Texas Tech University

Homecoming Court Announced at Rowdy Raider Rally

Amanda Castro-Crist

October 19, 2018

Ten Texas Tech students will take the field at halftime Saturday before a new king and queen are crowned.


The Texas Tech University 2018 homecoming court was announced today (Oct. 19) at Rowdy Raider Rally before the football game against Kansas on Saturday (Oct. 20).

The 2018 homecoming king nominees are:

  • Jacob Howle, an agricultural communications major from Idalou, representing the Texas Tech Terry Scholars
  • Eric Kennison, a biochemistry major from Highland Village, representing President's Select
  • David Rivero, a marketing and management major from Lovington, New Mexico, representing Beta Theta Pi
  • Ethan Smith, a marketing major from Round Rock, representing Phi Kappa Psi
  • Tristan Torres, a public relations major from San Antonio, representing Mortar Board

The 2018 homecoming queen nominees are:

  • Amanda Burton, a kinesiology major from Spring, representing Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Claire Cleveland, an agricultural communications major from Lubbock, representing Pi Beta Phi
  • Abigail Jackson, a nutrition major from Houston, representing President's Select
  • Abigail Raef, a languages and cultures—classics major from Amarillo, representing Alpha Chi Omega
  • Christina Zhu, a microbiology and Spanish major from San Antonio, representing Mortar Board

The top 20 candidates were chosen through a review of candidates' resumes and announced Tuesday (Oct. 16) at the homecoming Student Organization Sing. The number was narrowed to five king and queen candidates each after an interview process. The winners will be announced during halftime Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Last year's homecoming king and queen were Ryan Hawkins of Hobbs, New Mexico, who represented Beta Upsilon Chi, and Casey Fleming of San Antonio, who represented Pi Beta Phi.

For more information about Texas Tech's homecoming events, visit the homecoming website.