Students honored as homecoming royals during Casino Night


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Benoit poses for the camera with his toppers up and sporting an “SEU Royal” banner. This is his second time on homecoming court.

Homecoming court winners were announced Oct. 28 at Casino Night during the homecoming weekend. Junior Zach Benoit won Homecoming King and senior Isabella Grimm was crowned Homecoming Queen. 

“So, I was on the underclassmen court last year and that was a lot of fun,” Benoit said. “Just kind of doing all the homecoming events, having fun. Then this year, it was cool to actually get voted on and win.”

Voting for under- and upperclassmen courts was open on Collegiate Link from Oct. 24 until Oct. 26. Students could nominate themselves or their friends by entering a nominee’s name and an explanation on why they should be considered. 

From there, a board of judges anonymously examined and chose nominees based on each submission. 

Both the nominees and the winners received sashes that they wore to tailgating on Saturday, Oct. 25. Students on the court showed off their  SEU pride and connected with the university’s community. This was Benoit’s second homecoming appearing on court. He was on the noble court last homecoming season. 

“I think homecoming is such a good way to build community with alumni, families (and) friends,” Benoit said. “It’s great to be a representation of the school as a whole.”

Homecoming Queen Isabella Grimm was not expecting to be voted onto court; but she was honored and pleasantly surprised to be elected. Grimm was happy to know that she’s valued by those on campus and that she has made a mark on the school. 

“I was shocked and absolutely grateful because I know of a lot of great, amazing people on campus because I’ve been here for quite a couple of years now,” Grimm said. “There were a lot of other people who probably deserved it more than I did, but to hear that the student body appreciates me in this way is wonderful. I’m so thankful they even wanted to vote for me in the first place or even consider(ed) me.”

Those who were on the noble court, like sophomore Christine Stewart, joined in the shared sense of community and chance to meet new people.

“Homecoming court is important to me because I remember that I told my orientation leader that I wanted to make my impact at St. Ed’s and seem important and have people know me,” Stewart said. “So, the fact that I got on (the court) and people are coming up to me and talking to me, and I get to meet lots of new people because of it is really cool.”