King of the Campus: Yazoo native elected first homecoming king at Ole Miss

By JASON PATTERSON,

Yazoo City native Carl Tart has sometimes felt like he’s been treated like a king on the campus of the University of Mississippi.

Now it’s official.

Tart, a senior majoring in Allied Health Studies, was recently elected the first homecoming king at Ole Miss. Tart received 57.5 percent of the vote in the historic election.

Tart said he decided to run for homecoming king because it provided an opportunity to share his positive message with students.

“The whole point was to get my platform out, which is to build a culture of love,” Tart said. “I wanted to bring a message of unity and inclusiveness during a time when there has been so much division. I want people to have something to smile about and something to look forward to when they get up in the morning.”

Tart’s platform isn’t just talk. He has set the example during his time as a student at Ole Miss.

As director of the Student Activities Association, Tart has worked to plan numerous activities to the campus with a goal of having events that appeal to students from all walks of life.

“We try to make sure that we’re being inclusive in all activities,” he said.

One event that Tart is especially proud of was a recent free concert at the Grove featuring Swedish pop star Zara Larsson.

Tart also volunteers much of his time to helping local elementary school students improve their reading skills. He said he developed a strong desire to help others improve their education growing up in a struggling school district in Yazoo City.

“The schools were struggling when I was a student in Yazoo City, and they still are,” he said. “When I was a student I realized that I was grasping the information we were being taught, but many students were not. That gave me a heart for education and for trying to help others get the best possible education.”

Tart plans to pursue his master’s degree at Ole Miss after he graduates in May. He hopes to focus his future career on helping students achieve success.

“I want to work on college campuses to help students like myself succeed,” he said.

For now, Tart is making the most of his college experience at a university where he has thrived.

“I’ve gotten so much support from this university and from this community,” he said.  “This place has filled a very special hole in my heart – a hole that is now filled with friends, family, development and growth.”