Lock and Rucker are Homecoming Royalty

November 11, 2011
Contact: Michelle Barnes, Communications Assistant
865.981.8085; michelle.barnes@my.maryvillecollege.edu

Megan Lock, a senior from Buford, Ga., was crowned Maryville College Homecoming Queen during the College’s Homecoming festivities Oct. 22, while Donald Rucker of Cartersville, Ga., was crowned Homecoming King.

Lock, daughter of Wendy and Pat Barber of Buford and Adrian and Rhonda Lock of Dunwoody, Ga., was escorted by Rucker, a senior, and son of Donald and Tanya Rucker of Cartersville.

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

A 2008 graduate of Mill Creek High School, Lock is a biology major at the College. While at Maryville, she has been involved in such organizations as the softball team, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary and Tri-Beta. She is also an athletic trainer and an MC Ambassador for the Admissions Office.

Rucker, a 2008 graduate of Cartersville High, is a child development with licensure major at the College. While at Maryville, he has participated in the varsity basketball team, vocal ensemble Off Kilter, Maryville College Concert Choir, Student Government Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Global Citizenship Organization. He is president of the Class of 2012.

Other senior candidates included Nicole Verdino of Sevierville, Tenn., escorted by Justin Kirkland of Knoxville, Tenn.; Chelsey-Lee Cole of Knoxville, Tenn., escorted by Wesley Idlette of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Elvira An of Sevierville, Tenn., escorted by Craig Owens of Huntsville, Tenn.

Representing the junior class were Elizabeth Hiatt of Marietta, Ga., and Taylor Wilson of Townsend, Tenn.

Representing the sophomore class were Lauren Evans of Clarksville, Tenn., and Danny Roselli of Wellington, Fla.

Representing the Class of 2015 were Sarah Bond of Millington, Tenn., and Paul Earheart-Brown of Memphis, Tenn.


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 2014 semester is 1,213.