NSU crowns 2018 homecoming king and queen
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NSU crowns 2018 homecoming king and queen

Published 10/4/18

Caleb Eutsler

TNE Writer

Homecoming is a time NSU invites alumni back to campus to honor pride and tradition. One way of honoring this tradition is electing a new homecoming king and queen. Based on individual achievement on campus and a peer vote, the crowned students are awarded the honor of representing their school for years to come. Before homecoming week begins, an application and interview gives students the chance to run for homecoming king and queen.

“My favorite part of the interview process was getting to know all of the candidates better,” said Mollie Hearn, Muldrow junior and Student Homecoming Week Committee royalty chair. “The interview was calculated by three judges who chose the students to represent the court. After they were announced, students were encouraged to vote.”

The winning process is calculated through 60 percent interview and 40 percent student vote. After students send in their applications, a committee blindly reviews the applications and selects the top male and female candidates. The top candidates are then interviewed and students are allowed to vote for who they want to represent the university. The winner is announced at the end of the week during halftime of the homecoming game.

“The two who were selected to win are clearly deserving,” said Hearn. “Their involvement with the university and the impact they have made during their time here is very encouraging. Personally seeing their leadership on campus and the way they interact with students gives us something to look up to.”

Dae’lyn Smith, Mannford senior, is the 2018 Homecoming queen. Smith is a double major in political science and media studies. She is editor in chief of The Northeastern student newspaper and president of Northeastern Student Government Association. Her future plans include obtaining a doctorate degree in higher education leadership and working with future college students. Smith described the interview process as a time of reflection on her leadership roles at NSU.

“They asked a lot of questions about the impact I have made on campus,” said Smith. “I am passionate about a lot of things here and when I began talking about what all I have achieved, I quickly realized that whether or not I won I was making a difference on campus and I could reflect on the change I have brought.”

Robbie Argo, Pawnee senior, is the 2018 homecoming king. Argo is a former director for Rookie Bridge Camp, a peer mentor for the RiverHawk scholar program and a member of the Northeastern Student Government Association. His future plans include earning a master’s degree in criminal justice and attending law school to focus on tribal law.

“Being involved in college has helped me realize I have a knack for helping people,” said Argo. “My main reasoning for wanting to be homecoming king was opportunity and representation. I have the chance to do great things with this position and put down a lasting impact on campus.”

Smith and Argo have worked closely together in their past leadership positions and now have the opportunity to represent their school and give back to the community. As they are awarded the title of king and queen, they get the opportunity to make a legacy on campus and be involved in a honorable way.

“I never thought in a million years I would be a homecoming queen candidate,” said Smith. “I never thought I would have achieved all the positions I have now, but the reason I have them is simply because of all the people that have supported me through it all and made me a better person. By becoming homecoming queen, these leaders successes are being shown through me. It’s not just a success for me but it’s a success for all the different people that have made me the leader I am today.”

There are no written expectations for what a king and queen do with their position. However, Kyle Bacon and Kaylee Switzer, the 2017 homecoming king and queen, made the position more philanthropic and planned several events over the course of a year in order to raise money for the Cherokee County Angel Tree. They used the position to give back to the NSU community, and Smith and Argo plan to do the same.

“I want to represent this title in the fullest,” said Argo. “I feel bad because I wish I could personally say thank you to everyone who has helped me. From being a peer mentor, being director of Rookie Bridge camp, being involved in NSGA and doing a lot of  community service, I feel connected through these avenues and that will help me with the goals I have in this position. I think more critically because of these opportunities and feel very humbled.”

Argo plans to give back through his title of homecoming king. Working with Smith to create a space of learning and opportunity, the team plans to do everything they can do honor their titles.

“I just know this is more than a title,” said Smith. “We want to work with these programs like the Angel Tree to give back and we encourage the next homecoming king and queen to do the same.”

For more information on how to get involved on campus, visit the Student Engagement website at https://offices.nsuok.edu/engagement/StudentOrganizations.aspx

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