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New Royalty on BC's Campus

After several weeks of nominations and difficulty with the voting system, the Homecoming Court was finally crowned Saturday night, November 7, during the halftime of the Mountaineers' game.

2005 Homecoming Court

Crowned as Princess was Erinn Horton. Horton is from Birmingham, AL. She is a sophomore, music and pre-med major. Her first love is God, though music is an important part of her life. She is also a member of Concert Choir and Black Music Ensemble.

Dressed in their finest, the 16 nominees for Homecoming King and Queen made their way to center court for their big moment. The nominees were Hilary Bailey, Jessica Heatherly, Erinn Horton, Princess Nash, Dani Pinto, Amanda Player, De-Ann Watkins, Morgan Younge, Lamont Hill, Micah Johnson, Genesis Bangha, Melvin Cowan, Joshua Tyo, Demetrius Russell, Jamar Brown, and Valton Jackson. Two children from the Berea community, Tahni Harkleroad and Tyler Conley, acted as crown bearer and scepter bearer, respectively.

Demetrius Russel was crowned Homecoming Prince. Russell is from Cadiz, KY. He is a junior, vocal performance major. He is a member of the Concert Choir and Black Music Ensemble. He is part of the Dana Residence Hall staff, as well as the minister of music at Broadway Baptist Church.

Homecoming Queen for 2005 was De-An Watkins, from Athens, AL. She is a junior, psychology major. She also plays basketball for the Berea Lady Mountaineers and is actively involved in Black Music Ensemble. She is a member of the BSU as well as the Berea College Track Team. De-An was sponsored by the Black Music Ensemble. "Being crowned Homecoming Queen of Berea College was a great honor. It showed me that my peers look at me as a positive role-model. This honor reiterates the importance of showing love and compassion in all that I may do. Sharing this honor with Valton, such a loving and outgoing person, is a great privilege." commented De-An.

The Homecoming King for 2005 was Valton Jackson, who was also crowned as this year's BSU prince. Jackson is from Columbus, GA. He is a sophomore, business marketing major. He is a highly involved student on campus, and is a member of the Berea College Dance Team. Valton was sponsored by Bingham Residence Hall. Jackson said, "I am very honored and deeply moved to have accepted the crown this year. I am still unbelievably overwhelmed by the fact that my peers even cared so much. And honestly, to be along side such a girl as De-An, someone who is so well-respected and such a role model around campus, is an entirely humbling honor all its own."

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