Homecoming royalty, bedsheet winners announced
Coronation was in the Student Center Ballroom, at 6:30 p.m., as event announcers Katie O’Boyle, 21, junior of Gering, and Gabriela Perez, 22, senior of Sioux City, Iowa, introduced the king and queen candidates nominated by each campus club.
The announcers then narrowed the court down to 10 candidates.
King attendants included Curtis Stevens, 23, senior of Ogallala, candidate from Newman House, studying music education; Garret Dockweiler, 21, senior of Oconto, candidate from the Sports Medicine Club, studying human biology; Hector Bustillos, 21, senior of Gillette, Wyoming, candidate from the CSC cheer team, studying business administration; and Ian Ahrens, 22, senior of Palmer, Alaska, candidate from Blue Key National Honor Society, studying human biology.
Queen attendants included Whitney Coop, 20, junior of Columbus, candidate from Chi Alpha, studying business administration; Chelsea Haynes, 21, junior of Auburn, candidate from Residence Life Association, studying early childhood education; Sara Marlatt, 22, senior of Gordon, candidate from Cardinal Key National Honor Society, studying human biology; and Karson Langley, 19, junior of Sidney, candidate from Health Professions Club, studying elementary education.
Taylor Osmotherly, 21, senior of Crawford, candidate from Student Alumni Council, studying business administration, was crowned Homecoming king.
Homecoming queen is Kayla Morgan, 22, senior of Alliance, candidate from the CSC cheer team, studying exercise science.
“I am very thankful and undeserving of this honor,” Osmotherly said. “It is my pleasure to call CSC my home. It consists of some of the kindest, most loving people this world has to offer. May God bless this college richly as well as give the students here a radiant future. Go Eagles!”
CSC President Randy Rhine congratulated the winners as they received sashes, crowns, and flowers.
The winners of the bedsheet competition were also announced at the beginning of the night. The originality award went to Xi Delta Zeta, the Art Guild won the spirit award, Choir won the humor category, and people’s choice went to Chi Alpha.
Following the coronation, the Homecoming committee, in conjunction with Cardinal Key National Honor Society, carried on the long-time CSC tradition of lighting up C-Hill. About 40 people, including members of the Homecoming court, Cardinal Key, and community members posed for a photo at the base of the hill as Marlatt shared the history of the ritual.
“Bringing the tradition of the lighting of C-Hill back to where it started was really great,” Marlatt said. “I am happy that we were able to do that this year and I hope that doing that made everyone that saw that moment as proud to be a part of this campus as I was.”