Briya Alford and Andrew Garrett were named 2021 Arkansas Tech University Homecoming queen and king during a pre-game ceremony at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday, Oct. 23.
Alford, a 20-year old junior from Conway, and Garrett, a 21-year old senior from Benton, were elected by their fellow ATU students through online voting.
Chapter president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alford has held membership in the African American Student Association, the ATU Choral Artists and the ATU University Singers during her time on campus. She works as community assistant for the Diversity and Inclusion Validates Everyone (DIVE) living and learning community through the ATU Department of Residence Life.
Alford plans on teaching music as a choral educator following her graduation from ATU. She is also interested in pursuing graduate study.
Alford’s parents are Shalonda Williams and Travis Alford. She was nominated for Homecoming court by M-Street Residence Hall and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Garrett is saxophone section leader for the ATU marching band, “Arkansas’ Band of Distinction,” and the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He has also performed with the ATU Jazz Ensemble and various woodwind ensembles at Arkansas Tech. He serves as event coordinator for the ATU Pre-Law Society.
After his graduation from ATU, Garrett plans to attend the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. His career goal is to work as a prosecutor.
Garrett’s parents are Karen and Wesley Garrett. He was nominated for Homecoming court by Sigma Alpha Iota.
Alford and Garrett were joined on the 2021 ATU Homecoming court by senior Lora Brown of Rogers, senior Maddi Holloway of Alma, senior Piper Orio-Dettling of Hector, senior Kaitlynn Vue of Rogers, senior Parker Freeman of Hope, junior John Hiland of Greenbrier, senior Glendon VanSandt of Kansas, Okla., and junior Haedden Vereecke of Lavaca.