On October 15, 2014 students, faculty and judges filled the Leone Cole auditorium to experience the kickoff of JSU’s Homecoming festivities: the annual Homecoming Pageant in which judges choose the top 10 men and women to make up the homecoming court.
The judges were Katie Stotts, Kenny Reighard, Darren Douthitt, Stephanie Matthews and Valencia Russell.
Contestants were judged on a scale of 250 points, with a maximum of 50 points coming from each individual judge. The points were broken down into 4 categories: appearance, personality, an onstage interview, which each made up about 20 percent of the points given, and extracurricular activities, which made up the remaining 40 percent of the points.
Masters of Ceremonies Tyler Brown and Jade Wagner took turns asking each contestant a question, randomly chosen by the contestant from a bowl. The questions ranged from topics such as the education lottery to the perfect Jacksonville date with President Meehan and Cocky.
Many campus organizations offered sponsorship of the men and women involved in the pageant. Delta Zeta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Zeta Tau Alpha, Campus Outreach, Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Mu, Gamecock Orientation, JSU Ambassadors, Sigma Nu and NAACP all sponsored the women contestants; Gamecock Orientation, Komplex Royalty Dance Crew, JSU Ambassadors and ROTC sponsored the men.
At the end of the night, the top 10 contestants of both men and women were chosen.
These contestants will compete for votes in the Homecoming Election on October 30th. Because there were only 5 male contestants, they all made it through to the next round, the Homecoming Court. The female contestants that made it to the top 10 are Shelby King, Courtney Jordan, Alexandra Black, Jayme Wagner, Kristen Fargason, Gena Baker, Amanda Parker, Melita Muhammed, Kaleigh Garner, and Kasey Jacobs. The men are Santiago Hechart, Jarius Harris, Jeremy Potts, Blake Wilson, and Eric McIntyre.
The homecoming festivities were only just begun by the pageant. Many other events are scheduled throughout the rest of October.
Thursday, October 23, will be the online homecoming elections for King/Queen and Court from 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
From 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 30, the Queen and King elections will be held again, with a more narrowed down selection, and later that night at 8:00 p.m., there will be a homecoming pep rally followed by the King and Queen announcement at Burgess-Snow Field.
November 1 will be filled with homecoming activities sure to thrill both students and alumni.
The homecoming parade will start at 11:00 a.m. and will be viewable from the TMB lawn as well as many other locations on Pelham Road.