QuadWorks announced the eight members of the 2022 Homecoming Court at a pep rally on Cruz following the annual Lip Sync Competition Friday night.
Each year, eight women and eight men are nominated as candidates for the court. After the student body casts their vote for one woman and one man online, the 16 candidates are pared down to four women and four men.
Student-body voting participation reached a record-high this year with 48% participation, according to Associate Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement Meredith Keating-White. Voting took place over the course of just one day.
In addition to student opinion, the court was chosen based on the results of interviews each candidate had with Mercer faculty. The queen and king will reflect the top-scorer in these two categories.
In no particular order, this year's court is comprised of:
- Abigail Yemisrach of Student Government Association
- Amelia Junod of Chi Omega
- Ashton Mayo-Beavers of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
- Michelly Pereira of Phi Mu
- Bennett Cate of Lambda Chi Alpha
- Matt Encarnacion of Student Government Association
- Jack Grimsley of Alpha Tau Omega
- Justin Henry of Carribbean Student Association
The court's queen and king will be crowned at Saturday's Homecoming football game against Furman University during halftime. Last year's queen and king, Sheridan King and Rylan Allen, both of Student Government Association, will be present to crown the victors.
Mary Helene Hall ‘23 is a journalism and women’s and gender studies student who has worked for The Cluster throughout her time at Mercer. She has held internships at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and AL.com, where she covered a variety of topics including politics, crime and culture.