Hello, Shenandoah! For those of you who do not know me, I’m Aysha, your newly elected Homecoming Queen! I am a senior Mass Communications major- some of you might also recognize me as the president of Sigma Alpha Iota here on campus, and the iSpyStyle column writer for The ‘Doah! First off, I just want to sincerely thank everyone who voted during this election- when I was a freshman I would have never imagined being as in love with the school as I am, let alone be the Homecoming Queen! It just goes to show you how much you can grow in your four years here, and how much can change!
This election was so much fun, and such a nail-biter! Every nominee on the court had something special about them and seemed like fabulous representation of our school. I can honestly say that I had no idea how the voting was going to go down, which was probably obvious from my face when my name was announced during the Homecoming game. Not cute. I have to do a special shoutout to my fellow nominees: Ashley Cross, Catherine Floyd and Desiree Dabney- it was an honor to be in the same category as these fierce ladies, and you should definitely meet them and learn about all of the fabulous things they do for our school. I also have to do a special shoutout to the other King nominee Cody Payne, who you probably remember from being your super peppy welcomer to Freshman Orientation who never ceases to brighten people’s day. Each nominee brought something so special to this homecoming court, and I really felt like we all were supporting each other, which just speaks volumes to all of their characters.
For those of you who are debating running for homecoming court next year, I highly recommend it. During the campaigning period, I felt so much love and support from everyone on campus, and it really makes you feel a stronger connection to the school as a whole. I met so many new people and made so many new friends by campaigning, so I definitely encourage you to take a leap and run for homecoming next year!
This honor is so special to me because I know that it was chosen from all of you. Having my name called on that field will always be a memory that I will look back on years from now, and will always mean the world to me. Shenandoah has given me so many opportunities and has helped me grow so much as a person, and being your Homecoming Queen is an absolute dream come true. I am so excited to represent you all this year!
— Aysha Malik
I would like to thank you for voting me to be your Homecoming King! Your kind words of encouragement during the process are and will remain appreciated. Some people may view being Homecoming King as popularity contest but I see it as not only an honor but also as a humbling experience. In my opinion being King is more than a crown, more than a title and much more than being recognized amongst your fellow classmates, friends, and family. Being recognized as as king gives me the feeling of knowing that the work that I’ve done whether academic, co- or extra-curricular has not been in vain. Every time I meet someone new or engage in conversation with a group of students or faculty and staff I try to ensure that what I’ve said reflects nothing less than what I hope to be shed upon myself from others which is refreshing, enlightening, and encouraging. Once again thank you again for voting me to be your 2013 Homecoming King.
— Myles Hairston