Allen Towry and Aali Yarbrough Announced as UTC Reunion King and Queen for 2021 | Characteristics
At halftime of the UTC 2021 Homecoming soccer match against Furman University, Allen Towry and Aali Yarbrough were crowned King and Queen of UTC’s 2021 reunion.
Finley Stadium was buzzing with excitement and energy at halftime ahead of the Homecoming Court presentation. Even with the rain falling over Chattanooga on Saturday morning, many alumni showed up for UTC.
Crowning a reunion king and queen has been a tradition at UTC for many years and this year was no exception. Being on Homecoming Court is an honor few will know, as the court is where the best of the best students have the opportunity to represent their campus.
Academic excellence, on-campus and off-campus involvement, and volunteerism in the local Chattanooga community are just some of the requirements for a well-rounded King and Queen. Scoring is based on 25% application, 50% interview, and 25% student body vote, with the highest-rated candidates winning the crown.
The Office of Student and Family Engagement and the Student Reunion Steering Committee oversee all reunion related matters.
Laura Petrus, director of Student & Family Engagement, said the King and Queen’s song was essentially the finale of reunion week.
“The Homecoming Court presentation at halftime is always a little exciting as this is the last part of what our office and the Reunion Student Steering Committee are coordinating for Reunion week and it’s exciting to see this last part come to fruition, ”said Petrus. “It’s also special to see the enthusiasm of the members of Homecoming Court just before they are introduced and how much they support each other, regardless of the outcome.”
Former Reunion King and Queen Collin Cantrell and Mashara Miller introduced the winners and passed the baton of UTC representation to Towry and Yarbrough.
Towry is a senior in human resources management from Fayetteville, Tennessee. His involvement within the UTC campus and beyond includes the Senator of the Student Government Association, the Head of Guidance, the President of UTC Bigs, as well as numerous positions within the Fellowship. Beta Upsilon Chi.
Being a Moc means more than just being involved on the Towry campus, it is “being a part of something bigger than yourself”. Towry wants his legacy remembered as leaving UTC a more welcoming place than he found it.
“I think at UTC there is an opportunity to raise awareness about diversity and inclusion in all places on campus,” Towry said. “I think it’s such an important concept and it’s a concept that no organization or university can be perfect about. I’ve seen UTC make such progress over the years and I just want my legacy to be one. welcoming person who helped show the Mocs experience and what a Moc is.
Homecoming Queen Yarbrough is also an advocate for change, having served her community by volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Maclellan Shelter for Families, and more.
Yarbrough is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and is majoring in exercise science. She has held 13 leadership positions in various campus organizations including Resident Assistant, Black Student Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, First Year Experience Mentor, and the list goes on.
With much of her time devoted to serving her community, Yarbrough said she always wanted to run for Homecoming Queen and was proud of how far she has come.
“I think to be a MOC is to be a practitioner,” Yarbrough said. “You don’t have to be the most famous person on campus. You don’t need to be an orientation guide or a tour guide. You can be in a club or no club, but if you are creating a change in your community, your group of friends, your loved ones, that is what it means to be a Moc.
Towry and Yarbrough are both amazing examples of what it really means to be a Moc as they love their university and always push for positive change. They each expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to represent UTC in such a grand manner.
“If Allen in first year could see it, he wouldn’t believe it,” Towry said.