Students grooved to the music in celebration of the start of the 150th homecoming during the Homecoming Ball at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Washburn A/B room of Memorial Union on the campus of Washburn University.
This Monday night gathering allowed students to dress up, tear up the dance floor and party with their fellow Ichabods. The DJ provided a variety of slow and fast tunes while students got photos taken by a photographer from Kornerbooth Photography in Lawrence.
In the hallway outside the Washburn A/B room the entries from the top hat competition were on display. Student organizations and other Washburn groups designed custom-made themed hats in accordance with their assigned decade. This competition served as a dual fundraising auction with the students donating change to their favorite hat's jar or utilizing the "Buy It Now" option, which directs the individual to pay $50 and then allows them to keep the hat after the week ends.
At the dance's halfway point, Jessica Barraclough, director of Student Activities and Greek Life, announced all the nominees up for homecoming royalty. Out of approximately 30 candidates only 10, five women and five men, were selected for the homecoming court.
The Homecoming Court for 2015 consisted of the following queen candidates: Madison Wiegers, junior health information technology major; Alexa Bowen, senior business major; Emily Zimmerman, senior communication studies major; Catherine Steuart, junior elementary education major; and Kaitlyn Truesdell, senior business major.
The king candidates are Forrest Evans, senior music education major; Daniel Minton, senior biology major; Slater Champlin, senior forensics science major; Ryan Kelly, junior marketing and international business major; and Parker Gallion, senior nursing major.
Students are encouraged to cast their vote for their top pick for queen and king candidate before Oct. 24 in the Memorial Union or online at mywashburn.edu. The Homecoming King and Queen will be revealed during halftime at the homecoming football game Oct. 24 in Yager Stadium. The game's kickoff is set for 2 p.m.