Wilson and Carson are Homecoming royalty

Nov. 7, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications
865.981.8207; communications@maryvillecollege.edu

Paris Wilson, a senior from Detroit, Mich., was crowned Maryville College Homecoming Queen during the College’s Homecoming festivities Oct. 20, while Doug Carson of Knoxville, Tenn., was crowned Homecoming King.

Wilson, daughter of Genevieve Wilson of Inkster, Mich., was escorted by Carson, a senior, and son of Joe and Karen Carson of Knoxville, Tenn.

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

A 2009 graduate of Austin-East High School, Wilson is a psychology major and mathematics minor at the College. While at Maryville, she has been involved in such organizations as the Black Student Association, Residence Hall Association and Psi Chi (psychology) Club. She is also an MC Ambassador for the Admissions Office.

Carson, a 2009 graduate of West High School, is a mathematics major at the College. While at Maryville, he has participated in the Student Government Association.

Other senior candidates included Jerica Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., escorted by Matthew Morgan of Atlanta, Ga.; Deonna Walker of Springfield, Ind., escorted by Brian Bush of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Kiera Payne of Chattanooga, Tenn., escorted by Sam Boring of Townsend, Tenn.

Representing the junior class were Abby Davis of Maryville, Tenn., and Garrett Painter of Knoxville, Tenn.

Representing the sophomore class were Ariana Rector of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and John Mainland of Hendersonville, Tenn.

Representing the Class of 2016 were Whitley Perry of Pleasant View, Tenn., and Aaron Tracy of Louisville, 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.