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By Anne Dudley
This year, odds are in CCI’s favor for Homecoming Queen! The college can proudly boast three female representatives in the court during the centennial year’s Homecoming celebration.
Two of CCI’s court members will also receive the Outstanding Undergraduate Award from the School of Communication Studies on Friday, Oct. 8.
A student organization or campus office they are affiliated with nominated each representative.
Student Success Programs nominated Emily Carle, senior Applied Communication major from Bowling Green, Ohio. Emily said “It is a huge honor just to be nominated in the first place…Dozens of women were involved in the interview process with the Homecoming Selection Committee. All of the girls are very involved, very intelligent, and very aware of what’s going on on-campus…to be in the top six women is a huge honor.”
Carle also said she is so proud to have two other CCI students on court with her. “I know both of the girls personally and they are two of the nicest, most pro-CCI people… just to have them as my friends on court and second to have them represent CCI with me could not be better. All of them are very supportive of CCI. CCI could not have had better people.”
Carle also said she is looking forward to the philanthropy project court members will be involved in at the King Kennedy Center and continuing to form bonds with the other court members.
Kent Communication Society (KCS) nominated Arianne Gasser, senior Organizational Communication major from Canton, Ohio.
Gasser said she wanted to be a part of the Homecoming court because she not only loves Kent State, but also thought this would give her the opportunity to be the “ultimate role model” in addition to being a Resident Assistant and President of KCS.
“I’m really excited to get KCS’s name out there. In the last 2 years I’ve been trying to get recruitment up –I’ve tried to make KCS something that communication majors know about and want to be a part of.”
Kent Student Ambassadors nominated Carrie Drummond, senior Public Relations major from Boardman, Ohio. Drummond said, “I didn’t ask to be nominated, and I didn’t see it coming” as she described the first Ambassadors meeting where all students with 90 or more credit hours were asked to stand and be voted on.
Drummond went on to say, “Going to Kent State was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I’m proud to be able to represent the school that has meant so much to me.”
Drummond is looking forward to leading the spirit walk to the pep rally. “…we even get to wear our sashes for that. That should be the most fun because we really get to show our Kent State pride!”
All of the CCI representatives are excited at the news of their selection and honored to have been chosen from a group of extremely worthy candidates. Gasser said, “It’s unbelievable and incredibly exciting.” She said that this experience will “top off all of the good memories of being at Kent.”
Drummond added, “Each girl on Court is more than deserving of the crown, and I’ll be thrilled for whoever wins.”
Each of the ladies stated that they were looking forward to sharing this experience with their families and friends, especially the other court members.
Drummond said, “I think that half of the female court members being from CCI says a lot about our college. We’re so well prepared by CCI. People in the college are well rounded. We participate in activities all over campus, we work hard in our classes, and we care about representing Kent State in the best possible way.”