When they decided to run for homecoming king and queen, it wasn’t just for recognition. For Kristopher Lawrie and Jazmin Evans, it was for the memories, responsibility and forming new friendships.
Lawrie, a senior majoring in business management, and Evans, a senior majoring in psychology, were crowned homecoming king and queen Saturday, Sept. 24, during halftime of CSU-Pueblo’s homecoming football game.
In being elected, Lawrie and Evans feel they will have many responsibilities to take on, such as representing CSU-Pueblo and being role models for their peers.
“They might look up to me to be an example of how to do things on campus or how to act,” Lawrie said.
They also have the responsibility to attend other campus activities while drawing other students to participate.
“Being at school events is really important for the rest of our senior year,” Evans said.
Lawrie and Evans have both been student athletes in their college careers. Lawrie used to be on the men’s basketball team. Evans was on the women’s track team. As far as devoting as much time to sports as they want, the pair both decided to leave their specialties to focus their last year on academics, and to also have more time attending campus activities.
“I wanted to meet new people and do things that were a part of the school that I didn’t get to do before,” Evans said.
Evans’ initiative to run for homecoming queen was encouraged by her younger sister, who is currently a freshman attending CSU-Pueblo.
Becoming the homecoming queen allows Evans to be a positive example for her sister, Evans said, and she wants to attend events with her sister to help her improve her involvement on campus as a new student, and to also share the experience of college together, Evans said.
Along with classes, Lawrie now works at the front desk in the Belmont Residence Hall. Evans is also the vice president of the Student Ambassador Club.
They believe their involvement with the university and their outgoing personalities made them popular among students. They feel they won by word-of-mouth, as they received a majority of their votes from actually speaking with people, Evans said.
Lawrie takes time to dress up on weekends to better represent himself, but Evans considers herself a rather self-conscious woman, she said. At the homecoming game, Evans showed up in an elegant black dress, which shocked a lot of her peers in the stands who are used to seeing her in T-shirts and pants.
“It was very different for me to wear a dress,” she said. “It was nice because people got to see a side of me that they have never seen.”
After being crowned homecoming queen, and revealing herself in a different light to her peers, she isn’t afraid of the spotlight anymore and will switch to new things from time to time, she said.
“It feels good to leave on this note, especially since it’s something that I never would have done,” Evans said. “It makes me feel like I can go out and try other new things and not be very shy about it.”
Running for homecoming court has been a big accomplishment in both their college lives, and the experience has left them with many good memories, Lawrie said.