NMJC 2009 Homecoming: One for the Record Books
1/29/2009 4:42:03 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. It wasn't New Mexico Junior College's solid 87-59 defeat over the New Mexico Military Institute that set this year's January 29th homecoming celebration apart from previous ones, in spite of the fact that the Thunderbirds are now touting a 18-5 overall season, 6-3 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. It was actually what happened at the halftime celebration that made it one for the college's record books.
Thanks to a tie in the 4-day-long campuswide voting, for the first time in NMJC's history, two homecoming queens were named. Calley Pritchett and Brittany White shared the honor, while William "Teddy" Stovin was named Homecoming King.
Pritchett, a sophomore education major from Levelland, Texas, is a thrower for the Lady T-Birds Track & Field team and was nominated by the Campus Ambassadors. White, a freshman general studies major hailing from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is a shooting guard for the Lady T-Birds Basketball team and was nominated by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Stovin, a freshman Construction Technology major from Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada, is a bull rider on the T-Bird Rodeo team and was also nominated by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The royal trio's court consisted of five other young ladies and three other gentlemen. Queen candidates and their representative organizations included the following: Gabrielle Hix, College Democrats; Kallie Lamb, Rodeo Team; Amanda Lopez, Student Athletic Trainers; Alexis Orosco, ThunderSpirit cheerleaders; and Rebekah Wier, College Republicans.
King candidates consisted of Briar Deen, Campus Ambassadors; Logan Heslington, T-Bird Baseball; and Rayan Turner, College Republicans. Mike Hix, Landon Hyvonen, and Gera Sanchez served as escorts.
When DeMond Thomas, Student Life Activities Coordinator, confirmed that NMJC would be crowning not one but two queens, he said there was a last-minute scramble to procure a matching crown and bouquet. After visiting with the homecoming sponsors, he was relieved to discover that all was under control. "Everything Nice, along with Heaven Scent Flowers and Gifts, stepped in to ensure that everything truly was 'twice as nice' for the queens," saidThomas. "And to make certain the King wasn't left out, Big 5 Sporting Goods generously provided a gift card."
According to Telana Davis, NMJC Admission Specialist, the idea of having two homecoming queens is both novel and rewarding. "I've never heard of two queens being selected, not even in high schools, but I think it's great. Two very deserving young women were chosen, so I see it as rewarding twice the beauty and twice the class. I was honestly happy for both of them."
Chris Polson, Associate Dean of Students, sees the entire homecoming event as one to remember. "The T-Birds played extremely well, won their game, and furthered their already impressive season record. Then 12 outstanding young men and women, who were nominated by the most active, most prestigious student organizations on campus, stepped onto the court at half-time vying for a title. That alone made every one of them a winner, too," he said. "And when it was announced that there was a tie for homecoming queen, I realized it would mean there would now be great college memories for not one, but two outstanding young ladies. I think NMJC's Homecoming 2009 was a win-win all the way around. And it won't be forgotten soon."