By Victoria O’Connor
LOGOS FEATURES EDITOR
Royalty took the field Saturday, Nov. 5, as the 2016 homecoming court was announced during halftime of the celebratory game at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.
This year’s homecoming was dedicated to military services in honor of Veterans Day approaching. The six nominees were escorted by last year’s king and queen, Steven Reyes and Amanda Hackett, to the field where they waited to be crowned.
Being crowned royalty also means upholding UIW’s mission and core values while being a positive example to the student body.
“In order to uphold the title, I believe that the individual has to have sense of passion and pride for the university,” senior nominee Heather Doss said. “I also believe that one should also be enthusiastic about representing the university and be able to instill that enthusiasm and pride in others. I believe that the homecoming royalty should serve (as) an example to the type of students that we have here at the university.”
The anticipation was finally broken as the six court members were announced one at a time. Earning the title of UIW’s king and queen, respectively, were seniors Jacob Bloodworth and Gabriella Gutierrez. Runner-up as prince and princess, respectively, were seniors Alex Ramos and Isabella Conrad. Crowned duke and duchess, respectively, were senior Corey Lee and Doss.
No matter the results, Doss said she felt all the nominees were capable of earning the tittle as royalty.
“After meeting the other individuals on the court, and getting a sense of their involvement on and off campus, I felt that everyone was equally qualified and I feel that everyone on the homecoming court can represent the university very well,” Doss said.