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Upperclassmen Crowned BC Royalty

Four Berea College upperclassmen were crowned royalty by President Larry Shinn and First Lady Nancy Albright Shinn during halftime. The quartet earned the most votes from a large field of talented students who were nominated from various clubs, labor departments and residence halls.

2006 Homecoming Court

Eight pairs of candidates paraded into center court along with the Shinns and Malcolm Davis and Martina McClure, children of BC alumni who served as bearers for the king and queen. Siblings Blake and Keri Thorn, grandchildren of college post office employee Beverly Cook, followed in the processional, bearing the scepter and crown for the prince and princess. Last yearís queen and king, De-An Watkins and Valton Jackson, both current students, also made an appearance.

This year's Homecoming court consisted of Hannah Mitchell, Danielle Gray, Melissa Kennedy, Faustino Hernandez, Brian Buffet, Mzwandile "Muzi" Ginindza, Victoria "Tori" Jones, Nicholas Citizen, Lederrick Wesley, Demetrius Russell, JoEllen Pederson, Li Chen, Thomas Usher, Anton Bates, Esther Dansby and Ebony Walker.

Chosen as princess was senior JoEllen Pederson, a sociology major from Swoope, Va. She was sponsored by Bonner Scholars. Crowned prince was senior Muzi Ginindza, an economics major from Manzini in the Kingdom of Swaziland. He was sponsored by the African Students Association. Crowned queen was Victoria Jones, a junior from Cincinnati. The international studies major was sponsored by Fairchild residence hall. Junior Nicholas Citizen, a business management major, was chosen as king. The Atlanta native was sponsored by the Intramurals department.

The homecoming queen had this reaction to being chosen. ďI feel very honored, respected, confused and very surprised Ö. I was on prom court in high school but I didnít win anything. But that fact made me feel bad. Iíve got to do this twice, while for some it was their first and last time. I feel somewhat undeserving Ö. Even if I hadnít won, Iíd still be happy just to make it on court. There were some amazing people on homecoming court.Ē

King Nicholas Citizen agreed that each of the candidates were "worthy contenders for the crown," and he recognized his new duties as BC royalty: "To me, being Homecoming King means being a leader amongst my peers .... Being the King means expressing leadership with and through others (students), not over them. Being the King means having more responsibilities and a greater level of school pride, and serving as a school role model."

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