Last Thursday, a pep rally was held at Burgess-Snow Stadium to crown the 2015 Homecoming king Ranger Rumrill and queen Shelby King.
Rumrill is a sophomore and is currently majoring in finance. His hometown is Rainbow City, Ala. King is a junior; she is majoring in nursing, and her hometown is Birmingham, Ala. Mrs. Beehler placed the crowns on the heads of the two winners.
Before the king and queen were announced, every member of the homecoming court was announced and described. President Beehler and SGA President Tyler Brown announced the potential candidates.
There were five men and five women in the running for the 2015 Homecoming crowns.
When each participant’s name was announced, a little background information was given about them. This information included who they were accompanied by, sponsored by, who their parents are, what their major is, and what organizations they are involved in.
Each one of the students is involved in more than one campus organization. The king and queen of homecoming was decided by the student body. Every student had the ability to go online and vote for who they wish to be crowned.
The pep rally was also intended to excite the student body for the game on Saturday. Coach John Grass was there and encouraged people to attend the game.
The Marching Southerners started the pep rally off by playing through the traditional pregame tunes and the JSU Fight Song. Following the band, the cheerleaders and Cocky performed a routine to help get the crowd hyped for the events of homecoming, including the parade and the game.
In the spirit of Halloween and the homecoming theme “Curse the Colonels,” the cheerleadering performance included an exciting feature of the “Thriller” dance. They even had on “spooky” makeup and lined the end zone.
Cocky kept the crowd entertained. He even had a performance of his own. He won a dance off with a mock Eastern Kentucky Colonel mascot. After Cocky won, “All I Do is Win” played through the speakers.
The pep rally had a good turn out and encouraged an even better one for the game, where the Homecoming Court was announced again during halftime.