Following a week jam-packed full of activities across campus, Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta have won the lip-sync large bracket for the 2021 Quadworks Homecoming competition.
Prior to taking the stage, Ashton Mayo-Beavers, a member of Zeta Phi Beta and a performer in the competition, expressed confidence in their team walking away with the win.
"We worked really hard," she said. "We put in so many hours in. This team is just so energetic. We just didn't know each other, then we just came together and put something amazing together. So I'm so excited to see what we can do, and I think it's just gonna really show."
The team's performance incorporated both the space theme and Mercer spirit. The dance ended with each member on stage revealing a shirt with affirmations on them such as "I am strong" and "I am free." Some flipped around to spell out, "We are MU."
"While we were coming up with the ideas for the dance, we wanted to maintain the space theme while making sure every chapter was represented and visible on the stage," said Alpha Gamma Delta President Michelle Ferlita.
Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Sigma Rho came in second place, and Chi Omega and Lambda Chi Alpha came in third.
Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Reformed University Fellowship and Wesley of Macon took the crown for the medium bracket, and the small bracket winners were Music and Lyrics Club.
Lip-sync, the culmination of all of the events of the week and coveted by the Mercer community, made a return this year after COVID-19 caused it to be canceled in 2020. Last year, a Halloween pageant took its place.
There were five events spread out over the course of homecoming week including the annual banner contest, an activity find and a movie night featuring the original "Space Jam."
Dynahsty James, a member of the QuadWorks Special Events Committee, said that she feels like this week has been a success.
"I'm feeling really great. Like our events have been so good, and it's been a really fun time watching all the teams compete," James said. "I love to get to see them compete."
At the end of the lip-sync competition, the homecoming court was narrowed down to 8 candidates — four women and four men. There were originally 27 nominees across 13 teams.
In no particular order, the final candidates for queen are Sheridan King (Student Government Association), Drew Boyett (Chi Omega), Caroline Jackson (Baptist Collegiate Ministries) and Mellie Trager (Alpha Delta Pi).
For king, the final candidates are Chris French (Lambda Chi Alpha), Beau Roberts (Alpha Tau Omega), Harrison Ivins (Kappa Sigma) and Rylan Allen (Student Government Association).
2020 Homecoming Queen Natalie Yaeger will crown the queen at the football game Saturday during half-time.
Editors’ Note: Mary Helene Hall is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta at Mercer University. The editor of this article is unaffiliated with Greek Life.
Mary Helene Hall is a junior majoring in journalism. She is a Presidential Media Change Maker Scholar who has worked consistently for The Cluster throughout her time at Mercer. Mary Helene has received accolades for her work from National Public Radio, Discord, the Georgia College Press Association, and more. When she’s not working on a story, you can catch her reading a good book or enjoying the outdoors on Mercer’s campus.