Homecoming Queens are generally thought of as 18- to 21-year-old women. But, the new 2008 Murray State College Homecoming Queen is 47-year-old sophomore, Tamy Davenport.


Homecoming Queens are generally thought of as 18- to 21-year-old women. But, the new 2008 Murray State College Homecoming Queen is 47-year-old sophomore, Tamy Davenport.

Davenport was crowned in front of her fellow students, faculty, staff and community members in a ceremony on the MSC campus in Fletcher Auditorium on April 17.

A ninth-grade Oklahoma City high school drop out, Davenport spent most of her formative years trying to please what she refers to as the "popular group."

"I was too busy being in the 'in-crowd' while smoking dope and partying," Davenport said. "I decided I could live on my own so I tried supporting myself with two part-time jobs. I barely had enough money to make it, and the money I did have I used to party on it. Throughout the years, I created my own party monster and eventually destroyed my life."

After four rehabilitation detoxification centers, Davenport completed her G.E.D. It was during her final counseling sessions at the last rehabilitation center that she knew she had to take a challenging step to create a better life.

"It was one of my Adult Education Learning rehab counselors, Lynn Stewart, from Lawton that gave me the inspirational "I Can" attitude that helped motivate me to go for this second chance in my life," Davenport said.

Seeking a small college with opportunities to give her the initial steps towards a degree that no one in her family had ever achieved, Davenport enrolled with Murray State College in the fall of 2006.

"I wanted a small college and had a real big fear of being accepted," she said. "But, one day I just drove myself to the main campus and talked to a nice lady in the registrar's office. I was told I was going to have to take a placement test. That scared me to death. I had all kinds of thoughts filling my head."

Once tested and accepted to MSC, Davenport said she walked around the campus in awe the first year but quickly embraced her new middle-aged beginning.

Since then, Davenport has surmounted an honorable list of accomplishments at MSC including induction into the International Honor Society of Phi Theta Kappa and serving as Vice President of Scholarship.

Davenport will walk across the stage during the May 9 ceremony at Murray State College and accept her real crown, a new life, direction and mission.

"I plan to attend East Central University in the fall and major in social work so that I can help troubled teens before they drop out of school like I did," she said.