For only a moment, there was silence during the coronation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 9 in the Louis C. Cole Auditorium.
The crowd of students cheered as the band played and the cheerleaders performed. They clapped for the student government association (SGA) president, William Lee Galt, when he came to the stage. They held up signs and shouted as the candidates were welcomed to the stage.
Yet, when it came time to announce the king and queen, the crowd became silent as they anxiously awaited to hear a name.
Bradley Hill from Phi Kappa Psi and Colleen O’Leary from Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) were announced as the winners.
And, once again, the crowd roared.
Hill, a senior communications major, is involved on campus through the Interfraternity Council and Black Student Union Association (BSUA). He has also been an e-board member for SGA and a resident assistant. According to Boro Sync, he has dreamt of being crowned king since he came to Edinboro as a freshman.
“Bradley [Hill] is a more than deserving king,” candidate, Kyle Turk said. “I don’t think there’s a person on campus who doesn’t know who he is.”
O’Leary, a senior marketing major, is very involved in ZTA. Originally from Michigan, she has made Edinboro her home, even spending her summer here.
“Joining Zeta was one of the best decisions that she could have made (other than getting a Netflix account),” according to Boro Sync.
Timothy Schaefer from Alpha Phi Omega and Fawn Martz from Residence Life and Housing were voted first runners-up, and Coleton Flynn from Edinboro cheerleading and Bailey Goldbaugh from the Highland Ambassadors were the second runners-up.
“It was an honor to represent my squad for the cheerleaders,” Flynn said. “I thought it was pretty awesome that they picked me of all 21 people on the squad to represent them.”
Lindsay Mink, a member of the cheerleading squad, has known Flynn for four years. She voted for her fellow cheerleader, but not for the simple reason that she cheers with him.
“I voted for Colten Flynn because he’s one of the best people I’ve ever met in my life,” she said. “He is funny and he’s humble. He’s outgoing, and he knows a lot of people; he would represent the school well.”
Cathy Case voted for Courtney Hunt from Sigma Alpha Iota.
“We have been best friends since high school,” Case said. “She loves being in Edinboro and I feel like she’d make a good candidate.”
Even the candidates who didn’t place enjoyed the coronation ceremony.
“It was an amazing experience,” Turk said. “We represent the best of Edinboro, so it was an honor to be a part of it.”
In the weeks prior to homecoming, students were able to vote for the candidate of their choice through Boro Sync. The winners were also in Saturday’s homecoming parade.
Tracy Geibel is the Campus Life Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org