Congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming Court!

These five women were selected through a student body vote to represent the University as the official court this year. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned from among these outstanding women at the Pep Rally and Bonfire on Friday, October 13 at 7 p.m. on the Quad.

Mackenzie Brannan

Mackenzie Brannan

Psychology
Senior
Hometown: Austin, TX

Sponsoring Organization:
Student-Athlete Advisory Council

Platform Statement

I am honored to showcase the importance of giving support to the community and achieving academic success by utilizing my athletic platform as an ambassador of Alabama Gymnastics. Whether it is on the gym floor or in a research lab, Alabama is a place Where Legends Are Made, and I hope to influence my peers across campus to believe it is within them.

Philanthropic Summary

My philanthropic organization of choice is Read Bama Read, “a non-profit organization that was formed within weeks of the devastating April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak that not only ripped through the heart of Tuscaloosa and surrounding cities, but also completely devastated local school libraries.” Through Read Bama Read, kids love for reading is strengthened in an effort to promote improved educational success by supporting learning and enhancing literacy throughout the Alabama community. This is important to me and my teammates because we know how much education can impact a kid’s life and their future success.


Abigail Greenberg

Abigail Greenberg

Nursing
Senior
Hometown: Montgomery, AL

Sponsoring Organization:
Delta Delta Delta

Platform Statement

I, Abigail Greenberg, hereby state my intent to run for the 2017 Homecoming Queen at The University of Alabama. For me it is not just about a title or a crown, but most importantly a cause. As I reflect back on my time here at the Capstone, I am truly blessed to have made so many special memories and lifelong friendships. I am fortunate enough to be part of such an amazing organization like the B+ Foundation at The University of Alabama. I have been able to raise money and awareness for a philanthropy that is near and dear to my heart, childhood cancer. I have chosen to support the Alabama chapter of B+. I cannot imagine a parent watching helplessly as their child suffers and fights for their life. Unfortunately, we all know someone lost to this awful illness, cancer does not discriminate. Often we tend to forget just how precious life is; we only get one shot. These children deserve a chance at life and that is why I am so excited to continue to raise money for those family that need our help. No one deserves to fight alone in the battle against childhood cancer.

Philanthropic Summary

The Andrew McDonough Be Positive Foundation is an organization that is near and dear to my heart. Andrew McDonough left a legacy on this Earth that is irreplaceable. Even on the roughest days, Andrew was able to live by the words that founded the organization: Be Positive. B+ has given me the opportunity to connect with students at The University of Alabama that share the same passion as I do, to help find a cure for childhood cancer. For anyone that knows me, childhood cancer plays a huge role in my life. I plan to dedicate my future in my career as a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Oncology. My sophomore year, Nolan Fields, a young man I grew up with, was supposed to begin his Freshman year at Alabama. He was fighting for his life against Stage 3 Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with the support of his fraternity brothers and surrounding friends. Unfortunately, he lost his battle. The night before he was laid to rest, B+ Foundation at the University pulled together with other organizations and raised over $8,000 in his memory. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this. From this event on, I knew B+ Foundation was the organization for me. I have been an active member of their executive board as Campus Relations Director for the past year and a half. I have been blessed to meet many of our B+ heroes, local kids in the Tuscaloosa area who are also fighting the same fight as Andrew and Nolan. I believe it is time to pull together and stand up as a campus to fight against childhood cancer. They deserve a chance at life and they deserve more than 4. More than 4 is a slogan we use to publicize that less than 4 percent of federal cancer research funding is dedicated to childhood cancer research. I want to be the voice on our campus to change this devastating statistic.


Lane Griffith


Lane Griffith

Communication Studies
Senior
Hometown: La Mesa, CA

Sponsoring Organization:
NSBE and C100

Platform Statement

I am running for homecoming queen in order to create a platform of growth, understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of the members of our campus community. Being a person made of of differences from parents origins to experiences I have grown to love and accept the stories of those I have come to meet while on this campus. I want to make sure that not only everyone’s story is appreciated but acknowledged. I want to inspire people of all races, backgrounds, mental abilities, sexual orientations, and religions on this campus. I want everyone to feel like they have a place and purpose and I want to be an outlet and have a platform to help them find that. All in all I want to be a positive face on this campus, I first tried it through the creation of positivity Tuesday with Snapchat and now hopefully with University of Alabama homecoming queen.

Philanthropic Summary

I am supporting the organization From Rags 2 Riches that focuses on brings packages and supplies as well as gently used clothes to needs based groups in Tuscaloosa. Its mission is to bridge the gap between college student understanding of the community and the reality of the community itself. I gives the students at the university an opportunity to give back in an impactful way that won’t break their pockets. Some of the groups that have been focused on in the past have been domestic violence victims, low income kinds in extended school service, and single mothers. It will help bring awareness to hardships outside of our college walls.


Allison Mollenkamp


Allison Mollenkamp

English
Senior
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO

Sponsoring Organization:
College of Engineering Does Amateur Radical Theatre

Platform Statement

The University of Alabama became my home when I needed one most. From the moment I stepped on campus my senior year of high school, I felt welcome and included. In my time here I’ve tried to earn that sense of welcome by contributing to the campus community through my art, service, and academics. As president of COE does ART I’ve helped put on many plays on campus and as a member of the Million Dollar Band my freshman and sophomore year I helped support the Tide, including at the 2015 National Championship. It would mean a lot to be able to represent a school and a community I love so much as your Homecoming Queen. As Queen I would work to support my philanthropy, the Humane Society of West Alabama, which does so much for pets in Tuscaloosa and beyond.

Philanthropic Summary

My philanthropy is the Humane Society of West Alabama. I grew up with shelter pets and so I know they have so much love to give. I want to encourage the policy of “Adopt, don’t shop” so that all pets will have a home. I also hope to encourage responsible pet ownership, especially among college students.


Alex Smith


Alex Smith

Political Science and Journalism
Senior
Hometown: New Market, AL

Sponsoring Organization:
Society of Professional Journalists

Platform Statement

While we often experience many hardships throughout life, we ultimately have two options – to let those hardship define us, or us define them. When I was 14 I lost my home and all my belongings to a fire, and my parents separated shortly after. My extended family provided both me and my mother a home until we could get back on our feet. While there is a stigma surrounding the issue of homelessness, many lower to middle class families are often just one unfortunate event away from losing everything they have. A lot of those individuals are not always as lucky as I was. My intent is to educate students on the issue of homelessness throughout the state of Alabama and Tuscaloosa and diminish the stigma that accompanies the issue.

Philanthropic Summary

The Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama is a non-profit organization that provides statewide membership with the mission of increasing housing opportunities for Alabamians with the greatest financial need. LICHA works closely with other advocacy groups across the state of Alabama, and operates under the impression that every child deserves a safe place to call home.