This year's homecoming celebrations came to their peak during halftime at the Mercer v. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football game in Five Star Stadium on Saturday. Rylan Allen and Sheridan King, both representing Student Government Association, won the honors of homecoming king and queen, respectively.
The homecoming court was comprised of eight total candidates, four for queen and four for king.
In no particular order, the final candidates for queen were 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 were Chris French (Lambda Chi Alpha), Beau Roberts (Alpha Tau Omega), Harrison Ivins (Kappa Sigma) and Rylan Allen (Student Government Association).
"I'm very astonished right now, just basking in the moment, but I'm very grateful for everyone who voted for me and Rylan," King said.
"I'm excited to represent SGA with one of my best friends, Sheridan, and I'm so happy that the student body chose us. We're so honored," Allen said.
While the position of king or queen does not necessarily grant any rights or privileges, both King and Allen thought that the victory would be beneficial to their work.
"I definitely think it helps us to better connect with the students and better represent the students, not just as homecoming royalty but as student government representatives as well," King said.
"I feel the same way. I think it will allow us to feel more appreciative of the student body, and for the student body to look towards leaders on campus, and I think they will really appreciate having such nice representation on the court," Allen said.
Both winners said they planned to celebrate the victory with their families.
The QuadWorks week-long homecoming competition winners were also announced during halftime.
Mercer Music and Lyrics took the small group crown. For the medium group, the winning team is Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Reformed University Fellowship and Wesley of Macon. The large group winners are Kappa Sigma, Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Gamma Delta and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Henry Keating '24 is a Journalism and History student at Mercer. He has worked at The Cluster as SGA correspondent, State and Local News Editor, Managing Editor and now as the Editor-in-Chief. Henry has held internships at the Macon Newsroom, Macon Telegraph, and Greenville Post and Courier. He enjoys backpacking, rom-coms, pottery and photography.