Alma’s 2018 Homecoming Court, announced in the week prior to Homecoming, rode through the parade and onto Bahlke Field where the King, Christopher Nolan (‘19), and Queen, Najelle Gilmore (‘19), were announced.
This year’s court consisted of 10 nominees, five each for King and Queen: Ben Elliot (’19), Eric Ferrara (’19), Brian May (’19), Logan St. John (’19), Caitlin DeZwaan (’19), Emily Jodway (’19), Alyssa Mohr (’19), Marina Thornton (’19), Nolan and Gilmore
These ten students were chosen by their peers to represent Alma College at the homecoming parade and football game.
All the homecoming court members chose Alma for the friendly community and the understanding professors.
“I chose Alma for the professors. The very first professor I met here was Joe [Jezewski], who was head of the theatre department. He helped me through my first year so much,” said Mohr.
Mohr continued, “And Dr. Palmer, who was my FYS professor, was a huge guiding factor in me choosing English as my major. Though both of them are now retired, I think of them often and am always grateful for the guidance they gave me.”
For Gilmore, Alma felt like a family dynamic, and she said, “I visited campus and I was in awe of the community here. I come from a family of 11 and I knew as I was looking at different schools that finding a second family was important. Alma had that for me; it’s become my home.”
Another question that all the court members were asked was “What superpower could you have and why?” Elliot and Jodway chose invisibility, Mohr wanted to be able to be in multiple places at the same time, Nolan selected teleportation. “Flight, because flying would be pretty neat,” said Ferrara, to which Gilmore agreed.
Favorite quotes of the court varied from funny to meaningful. Thornton was excited to contribute hers, and said, “‘Number 15: Burger King Foot Lettuce.’ The last thing you’d want in your Burger King burger is someone’s foot fungus, but, as it turns out, that’s exactly what you might get.”
Thornton continued, “A 4Channer uploaded a photo, anonymously to the site, showcasing his feet in a plastic bin of lettuce with the statement: This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.’ Chills, ‘Top 15 Mysteries Solved by 4Chan.’”
Mohr’s favorite quote is from a professor, and said, “‘You are enough.’ – Joe Jezewski.”
In regard to eating habits, the favorite foods of the homecoming court were also diverse. “I LOVE potato soup. My dad makes giant homemade batches,” said Gilmore.
Thornton’s favorite food is something other college students can relate to, and said, “My favorite food ever in the whole world? Definitely the Monterey Jack Chicken Taquitos from 7-Eleven. No doubt about it. I could eat those anytime, anywhere.”
Nearly all the members of homecoming court are involved in Greek Life.
“I’m in my fourth year in the sorority,” said Jodway, the president of Gamma Phi Beta. “I’ve loved every second of it and the friend’s I’ve made and what the sisterhood has done for my confidence, as well as what I’ve been able to do to benefit the sorority itself.”
The Homecoming King and Queen winners, Nolan and Gilmore, were announced at the game on Saturday. They were crowned and honored at the beginning of pregame. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Nolan. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Homecoming Court and I’m happy that the student body thought of me.”