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Students have been asked to vote for their UCF Homecoming 2015 King and Queen on myUCF since Monday at 9 a.m. through Thursday at 4 p.m.

The two winners will be announced during the halftime show of the Homecoming game on Saturday.

Here are the candidates for Homecoming King and Queen:

Mackenzie Chase

Nursing Senior

Nominated by Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

Why I’m running for Homecoming Queen:

I always felt that the Homecoming Court was a group of people who really represented UCF in the best way. I always strive to be as involved as I can and make the most of my UCF experience, and thought there was no better way than striving to be on Homecoming Court.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I feel that all of the candidates are so qualified and unique. We are all so involved and love UCF so much. I always strive to uphold the UCF Creed in everything I do. To me, that means being true to myself, striving for academic excellence, encouraging my fellow students, using my talents to enrich my community and making UCF a welcoming community for others. I have strived to be an involved member of the UCF community.

Benjamin DeStefano

Finance Senior

Nominated by Student Government Association

Why I’m running for Homecoming King:

I have been so involved with so many parts of campus, and I think that I do a great job representing the student body. I've had a lot of different experiences on campus, from Greek life to Student Government to internships, and I feel as if I can relate to the student body as a whole. I think I embody the UCF Creed by being as well-rounded a person as possible, while maintaining integrity and being involved in the community.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I think my different experiences make me different from the other candidates. I work with students in SGA who are voted into office by the students, and I think that perspective that I've gotten makes me different.

Casey Field

Finance Senior

Nominated by 4EVER KNIGHTS

Why I’m running for Homecoming Queen:

I am so excited to be running for Homecoming Queen because I feel like UCF royalty are more than just crowns and tiaras — they truly embody the voice of all UCF students and represent everything the university stands for.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I represent a lot of different organizations on campus, including Volunteer UCF's Alternative Break Program, the Honors College, LEAD Scholars, President's Leadership Council, 4EVER KNIGHTS, the College of Business Student Ambassadors and RUKUS Entertainment. I wear many different hats on campus. During the day, I am serving the Dean of the College of Business, and at night I throw on my snapback and go to practice. If I had to sum it up, I'd say I have a different voice. As a dancer, student, leader and community volunteer, I want to encourage UCF students to find their home on campus — a place where they can find their own voice. It’s also an honor to be running with the 4EVER KNIGHTS Student Ambassadors because I represent the notion that Knighthood doesn't end when you walk across the stage. Once a Knight, forever an alumni.

Elaine Gerlt

Nursing Senior

Nominated by Chi Omega Sorority

Why I’m running for Homecoming Queen:

I've always loved Homecoming. It's my absolute favorite time of the year. What’s a better way to spend my senior year Homecoming than on Royalty Court?

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I think that I'm really down to earth. I love being involved, and I love all of my organizations, but I really just love making people happy. I believe that every candidate is qualified to win King/Queen. I can't say that I'm better than anyone of these women because we're in this together. I would really like to bring awareness to the partnership between Homecoming and Knight-Thon.

Kalen Hambrick

Criminal Justic Senior

Nominated by Student Athlete Welfare and Development

Why I’m running for Homecoming Queen:

I see running for Homecoming Queen as an opportunity to expand not only my network, but UCF Athletics as a whole. I would like to take this opportunity to be the voice of all student-athletes here and expand our involvement within the UCF community.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

Being a fifth-year senior, student-athlete and graduate student, I feel as though UCF has become a part of me. During these past five years here, I have done a majority of my growing as not only a student-athlete, but also as an adult. Therefore, I feel that I am a great representation of the student body. I believe that you cannot truly be great until you have influenced people around you to be great also.

Michael Ingram

Political Science Senior

Nominated by Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity

Why I’m running for Homecoming King:

I am interested in running for Homecoming King because I want to give back to the place that has become my home away from home. To me, Homecoming King serves as the official representation of UCF for a year, and I would love for that to be me.  As a first-generation college student, I never dreamed of my college experience being like this.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I would say that involvement is definitely unique. I was an Orientation Team Leader, an Honors College Student, a Resident Assistant, an SGA Student Senator, a Legislative Scholar and a brother of Zeta Beta Tau. I believe I should be King because I am professional, personable and persistent. I do embody the UCF Creed 100 percent and meet all the criteria to be King.

Michael Manglardi

Business Management Senior

Nominated by Sigma Pi Fraternity

Why I’m running for Homecoming King:

I believe it is a great opportunity to represent UCF and an incredible experience to be a part of the community's Homecoming festivities. I mean, who doesn't love Spirit Splash? I am thankful for this opportunity to build new friendships and represent UCF.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

From a UCF student that has been going to football games since before I could walk, it’s safe to say I'm a pretty passionate fan. I love this school and community. I've grown up with UCF and have seen countless Homecoming ceremonies. Just to be a part of it all is an exciting experience.

Meneftha Pierre

Human Communications Senior

Nominated by National Council of Negro Women

Why I’m running for Homecoming Queen:

I am confident that I embody what it takes to represent the university during its greatest tradition. I am an ideal candidate. I believe all of my involvement and experiences at UCF have contributed to making UCF a better place and serve as a testimonial to how following the motto of “Reach for the Stars” can really make a difference. This opportunity just adds to my awesome experiences at UCF. What a time to be a Knight.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I am a great representative of a well-rounded UCF Knight. I have worked hard here as a student, excelling in and outside of the classroom, which can be seen in my involvement and experiences: National Council of Negro Women, LEAD Scholars, MASS First Generation Program, Young Women Leader's Program, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society, UCF Sports Business Club, just to name a few. I embody the Creed daily and meet all the criteria to represent the university. I am dedicated to making a difference in the UCF community and the surrounding community. It would be an honor to represent my organization and the student body as a whole.

Michael Scimeca

Biomedical Sciences and Spanish Language Senior

Nominated by Honors Congress

Why I’m running for Homecoming King:

Homecoming represents a week-long celebration of what makes UCF the best school in the nation. Having the opportunity to represent my school and peers on such an important occasion is a phenomenal opportunity and is one to which I am really looking forward.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I have studied abroad twice during undergrad — first in Spain and second in Nicaragua. Additionally, I traveled to Panama on a medical mission trip with International Medical Outreach here on campus. I speak Spanish and am currently learning Italian and Russian. I believe this global mindset sets me apart from the other candidates. As vice chair of the President's Leadership Council, treasurer of Honors Congress and a grant-funded student researcher, I capitalize on representing UCF in diverse areas. These positions, and more, have taught me about the tenets of the UCF Creed, and granted me both personal and professional development. If elected King, I will cherish the crowning opportunity to represent the school that has given me everything.

Jason Skidmore

Psychology Senior

Nominated by Department of Housing and Residence Life

Why I’m running for Homecoming King:

I have realized how much this university has impacted me. I want to take my experiences and show the entire student body the pride, spirit and love for black and gold I have developed. I have wanted to be on court because it is such an amazingly unique opportunity, but knew that the experience was very competitive because there are so many great leaders at this university.

What sets me apart from the other candidates:

I have been fortunate enough to be involved with Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Assistant, the orientation program as an O-Teamer and Student Orientation Coordinator, and the Psychology Department as a Peer Advisor. As an out-of-state student, I felt out of place at first; and through my growth as a Resident Assistant, I have realized that I shouldn't shelter myself from opportunities. I hope to represent a strong group of leaders that can make an immense difference at this university. I want to become someone that other students can look to and identify with. I want to show students that, through time, personal growth and development can occur.

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Rachel Stuart is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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