Warren County High School graduate Callie Durham is now MTSU royalty.
Durham was crowned MTSU’s Homecoming Queen on Saturday during the Blue Raider football game against Louisiana-Monroe.
“To get an honor like this at the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee is a surreal experience,” said Durham, a senior who will graduate in December. “For my classmates to recognize me and show they appreciate me in this way, that’s the best part.”
Twenty students were nominated for Homecoming Queen, but only the top five vote-getters were named to the Homecoming Court. All students on campus, both graduate students and undergraduates, were allowed to vote.
Durham participates in a variety of extracurricular activities on campus and is known locally for spearheading an autism awareness 5K run and walk. In two years, the race has earned an estimated $15,000. A third 5K race is scheduled this April.
At MTSU, Durham is executive vice president of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She’s also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and the Institute of Leadership Excellence.
She’s a reporter and anchor for the TV station at MTSU and has served as a reporter for the campus newspaper, Sidelines. A former Pioneerette, Durham has also been a member of the MTSU Blue Raider dance team. She is double majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish and wants to become a TV news reporter.
“I like to be involved and I love to volunteer,” said Durham. “I’ve always thought you should be active in the ways you’d like the future to be because that’s how you shape it.”
Like the rest of her endeavors, Durham says she plans to fulfill her duties as Homecoming Queen to the best of her ability.
“It’s a figurehead for pride of the student body, someone who embodies the spirit of MTSU,” said Durham.