Texas A&M University-Kingsville

17 Students Vie For 2008 Homecoming King, Queen

KINGSVILLE - October 02, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Homecoming is an important event in the university experience and this year, 17 students aim to make it even better with a chance to be Homecoming King or Queen 2008.

There are 11 women and 6 men hoping for the crowns that will be presented Saturday, Oct. 1, during the Javelina game against Texas A&M University-Commerce. The presentation will be held during halftime.

Candidates engage in rigorous campaigning that includes massive signs, chalk art on the sidewalks and bribery by chocolate. Students vote for their favorite Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 7-8. For the first time, voting will be done entirely online. The finalists will be announced at the Fall Carnival, Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Queen candidates include

Ashley Salinas, junior communications sciences disorders major, psychology minor from Alice, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board;
Ashley Escamilla, a senior communications sciences and disorders major, psychology minor from Alice, sponsored by Theta Phi Alpha;
Diana Zarate, a sophomore kinesiology major, biology minor from Mexico, sponsored by the American Medical Students Association;
Xochitl Gomez, a senior kinesiology and biology major from Laredo, sponsored by PEP Talk;
Ashtin Schonefeld, a junior communications sciences and disorders major, psychology minor from Bishop, sponsored by the National Student Speech, Language, Hearing Association;
Kristie Vela, a junior journalism major, speech minor from Falfurrias, sponsored by Footlights;
Bailey Killian, a junior finance major, accounting minor from Corpus Christi, sponsored by Unity;
Valerie Tijerina, a junior art major from Van Vleck, sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha;
Morgan Tilberg, a junior kinesiology major, health and military science minor from Bishop, sponsored by the TAMUK Bodybuilding Association;
Bridget Flores, a senior kinesiology major, psychology minor from Robstown, sponsored by the Health and Kinesiology Club; and
Terri Johnston, a sophomore civil engineering major from Hondo, sponsored by the Catholic Student Organization.

King candidates include
Jai Leal, a senior kinesiology major, biology minor from Kingsville, sponsored by Sigma Chi;
Victor Orellana, a junior mechanical engineering major from Kingsville, sponsored by Omega Delta Phi;
Roberto Dominguez, a senior electrical engineering major from Brownsville, sponsored by the TAMUK Bodybuilding Association;
Artemio Garcia Jr., a junior psychology major, Spanish minor from Rio Grande City, sponsored by Unity;
Derrell Pratt-Blackburn, a senior kinesiology major, biology minor from Arlington, sponsored by the Health and Kinesiology Club; and
Carlos Saldana, a senior biomedical sciences major from Kingsville, sponsored by the American Medical Student Association.


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