Despite not having a homecoming football game this fall, Shippensburg University is moving forward with a virtual homecoming celebration, including the election of the fall 2020 homecoming court.
Officials announced the homecoming court in October, which consists of 10 members.
The members decide to run either on their own, or in partnerships and use different promotional materials such as flyers and chalk messages around campus to campaign prior to being elected.
Members running for court are not allowed to promote themselves, so it is up to their friends to encourage members of the campus community to vote for them.
This year’s Homecoming court is:
Jarred Birriel, junior; Megan Painter, junior; Isabel Ortiz, senior; Tyler Hill, senior; Quamia Wells, senior;Leah Fuoco, senior; Matthew Zemba, senior; Rachel Bruno, senior; Eliza Resetar, senior; Joshua Zacher, senior
Members of the court are often involved in many other campus activities, such as clubs and sports teams.
Matthew Zemba said, “I am currently president of the Shippensburg University Red Raider Marching Band. I originally wanted to run for homecoming court because the marching band traditionally elects two representatives each year.”
After being elected to court, members have several obligations prior to being crowned. This includes fundraising for a charity chosen by the homecoming committee.
“This year’s charity is King’s Kettle, a food pantry in Shippensburg. There is also an interview process,” senior Leah Fuoco said.
The final result of the homecoming court is determined by a points system that is based on the number of points earned in the student vote, the amount of money raised for King’s Kettle and the interview process. But this year, there will be no king or queen.
“To be more inclusive, this year they decided to change the names and this year whoever wins will be homecoming majesties,” Fuoco said.
Virtual homecoming will take place on Nov. 14 over Zoom. The event will include virtual group tailgates and allow participants to move among different Zoom rooms. Both individuals and groups are welcome to register for virtual homecoming.
For more information, visitship.edu/alumni/homecoming/.