The crowd erupted as the members of Alpha Phi sorority stormed the floor after their name was called as sweepstakes winner.
The sorority took home the Homecoming sweepstakes championship Nov. 9. The award ceremony took place at 7 p.m. in Abe Lemons Arena in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.
This night concluded the two-week long Homecoming competition. Ten organizations competed in Homecoming. Eight of those organizations competed in all five categories of banner, window painting, spirit structure, lip sync, and sweepstakes.
The organizations that participated in all aspects of the competition were:
– Alpha Chi Omega
– Alpha Phi
– Gamma Phi Beta
– Phi Mu
– Kappa Sigma
– Lambda Chi Alpha
– Phi Gamma Delta, and
– Delta Alpha Chi / Kappa Phi.
The men’s basketball team and R is for Thursday competed in banner and window painting, but not the whole competition.
Alpha Phi took home the most awards, winning window painting, lip sync, and people’s choice for lip sync. Lambda Chi Alpha came is second place in sweepstakes, with Kappa Sigma in third place.
Adriana Tomeu, acting junior and Homecoming chairwoman for Alpha Phi, said the win was overwhelming.
“My mind is kind of numb, and I don’t really know what’s happening, I just know that I’m extremely excited,” Tomeu said. “All our hard work has paid off.”
The Alpha Phi sorority used a Peter Pan theme to match the “Great Big Adventure” overall theme set by the Homecoming committee.
Mia Overton, business administration senior and Alpha Phi president, said the win is validation for the hard work the members have put into the competition.
“We’re all just really excited that we have been able to spend the last two weeks together,” Overton said.
Homecoming royalty also was named during the award ceremony. Each competition organization submitted a nominee for the titles.
Tanner Bradshaw and Savannah Jackson, acting seniors, won the titles of Homecoming King and Queen respectively. Bradshaw represented Lambda Chi Alpha, and Jackson represented Gamma Phi Beta.
Bradshaw said he is excited to have won on behalf of his brotherhood.
“It feels pretty darn good,” Bradshaw said. “It’s just good that I can represent for my fraternity brothers, because they’re the best guys on campus.”
Jackson said her Gamma Phi Beta sisters helped encourage her during Homecoming, and she could not have won without their support.
“It feels really awesome,” Jackson said. “I am just glad this happened for my house. I’m really happy Homecoming happened, and now it’s over, for sleep.”