Allyson Ritchey and Morgan Brumbaugh were crowned 2023 Shippensburg Homecoming Royalty on the field of Seth Grove Stadium Saturday.
Out of the 12 members of the 2023 Homecoming Court, Ritchey and Brumbaugh were crowned based on the percentage of votes they received, their answers in a personal interview and the amount of money they raised for a selected charity. This year, the entire Homecoming Court raised $9,150 for the SU Student Emergency Fund.
The SU Student Emergency fund offers money and resources to students experiencing financial stresses. “Almost 75% of college students have experienced financial insecurity and stress, and one-third have considered dropping out because of their finances,” Ritchey said.
“I think it was great because a lot of people did not know that we had the fund,” Brumbaugh said.
“As someone funding her entire undergrad by herself, this is important to me because I know I am not alone and that it is being talked about,” Ritchey added.
Ritchey and Brumbaugh were sponsored by The Slate and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, respectively. Ritchey is a senior
sociology and communication, journalism and media major and has been a part of The Slate since 2021. She is currently the multimedia director. Brumbaugh is a junior early childhood education major, and she is a catcher and utility player for the softball team.
As an athlete, Brumbaugh said that sometimes athletes feel separated from their peers because of their schedules, practices and stresses. In running for Homecoming, Brumbaugh said “I want to be the representation for Shippensburg that we are all one.”
Ritchey decided to run for Homecoming because she did not in high school, and she liked that the process at SU is merit based. “It allows for students of less advantaged backgrounds to stand up and do something for a public university in a way that is not afforded to many individuals,” Ritchey said.
Congratulations to both Ritchey and Brumbaugh for the work they have done and will continue to do for the campus and community.