Sooner homecoming royalty roundup
Rife with tradition, homecoming festivities are represented by a court of seniors who embody the values and spirit of OU. Five homecoming queen nominees and five homecoming king nominees are nominated by different campus organizations, and the student body votes to determine who wins the crown. The Daily’s Sydney McFerron asked nominees about their time at OU. Get to know this year’s nominees and vote for the best candidates at elections.ou.edu today and Wednesday.
Samantha Ali, psychology
How would you dress the Seed Sower statue? I would make the Seed Sower into a Sooner Superhero! He would have a cape with the OU Chant written on it and his hat would say “Live on University.” Seed Sower Superhero would also be wearing a Boomer Sooner shirt with a mini version of Boomer and Sooner.
Ali is UOSA Director of Academics, Pre-dental club president, Leadership Scholars community service chairwoman, OU Think Tank historian and is involved in CAC Speaker’s Bureau, Crimson Club, Henderson Scholars, Health for Friends and the Zoology Aide Program.
Bryan Brown, marketing
Favorite Sooner memory? I will never forget the football game against Texas Tech two years ago. When everyone (literally EVERY PERSON) began to “Jump Around” late in the game, I have never witnessed a moment as cool and exciting as that one.
Brown is involved in Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Campus Activities Council, Camp Crimson and the Lindsey + Asp Student Advertising/PR agency.
Matt Deimund, finance and accounting
Favorite Sooner memory? My favorite Sooner moment was going on a road trip with a few friends to the OU-Florida National Championship game. We drove 26 straight hours to Miami… it was crazy.
Deimund is Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity president, works for President David Boren’s Action Line, serves as a Big Brother and is an active Associate of the JCPenney Leadership Program in the Price College of Business.
Taylor Krebs, economics and international and area studies
Favorite Sooner memory? I enjoy watching 5,000 students gather on the North Oval to participate in the largest service event in the state of Oklahoma. Big Event volunteers exemplify the generosity and compassion of OU’s students, in addition to our generation’s commitment to service and community impact.
Krebs is Big Event chairwoman, Student Alumni Association class gift chairwoman and is involved with Delta Delta Delta sorority, PE-ET, Crimson Club and President’s Leadership Class.
Cory Lloyd, advertising
Favorite Sooner memory? I will always remember my time as CAC University Sing Chairman. Through this opportunity I was truly challenged and stretched beyond my comfort zone, but it was the friends that I made throughout this process, and the fun that the executive staff had that made everything worth it.
Lloyd has been involved in UOSA, Crimson Club, Campus Activities Council, Presidents Leadership Class, Sooner Promise and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Britan Mills, public relations and women’s and gender studies
Favorite Sooner memory? The OU-Texas Tech game in 2008. “Jump Around” will always live on in my memory as the song which brought every Sooner — students, alumni, players and fans of all ages, onto their feet in celebration. To top it off? Coach Stoops bowing to the student section.
Mills is the president of Pi Beta Phi sorority and is involved with LEAD Team, Gaylord Ambassadors, Relay for Life and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Michael Nash, entrepreneurship and venture management
Why vote for you? I would simply encourage everybody just to go vote — regardless of who you choose. Homecoming is full of great traditions and I just feel honored to be a part of this one.
Nash is involved in OU Cousins, CAC’s High School Leadership Conference, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Camp Crimson, Crimson Club and the President’s Leadership Class.
Cynthia Palomino, human relations and political science
Why are you running for Homecoming Court? I am running for homecoming queen because I want to represent the Hispanic community on campus as well as the Multicultural Greek Council.
Palomino is involved in the Hispanic American Student Association and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Shane Pruitt, microbiology
Why vote for you? Over my college career I have worked to make many positive changes on campus. A vote for me is affirmation that my efforts are appreciated.
Pruitt is Crimson Club vice chair, Campus Activities Council campus liaison, Integrity Council public relations chairman and Leadership Scholars kaleidoscope chairman.
Morgan Wolber, human relations
Why vote for you? If people thought to vote for me, I would hope it would be because I have made some sort of lasting impact with them – like simple laughter, friendship, etc.
Wolber is involved in the President’s Leadership Class, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Crimson Club, Student Society of Human Relations, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Black Student Association/National Pan-Hellenic Council Stompdown 2011.
Vote for homecoming king and queen
Where: Online at elections.ou.edu
When: Today and Wednesday
Why: Candidates are nominated based on their academic record, service to the university and service to the community. They are nominated by their respective organizations and the nominations were due Sept. 17, said homecoming chairman Courtlyn Shoate.
Winners will be announced during halftime at Saturday’s game