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Homecoming royalty deadline postponed due to lack of candidates

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The deadline for those applying to run for homecoming king was postponed by five days so that enough candidates could be obtained to hold an election. 

In order for the election to be valid, at least three candidates must run.

According to Gena Alfonso, an assistant at Student Services and Enrollment Management, the original deadline for homecoming royalty applications was Sept. 18. By the original deadline, five people had applied for homecoming queen, but only two for king.

The deadline was extended to Sept. 23, and an additional three applications were received for homecoming king.

“We have very strong applicants, so the interviews, academics, and campus and community involvement will play a key role in who is selected to be on the six-person court,” Alfonso said.

The interviews for homecoming royalty were held Sept. 26 in the recreational center, and the official court has now been selected.

On the ballot for homecoming king are Talha Qureshi, Mario Ruiz and Freddy Correamanrique.

On the ballot for homecoming Queen are Abbi Johnson, Olivia Elley and Jessica Curry.

“I feel honored and privileged to be on this year’s royalty court. I’m looking forward to it and I can’t wait,” said Mario Ruiz, a Spanish major.

The voting to select the final homecoming king and queen will take place Friday, Oct. 4.

The winners will be crowned on Oct. 5 during halftime at the homecoming football game.

Anyone with questions can call Gena Alfonso at 719-549-2624.