Homecoming Queen Candidates
Ashley Baker is a senior at Sam Houston State University and will greatly miss this 'grand ole university' when she graduates in May 2013. During her time here she has been a Bearkat Camp Counselor for the last three years, as well as being an active member of the community by planning various service projects for Bearkat Impact, as well as for her beloved sorority Delta Xi Nu. She is in the Honors College with a 3.45 GPA, and plans to graduate cum laude. After graduation she plans to attend school at NYU to pursue a masters in Media, Culture and Communication.
Raeauna “Rae” Bowen is a Junior Bearkat majoring in Family & Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Event Planning, with hopes of becoming a Program Coordinator for Corporate Businesses or Higher Education Institutions. She prides herself in her community service work, as well as being a leader both on and off campus. She is a true and proud Bearkat, living up to the university's motto: "The Measure of a Life Is Its Service" and always encourages everyone to "Let your smile change the world, but never let the world change your smile!” Raeauna is thoroughly involved with the SHSU campus, currently serving as the Executive Director of Program Council, Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Historian of NPHC, and Campus Manager of the Rent the Runway Internship Program. In 2012, she was the Pageant Coordinator of the Miss Sam Houston Pageant, and reconnected SHSU with the Miss Texas Organization.
While studying as a dance major at Houston Community College Central under the instruction of Maggie Lasher, a SHSU Alumnus, Stephanie R. Corley worked as an artistic and production intern for the Houston Ballet. She discovered a passion for dance and found her niche in stage management. She transferred to SHSU to complete her degree as a Technical Theatre Major, emphasizing in stage management and costuming. She is a Junior, working on two shows this semester, Assistant To the Costume Designer for Enron, and Assistant Stage Manager for Spring Awakening. While Stephanie’s true passion is dance and hopes to work as a stage manager for a ballet company upon graduation, she has discovered theatre and is promoting the SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance. She feels it is extremely important for every individual to be a patron of the arts and find an appreciation or love for theatre and dance.
Candice Lamb is a Sam Houston School spirited, enthusiastic, fun filled Bearkat with a bubbly super friendly personality. She is an avid participant in most campus activities, fund raisers and charitable events. Her passion has always been helping others, in keeping with that; she has chosen the field of education to enlist her talents to enrich the lives of her students. Candice also has a serious side: she is a talented writer, artist, community servant, Christian, and has been on the President’s List here at Sam. In short, she embodies the qualities of a great Homecoming Queen. Candice would like to honor the legacy of SHSU by becoming Homecoming Queen and serving its magnificent student body now and in the future.
Vote Candice Lamb for Homecoming Queen, you know her; she is the one that sports the smile every day. Sammy says: A vote for “Candy” is a sweet choice.
Wendy Martinez is hardworking, determined and a proud Bearkat. She’s a senior majoring in Broadcast/Journalism and will pursue a career in the radio industry after graduation. Wendy works as a Production Assistant for the Mass Communications Department but on her free time she DJ’s on ‘90.5 The Kat’. “DJ Guerita” is known for her playful and energetic personality. Wendy highly enjoys being on-air but she also prides herself as an active sister of Lambda Theta Alpha. She holds the community service chair because she’s passionate about giving to others and recently took on the community service committee for the Fashion Merchandising Club. Wendy proudly donated 12 inches of hair for cancer patients. Sam Houston has been like a second home and she treasures every accomplishment as a Bearkat. Homecoming is a time for celebrating memories and school pride; it would be an honor for her to graduate as your queen.
Risa Mitchell is a junior at SHSU. She is majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations while minoring in Marketing. Risa enjoys remaining involved on campus and in the community. She has had the honor of being the 2011 Miss Sam Houston and hosting the 18th Annual Sammys. Risa is currently a member of Orange Keys, Royalty, PRSSA, Diversity Council, and SAA. One of Risa’s passions is mentoring young girls and she enjoys being a role model to her Royalty sister, Sasha. Risa believes that SHSU is a place of opportunity, friendship, and a sense of belonging. Sam Houston is a place full of opportunity, friendship, and a sense of belonging.Sam Houston is a place full of opportunity, friendship, and a sense of belonging.She plans to leave a legacy at SHSU and within the Huntsville community and hopes to inspire many along the way. How does she do it? Risa lives by many mottos in life, one being Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Summer Restivo, a senior at Sam Houston State University, majoring in Construction Management, minoring in Horticulture Landscape Design. She is Secretary of the Construction Association at SHSU and is very involved. Summer has worked full time throughout her years at Sam Houston in order to support herself and pay for her schooling. She is determined, committed, motivated and enjoys taking leadership roles. By joining the Construction Association it has not only pushed her to take on more responsibilities but it has opened more doors for her than she could have dreamed of. She currently has three companies that want her to intern with them and to continue on and start her career with them. She considerers herself a role model for her fellow students, and pushes them to go the extra mile to show how hard work and dedication pays off in the end.
Courtney Rothe is a senior graduating in December with a major in Mass Communication-Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Courtney feels that being a Panhellenic woman has truly enriched her Bearkat experience and furthered her understanding of the Sam Houston State University motto, “A measure of a Life is its Service.” She currently serves as the Vice President I-Coordinator of Committees for Zeta Tau Alpha and enjoys working with all 28 members of Program Council. Working with her sisters to raise over $30,000.00 for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and will forever be one of her proudest accomplishments. Courtney also represented Sam Houston State University as a member of Team “Exccelerate” at the National Student Advertising Competition last spring. The defining moment of her college career was being a part of Priority One and hosting Mingling with the Media in honor of Dan Rather’s return to SHSU. She interned at the Republican Party of Texas as an event coordinator and proudly displayed her Bearkat spirit at the Capital! She hopes to instill the values of this wonderful university in the next stage of her life.
Ashlyn Voigt is a senior here at SHSU and plans to graduate in the spring with a major in Agricultural Business and a minor in Equine Science. Ashlyn is also an active member of the Delta Tau Alpha Honors Society and the Ag Business Club where she has served on several committees to plan university events. Ashlyn was a member of the 2012 SHSU National Agri-Marketing Association Team and the 2012 Southern Agricultural Economics Association quiz bowl team. This November she will be inducted into the Golden Key International Honors Society. She currently holds an off-campus part-time job along with being a full time student, but in her spare time she enjoys participating in jackpot rodeos. Not only would winning this title top her senior year, but it would ensure that her involvement and time at Sam Houston State would be unforgettable.
Homecoming King Candidates
Jacob Brock, a senior Agriculture Business student from Beach City, Texas, came to Sam Houston in fall of 2010 to begin a degree in the field he loves. Growing up on his family’s Boer Goat farm, he found his niche in livestock and wanted to pursue a career to make a difference in the agriculture field. Jacob is actively involved in numerous organizations on campus. He is currently a part of the Agriculture Ambassador team, is a member of the Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society, a member of the Agriculture Business Club, and is the finance chair for the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He also works as a financial peer counselor in the Student Money Management Center. One thing that Jacob loves about Sam Houston is the wide opportunities that the university provides. After graduation, Jacob plans on pursuing a career in finance for an agriculture related company.
Blair Kelley is a senior at Sam Houston State University majoring in Construction Management. He has his tradesman plumbing license and is employed with Sam Houston State University Physical Plant in the Plumbing Department. Blair has been a member and actively involved with Sam Houston Construction Association for three years and currently holds the Vice President position. The Construction Association has open many doors for Blair. He has built relationships with people in the construction field and was able to get an internship last summer with Hensel Phelps Construction Company. Blair was offered and accepted a full-time position with Hensel Phelps after he graduates in May of 2013.
Shane Rankin is a Senior at Sam Houston majoring in Criminal Justice with minors in General Business Administration and History. Shane has been an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega National Leadership Fraternity for four years and has held numerous positions ranging from Alumni Relations to Membership Education and Development. He is also a member of Order of Omega Greek honor society, and Texas College Republicans SHSU Chapter. Shane is also part of numerous University Committees such as Campus Life Development, Parking and Transit, Parking Appeals, and many more. Outside of the University Shane is a Master Mason of Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 in Huntsville Texas as well as a Royal and Select Master Mason in the Texas York Rite. Shane is also a deputy registrar for Walker County and believes that every American has a duty to participate in democracy. Shane has been the philanthropy and fundraising representative to KSAM for his fraternity for three years and is always doing philanthropic work wherever it is needed in the community. Shane truly believes that being a Bearkat isn’t just a cool phrase but a way of life, and truly attests to the university motto, “The Measure of a Life is its Service”.
Ashton Winfree is a senior double majoring in Marketing and Management. He is a dedicated member of Black Student Alliance, NAACP and the President of The Exceptional Men of the Talented Tenth Inc. Outside of school, Ashton has a strong interest in reading, holding intellectual conversations, and is a campus DJ that loves to make students dance. He feels that all work and no play isn’t living. Ashton wants to own a hotel and believes that through patience and tolerance it will happen. He credits the Talented Tenth for the formation of his manhood and strong character. Ashton believes that serving the community is key in life. Knowledge has to be passed down to younger generations for a prosperous future to come into fruition. He expresses that as people we must not think outside box, we must not create a box.