Sara Dunmon, Tyler Murphy honored as PJC Homecoming queen and king

Homecoming King Tyler Murphy of Commerce and Homecoming Queen Sara Dunmon of Powderly. (PJC Photo by Margaret Ruff)

Homecoming King Tyler Murphy of Commerce and Homecoming Queen Sara Dunmon of Powderly. (PJC Photo by Margaret Ruff)

The Homecoming queen and king of Paris Junior College for the 2013-14 school year are Sara Dunmon of Powderly and Tyler Murphy of Commerce.

Murphy was recognized during Homecoming festivities on Saturday at halftime of the men’s basketball game at the Hunt Center because she was in Tyler with the Dragons volleyball team at the Region 14 tournament.

Dunmon was recognized in absentia because she was in Tyler competing with the PJC women’s volleyball team in the Region XIV tournament. Dunmon and Murphy, wearing their crowns, were photographed together on Monday.

Dunmon, a 2012 graduate of North Lamar High School, is the daughter of Carol and David Dunmon of Powderly. A sophomore, she is attending PJC on a volleyball scholarship. The Dragons volleyball team eliminated fellow North Zone teams Trinity Valley and Panola before bowing out of the double-elimination tournament with a loss Saturday night to nationally No. 1-ranked Blinn College. Dunmon has indicated that after graduating from PJC, she will continue her education at a four-year university in pursuance of a nursing degree.

Murphy, a 2012 graduate of Commerce High School, is the son of Blenda and Gary Walter of Commerce. A sophomore, he is attending PJC on a basketball scholarship and is currently serving as manager for the Dragons basketball team. He is also a member of the African American Student Union. Murphy has indicated that after graduation from PJC, he will continue his education at a four-year university and then on to medical school.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.