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This item originally appeared in the October 21, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.


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Fourteen students were announced Oct. 13 to represent the student body on Tech's 2004 Homecoming Court.

Carrifrances DiCarlo, co-director of Student Government Association student affairs, said the court was selected based on nominations from a chosen organization, an application review, an interview process and, finally, by 990 votes from the student body.

The seven female court members are Christal Beach, a senior architecture major; Lindsey Bergeron, a senior speech communication major; Nicole Chico, a senior speech language pathology major; Jill Davis, a senior biology major; Sarah Tidwell, a junior family and child studies major; Kai Thompson, a senior kinesiology and health promotions major; and Jenny Quinnelly, a senior speech communication major.

The male members include Chuck Brouillette, a junior art education major; Mims Boyce, a junior kinesiology and health promotion major; Stephen Cox, a junior accounting major; Jared Moss, a junior molecular biology major; Travis Napper, a junior marketing major; Adam Owens, a senior political science major; and Brandon Zeringue, a senior chemistry major.

DiCarlo said, "Each organization nominated one male and one female, who then filled out an application, which was screened by a faculty panel."

She said the faculty panel awarded points for how many organizations the candidates were involved in. The top 24 men and top 24 women went on to the interviewing process, during which they were asked questions by the faculty panel about why they chose to attend Tech and about their involvement in campus organizations.

DiCarlo said after the interviews the top 12 candidates of each group were placed on the ballot for student voting from 9 a.m. Oct. 12 until 3 p.m. Oct. 13.

DiCarlo said, "[Being chosen] recognizes students who dedicate their time to better Tech."

She also said it is an extreme honor to be chosen to represent Tech during Homecoming Week, and it is an opportunity for the students to thank those who are dedicated to each organization.

"[Homecoming Week] makes the student body more aware of what a wonderful school it attends," she said.

Davis said she was nominated by the Student Recruiters, a group that gives tours to prospective students and participates in Time Out for Tech.

Davis said her favorite Homecoming activity is getting ready for the parade.

"It will be fun to be in a parade since I've never been in one," Davis said. "I've enjoyed watching it, and now I will be in it -- it's a different perspective."

Brouillette said he was excited about getting to see things from the other side.

"Instead of looking down on the game, you're looking up at the audience," Brouillette said.

He also said being on Homecoming Court is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to represent his school during an important time.

"[Homecoming Week] gives us a sense of pride in our school, not only in football but in the student body as a whole," he said.

The Homecoming queen and top escort will be announced at 10 p.m. Friday during the pep rally in the Thomas Assembly Center.

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