Published: Monday, October 15, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012 17:10
After weeks of campaigning, this year’s homecoming king and queen have finally been announced.
Senior Becca Hutchison and junior Jacob Yates were given the 2012 homecoming honors during halftime of the game against South Alabama on Saturday.
Hutchison, a communications disorders major of Hornersville, Mo., said she was shocked when they called her name over the loud speaker.
“I’m just really excited,” Hutchison said. “It’s a God thing, really. It’s still very surreal.”
Hutchison was nominated for homecoming by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and was the first woman from the BCM to ever be named homecoming queen.
“It’s a huge honor,” Hutchison said. “I’m honored, excited, all of the emotions are still running through my head.”
Yates, who was nominated by Zeta Tau Alpha, said he feels similarly.
“I was really surprised,” Yates said. “I told myself not to get my hopes up. I was pretty shocked, I never thought I had it.”
Yates is also a first in this year’s homecoming royalty. With Zeta Tau Alpha being on campus, this is their first year to put a male up for homecoming, and the first for him to win.
“I think it’s pretty cool that they put me up, and I won, because it’s their first year,” Yates said, also breaking the tradition of having a senior homecoming king. “It shows that ASU isn’t just in a routine. We weren’t hesitant in going for a change.”
Yates, a business finance major of Jonesboro, is also a member of Sigma Chi in which he is in charge of their philanthropy and secretarial duties.
Yates was also an Orientation Leader for the freshman class and is currently the vice president of philanthropy for the IFC.
Yates is also the founder and current president of the ASU Baggo Club.
Hutchison is very active in the BCM and is also a leader in Walnut Street Baptist’s collegiate group which is new to campus. Hutchison is also a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).
While in previous years, flyers, banners and wooden stakes littered the campus, this year the homecoming committee decided against physical campaigning. This year, every campaign went to social media sites.
“I think the biggest thing that helped me was the hashtag #getbaldythecrown on Twitter,” Yates said, who shaved his head in tribute to Bald is Beautiful. “A lot of people got on Twitter and used it along with a Facebook page that was created.”
Hutchison also used Facebook to get the word out.
“A lot of my friends in the BCM helped with the Facebook page,” Hutchison said.
At the end of halftime, both the king and queen received gifts from Pagan Jewelers.
Hutchison received a necklace with a crown pendant, worth $1,000 and Yates received a Citizen Eco-Drive watch, also worth $1,000.
“I appreciate the student body who voted for me,” Yates said. “I’m just so honored to be named as the king.”
Hutchison echoed his thoughts in saying that she was also honored to represent ASU.
“This is something that I never thought would happen,” Hutchison said. “I went into this year, never thinking that I would be homecoming queen. It’s still so crazy to me. I’m just so thankful.”