Shae Taylor and D’antae Johnson recently were crowned Homecoming King and Queen for South Plains College.
“I am super excited,” said Taylor, a sophomore from Lubbock who was representing Smallwood Apartments. “It was completely unexpected.”
Running for Homecoming Queen was out of Taylor’s element, but she said it was a fun experience and she would definitely do it again.
The Homecoming nominees representing student organizations at SPC were presented during halftime of the women’s basketballgame against Odess College on March 1 at the Texan Dome. The winners were announced during halftime of the men’s game that followed.
The nominees included: Adán Rubio and Autumn Bippert, representing the Plainsman Press and Press Club; Maribel Burciaga and Taylor Davis, representing the Catholic Student Ministry; Ashlee Graves and Pete Guajardo, representing the Student Government Association; Sophia Barnett and Kris Cancino, representing the Women’s Complex; Danae Race and Jacob Rosales, representing the Baptist Student Ministry; D’antae Johnson, representing Southwest residence hall; and Tyler Gutierrez, representing South Plains Songwriters.
“I felt shocked because I have never done anything like this before,” said Johnson, a sophomore from Arlington who is majoring in radio, television, and film. “In high school, I was the shy guy, so it is different and kind of weird to put myself out there.”
The students were nominated by their organization, followed by voting by the student body.
“I was nervous,” said Johnson. “But at the same time, it was fun, because I got to be around my fellow peers. So that made the event less nerve racking.”
This year, the student body was able to vote online, which helped make it accessible and easier for students to vote. The King and Queen were chosen by the number of votes received from the student body.
Students got to enjoy and participate in Homecoming week by having a different event everyday leading up the Homecoming game: Monday was Find Ferris; Tuesday was a Rubix Cube Challenege; Wednesday was a Lip Sync Battle; and Thursday was an ‘80s Theme Game and Dance.