With the motivation of wearing a crown and sash, the runners for UCF’s Homecoming King and Queen are awaiting their time to shine and represent the university.
Homecoming 2015 Royalty Director Alyssa Hayduke, a senior health sciences pre-clinical major, has been involved in anonymously reviewing applications, overseeing all things Court-related and becoming the Royalty Court’s “mother” until after Homecoming.
“I schedule their appearances before and after Homecoming [and] order all sashes, crowns and flowers for the members in preparation for the Homecoming Game,” Hayduke said. “I love being able to work with all of these amazingly talented and involved students and to help them bring the student body together during this amazing week.”
The Homecoming King and Queen should embody the UCF Creed, along with meeting all criteria laid out in the rules packet.
According to the “King and Queen Rules” packet, eligible requirements for candidates include meeting all UCF Golden Rule requirements, being currently enrolled as a UCF student and being nominated by a Registered Student Organization, club or sports team on campus.
During the week of Homecoming, candidates must attend all Homecoming events wearing their court sashes, proper clothing, remain drug free and support all organizations and teams participating in Homecoming, the packet states.
Runners for Homecoming King and Queen are generally students who are involved on campus and aspire to be the face of UCF’s Homecoming, not only for the current year but for the next year’s homecoming festivities, as well.
The two winners will be announced during the halftime show of the Homecoming game on Oct. 24.
“As far as who will win, I think it could be any of them. They are all so involved and well known around the UCF community, and I believe each Court member would be a wonderful choice as King/Queen,” Hayduke said.
The selection process is quite competitive because it starts with several qualified applicants, and is narrowed down to the final Homecoming Court.
Interested junior, senior or graduate student applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher had to first be nominated by an organization as their representative.
The online application through KnightConnect is then filled out and submitted, along with the organizational endorsement form, résumé and headshot.
Once all applications are in, Hayduke said the executive board reviews each completed application anonymously, and the top 10 King and top 10 Queen candidates will be selected to advance to interviews.
The judges then select the top five King and top five Queen candidates who make up the Royalty Court.
Voting is open on myUCF starting Monday at 9 a.m. through Thursday at 4 p.m.
After voting has been closed, the student body vote will then be combined with the percentages from the applicant’s application and interview.
“Once Homecoming Kings and Queens are crowned, they don’t really go around and do many appearances. They represent Homecoming all week, and the next year they’re basically the face of that Homecoming Week. They’ll be at Spirit Splash and will crown the next King and Queen,” said Homecoming 2014 Royalty Director Brittany Vasile in a previous interview with the Central Florida Future.
The chosen Homecoming King and Queen hold their titles for one year, and are responsible for returning to UCF to crown the next King and Queen.
Runners for Homecoming King/Queen:
Mackenzie Chase, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority
Benjamin DeStafano, Student Government Association
Casey Field, 4Ever Knights
Elaine Gerlt, Chi Omega Sorority
Kalen Hambrick, Student Athlete Welfare and Development
Michael Ingram, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
Michael Manglardi, Sigma Pi Fraternity
Meneftha Pierre, National Council of Negro Women
Michael Scimeca, Honors Congress
Jason Skidmore, Housing and Residence Life
Rachel Stuart is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.