Nov. 3, 2012
AUBURN - Auburn senior women's basketball player Blanche Alverson was named as Auburn's Miss Homecoming Saturday at halftime of the Tigers' Homecoming Game against New Mexico State. She was escorted at the game by her father, Bill Alverson.
A native of Andalusia, Ala., Alverson was selected to the court earlier this semester after surviving two rounds of interviews. The first round of interviews cut the field down to 20 while the second round cut it to five.
The five finalists campaigned and spread the word of their platforms during Homecoming Week. A winner was selected by a vote of the student body that was held on Nov. 2.
Alverson's platform was her "Ballin' For Books" community service initiative. A program initiated by Alverson last year, it collected books during two Auburn women's basketball games last season. More than 1,100 books were collected and then donated to the Loachapoka Library, the Pine Hills Literacy Project, the Boys and Girls Club and even spread to programs in the greater Atlanta area.
The crowning capped a busy week for Alverson as she and her teammates prepare to open the 2012-13 season next week in Raleigh, N.C. Auburn will play its season-opener Nov. 9 against Maine in the Wolfpack Invitational. The Tigers will take on either host North Carolina State or Wofford in the second round.