The anticipation of the 2014 Wesleyan Homecoming King and Queen announcement was heavy leading up to the coronation Feb. 15.
Facebook and Instagram were full of pictures and posts advertising the King and Queen hopefuls. “Vote for me!” was being yelled through campus as students walked to class.
On Homecoming Day in the Sid Richardson Auditorium, President Frederick Slabach had the honor of announcing the 2014 court. Morgan Kirkpatrick and Rayneta Dotson are this year’s King and Queen. The crowd cheered and a bombardment of flashes and clicks from family and friends’ cameras followed soon afterward.
Kirkpatrick couldn’t help but blush when he heard his name called. He got carried off the court on the shoulders of several friends.
“It feels great to know that the student body is supportive of me and thinks that I’m a good representative,” he said. “It feels awesome. I’m so excited.”
Dotson shared in his excitement.
“This means that my experience here at Texas Wesleyan has been everything I want it to be,” she said. “Queen should represent pride no matter what and be very involved in our campus.”
Dotson is the captain of the cheer team, vice president of the Black Students Association and Social Rams and he is involved in several other organizations. Kirkpatrick is active in Greek life and other campus groups.
Joy Woods, Danielle Cook, Niky Morrison, and Zohal Nayeb were a few of the other Queen hopefuls.
“I decided to run to give me something to do,” Woods said. “I wanted to get my face out there.”
“I’m involved in the campus,” Zohal said, “and I wanted to get my name out there even more.”
Cook strived for Homecoming Queen so she could express her school pride.
“I ran for queen because this has been a lifetime experience for me,” she said.
Making Homecoming even better for students were a doubleheader sweep of St. Gregory’s (Okla.) by the Rams’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and free food at the Sub after the coronation.