The ACU Homecoming Committee snatched unsuspecting Homecoming Queen nominees from club meetings and pledging events around campus Wednesday night.
After blindfolding and adorning them with purple boas and tiaras, committee members carried them off to the Hunter Welcome Center, where they got acquainted with each other and learned what the next few weeks will entail. Samantha Adkins, senior Alumni Relations officer, headed the kidnapping process.
“It’s just kind of a tradition of grabbing them all together and then surprising them, so they get a chance to see who all the nominees are,” Adkins said. “It’s our opportunity to tell them, ‘OK, here’s what were asking of you for the next few weeks.'”
The nominees will be spending a lot of time together in the near future, in addition to keeping up with schoolwork and social lives.
“Everything’s kind of the same,” said Vanessa Hart, senior elementary education major from Austin. “I’ve still got to make my grades.”
As if Homecoming was not enough, the nominees are required to participate in several activities beforehand, including a photo shoot, an appearance in Chapel and the Queen’s Tea.
“It’s really an honor to know people went on and voted for you and nominated you,” said Megan Holland, senior middle school education major from Houston.
Students will meet the nominees after Chapel on Tuesday. They can vote for the next Homecoming Queen online Oct. 7-9 at www.acu.edu/queen.
The 10 women chosen for the 2009 Homecoming Court are:
Emma Pierce, senior Ad/PR major from Franklin, Tenn.
Kara McArthur, senior math education major from Richardson
Carly Smith, senior nursing major from Abilene
Jenny Dodd, senior communication major from Abilene
Katie Findley, senior education major from Colleyville
Sylvia Tucker, senior accounting and finance major from Bellaire
Rachel Smith, senior elementary education major from Richardson
Chelsea Brunts, senior elementary education major from San Antonio
Megan Holland middle school education major from Houston
Vanessa Hart, elementary education major from Austin