On Oct. 8, the finalists for Homecoming Court were announced.
A link was sent out on Wednesday, Oct. 13 for students to vote for one candidate for Homecoming Royalty.
Joshua Brandel, a biology junior, said he is running because SVSU has presented him with many opportunities and becoming an ambassador for the university would be a great chance for him to give back to its community.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted for me to be here,” Brandel said. “It means a ton and I also want to say congratulations to all of the other finalists. I know many of them personally and am good friends with a handful of them and I can say they all definitely deserve to be finalists as well.”
His escort was his freshman year RA, Maddie Bryce.
“Bryce has played such an integral part in my SVSU life and this is her last semester here, so I thought this would be a cool way for us to wrap up our college experience together,” he said.
Another third year student, Anthony Galea, was also a finalist. He is a part of the fraternity, Sigma Pi.
“I decided to run for court because I thought it would be fun and because I wanted to try something different and out of my comfort zone,” Galea said. “Being a finalist is super cool to me because it shows how supportive so many people can be at SVSU and how much love I’ve gotten from the SVSU community since starting to run has been so insane.”
Another representative from fraternity and sorority life was Katie Nixon, an exercise sci- ence junior. She is in the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha.
“It is such an honor to be a finalist,” Nix- on said. “One of my high school teachers and track coach is an alum of both SVSU and my sorority’s chapter. She is a great example of red pride, and I am proud to follow in her footsteps.”
Wes Hampton, pre-secondary social studies education junior, was running for homecoming court on behalf of Orientation Pro- grams with his running-mate Becca Dubs, a secondary English education fifth-year.
“I love SVSU and feel I have a strong sense of Red Pride,” Hampton said. “Being in the finals means I’ve spread Red Pride to others on campus, and have made connections through my multiple involvements.”
At the football game on Saturday, Oct. 16, the winners were announced. Courtney Vanest, an occupational therapy senior, Wes Hampton and Katie Nixon were “sceptered” as SVSU’s 2021 Homecoming Royalty.
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