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Blinn’s reputation for academic excellence proved key attraction for this year’s Homecoming king and queen

‘Blinn has a reputation as the premier junior college in Texas,’ Homecoming king Josh Evans says

December 13, 2017

It’s no surprise that Blinn College’s greatest attribute – its reputation for academic excellence – helped to recruit two of its outstanding students.

Sophomores Dy’Anna Tompkins and Josh Evans were crowned Blinn College’s Homecoming king and queen during the fall, and both campus leaders pointed to the College’s academic reputation as a key reason why they chose Blinn.


 

Josh Evans


 

“I knew I wanted to pursue my education at a two-year school and Blinn has a reputation as the premier junior college in Texas,” Evans said. “I am proud to be able to represent a college that has done so much for me.”

Evans was nominated by the Blinn Agriculture Club, while the Refined Ladies of Blinn College nominated Tompkins.

“It felt amazing to be named the Blinn College homecoming queen because I am really involved on campus,” Tompkins said. “When I look back on my time at Blinn, this is something that I will always remember.”

Evans and Tompkins were picked by a selection committee using a point system that includes a student vote. The homecoming nominees were scored based on an essay listing the reasons they should be named Blinn’s homecoming queen or king, their performance in the Blinn Homecoming talent show, and letters of recommendation from Blinn faculty.

After graduating from Teague High School in 2016, Evans came to Blinn to study animal science, while Tompkins selected Blinn after graduating from Karen Wagner High School to study criminal justice and theatre arts.

Evans has been part of the Blinn Agriculture Club, a club designed to promote professionalism and leadership among agriculture students, since his freshman year.

“It really is a great organization and we get the opportunity to participate in many activities within the community,” Evans said. “I’m very passionate about agriculture, so naturally I had the inclination to join.”

Tompkins spends a lot of time getting to know her fellow Blinn students as a resident assistant and member of the Refined Ladies of Blinn College.


 

Dy’Anna Tompkins


 

“My favorite thing about Blinn is connecting with new people and learning about their backgrounds,” Tompkins said.

The Refined Ladies club teaches young women confidence and self-respect.

“Refined Ladies come together and uplift each other, and are there for our campus,” Tompkins said. “We participate in Blinn activities and community service, fundraise for our organization, and work with the Boys & Girls Club.”

Following Blinn, Tompkins plans to transfer to a four-year college to purse a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and minor in theatre. Her future plans include acting and modeling.

Evans plans to transfer to Texas A&M University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in animal science before enrolling in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. His future plans include opening his own clinic as a practicing veterinarian.

Registration for Blinn’s Winter Minimester, which runs Dec. 15-22 and Jan. 3-10, is available through Thursday, Dec. 14, and registration for the Spring semester is open through Monday, Jan. 15. College officials encourage early registration for convenient scheduling and placement in high-demand courses.

For enrollment or financial aid information, visit www.blinn.edu.