West Liberty University celebrates Homecoming 2017 with a variety of student, alumni and community events but none is more important than the selection of the Homecoming King and Queen.
“We have nine candidate couples and lots of activities planned, starting with the tradition of Serenades, which offers the candidates a chance to perform in public,” said Ashley Pryor, director of programming for the Student Government Association (SGA).
2017 King and Queen candidates and the organizations they represent include:
- Desi VanCuren Laurelville, Ohio, and Billy Teufel, Wheeling, W.Va., Chi Omega and Chi Nu
- Amanda Barath Bridgeport, Ohio and Brandon Morrison, Huntington W.Va., Delta Theta Kappa and Football
- Kayce Neely, Martins Ferry, Ohio and Bryce Coleman, Rayland, Ohio, Cheerleading and Wrestlers
- Meredith Garner, Bridgeport W.Va. and Jeremiah Ortiz, Rochester, N.Y., Lambda Psi Sigma and Football
- Elissabeth Parsons, Wheeling, W.Va. and James Powell, New Martinsville, W.Va., Independents
- MaClay Moore New Cumberland, W.Va. and Solan Mueller New Cumberland, W.Va., Independents
- Olivia Best, Wellsburg, W.Va. and Bailey McGrath, Bridgeport, Ohio, Beta Rho Epsilon and Theta Xi
- Chelsea Williams, Follansbee W.Va. and William “Billy” Campbell, Wheeling, W.Va., Alpha Xi Delta and Phi Delta Theta
- Anna Malone, Clarksburg, W.Va. and Dylan Anderson, Morgantown, W.Va., Kappa Phi and Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Homecoming activities kick off with the traditional student serenade competition that begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in College Hall.
Each homecoming candidate pair is given a theme to develop entertainment for the Serenades take place at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 in College Hall. Serenade judges are WLU employees, Kate Billings, President Stephen Greiner, Marcella Snyder and Jared Thompson.
Throughout the day, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, candidates will be campaigning on the quad, offering free goodies, including gifts and food, hoping to be elected. Students also vote for their choice of king and queen on Wednesday.
At 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 all the candidates are invited to attend a dinner hosted by the WLU Student Government in the Boyle Room.
Finally, on Friday Oct. 13, Homecoming candidates take part in a community service project and clean up the Town of West Liberty.
At 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, the Hilltopper Homecoming Parade will start the festivities of homecoming day off appropriately. Students and alumni are invited to tailgate before and during the homecoming game Hilltoppers take on the Glenville State Pioneers, with kick-off at 1 p.m. at the West Family Stadium. Tailgating, with family-friendly activities for all ages, begins at 10 a.m.
The West Liberty University Homecoming King and Queen will be announced during halftime at the football game. Students end their homecoming festivities with a 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. dance at WLU’s Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).