholar, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, past Emerging Leader Institute student, and President of Communication Student Association. She enjoys volunteering at The Center for Courageous Kids, DanceBlue and within her Greek Orthodox Christian Church. Tamika enjoys traveling abroad and plans to work in academia in the future, after graduate school.
Katie Longarzo is a senior from Lexington, KY studying Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles, and Communication. Her parents are UK Alumni, Sandra and Edward Longarzo. Katie is President of Kappa Alpha Theta and a member of the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles Club. During her time at UK, she has been a UK Greek Ambassador, Treasurer of her sorority, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Katie also represented UK at the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference, attended Panhellenic’s Sophomore Leadership Institute, and has participated in Relay for Life and DanceBlue. UK taught Katie the value of diversity, and appreciation for life’s opportunities. After college, she plans to work in New York City specializing in Fashion Public Relations or Trend Forecasting.
Mary McLin Joiner is the daughter of Jim and Susan Joiner of Princeton, Kentucky. She’s majoring in Integrated Strategic Communication emphasizing in Public Relations with a minor in Communication. She has interned with Lexington Center Corporation, Kentucky Press Association, Macy’s, and The Event and Arena Marketing Conference. She is the Vice President Chapter Development of Delta Delta Delta, Vice President of Public Relations Student Society of America, International Language Program Partner, and has been active in Dance Blue, Campus Outreach Ministries, and Habitat for Humanity for the past four years.
Micaha Reann Dean, daughter of Jim and Judy Howard, is a University of Kentucky junior working toward degrees in Integrated Strategic Communication and Corporate Communication with minors in Computer Science and Spanish. Micaha currently serves as President of the UK Student Activities Board, Executive Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and is a leader within many other campus organizations. After graduation from UK, Micaha plans to attend law school, where she hopes to specialize in intellectual property law. Micaha's ultimate goal is to make the Big Blue Nation proud wherever her career takes her.
Claci Ayers is a Singletary scholar from Bowling Green, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Steve and Elizabeth Ayers. She is an agricultural biotechnology major who will be attending medical school in the fall. She currently serves as the Overall Chair of DanceBlue. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Christian Student Fellowship, Wildcat Ambassadors, FUSION, and serves as the student representative on the Sesquicentennial Committee.
Liz Pawley is a senior Communication major from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Dan and Lisa Pawley. Liz serves as Team Relations Chair for DanceBlue, and has been actively involved with the organization since her freshman year. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and serves as the sorority’s Service and Philanthropy Director. Liz has also held leadership positions with UK FUSION and Panhellenic Council, and is a member of Communication Honor Society. She hopes to continue her education and earn a graduate degree in Career Counseling.
Logan Sparks is an Integrated Strategic Communication major from Mayfield, KY. She is the daughter of Brad and Teri Sparks. During her time at UK she has served as President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Public Relations Chair for DanceBlue and been an active member of many other campus organizations, including the K Book Editorial Board and Student Development Council. In addition to her participation in many extracurricular activities, she has worked as a University of Kentucky Visitor Center Campus Tour Guide and Wildcat Ambassador since her freshman year. Upon graduation, Logan hopes to work as a Leadership Consultant for Alpha Delta Pi sorority and has plans to eventually pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs.
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