Javelina Stadium roared with cheers as the eight finalists for Homecoming king and queen made their way onto the brightly lit field during halftime Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s (TAMUK) Homecoming game against Angelo State University Saturday, Oct. 27.
Ike Amaliri, a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Houston, and Kassandra “Kassy” Canales, a junior Communication Sciences and Disoders major from Santa Rosa, were named Homecoming King and Queen.
“It feels great,” Amaliri said. “All the campaign work totally paid off.”
Before the announcement, Amaliri said he was filled with nerves, and Canales described the feeling of standing on the field as intense.
“It was intense—the feeling of suspense,” Canales said. “Of course it kills you and of course it’s going fast, but it feels like everything is going in slow motion, but it’s an awesome feeling.”
Both Amaliri and Canales expressed their gratitude to everyone who voted for them and helped them campaign.
“All the band members who helped me, pep talk, and everyone who’s helped, thank you so much,” Canales said. “I appreciate it.”
After the excitement of the
Homecoming Court ceremony, the Javelina foot- ball team went on to defeat the ASU Rams, 34-21.
TAMUK Student Government Association president, Sarah Schwandt said 1,670 votes were cast for this year’s Homecoming court via Collegiate Link.
“It was a great turnout,” Schwandt said.
The Homecoming festivities began last Monday, Oct. 22, and continued throughout the week.
The Feel the Pride Homecoming Parade, held Oct. 25, made its return to Downtown Kingsville.
“The parade was very successful this year,” Schwandt said. “There was a great turn out from the community.”
Schwandt said spreading the word to the community about the parade was a bit difficult since the parade did not take place last year.
“Once the word started spreading we got a lot of interest in it,” Schwandt said. “I think it’s something that people will start looking for in the future and it will become a reestablished tradition.”
Other activities during the week included performances by comedy group Mission Improvable and magician Derek Hughes, the annual Fall Carnival, Javelina Talent Show, and the bonfire.
Laroyce Hall won the talent show with his Sons on a Mission interpretive dance.
The Hog Call and Jav-a-Pachanga were canceled due to the weather.