HAYS — This year’s Homecoming Royalty finalists were selected after a rigorous review of all nominees. There were 84 Homecoming Royalty nominees representing a variety of student organizations and groups. Each nominee’s application was scored by members of the Homecoming Coordinating Committee in order to select the top six finalists for king and queen.
This year’s Homecoming Royalty Finalists are:
Queen Finalists: Morgan Barbe, representing Sigma Alpha Sorority; Ella Burrows, representing Student Government Association; Evann Deal, representing Delta Zeta Sorority; Jessalyn Kirchoff, representing Tiger Media Network; Abigail Miller, representing Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority; Meagan Ritsma, representing Alpha Kappa Psi
King Finalists: Nate Egan, representing Alpha Kappa Psi; Storm Flores, representing Criminal Justice Club; Reed McNett, representing Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity; Parker Opat, representing Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity; Tim Post, representing Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; Austin Ruff, representing Student Government Association
The Homecoming Week festivities will kick off with a DIY Game Day Button event sponsored by Student Engagement. This event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, and will include a variety of activities to prepare for tiger game day and a chance to meet the homecoming royalty.
The student body vote will take place from 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 until noon Friday, Sept. 29 on TigerLink. Students can also vote in the Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 27-29.
The Royalty finalists will lead the Victor E. March to the Bonfire and be introduced on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Victor E. March starts at 7:30 p.m. at Hammond Hall and will march up the road to the Tiger Bonfire.
Royalty finalists will also participate in the Homecoming Parade through downtown Hays on Saturday, Sept. 30. The parade starts at 11 a.m.
The King and Queen will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game against Lincoln University on Saturday, Sept. 30. The football game kickoff time is 7 p.m.