By Tilynn King
About 100 voters gathered at 11 a.m. on the Lawn at the PCC on Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the Homecoming rally and royal elections.
Students with college service cards were able to vote for the candidates while engaging in activities that included a football obstacle, tug of war and a root beer chugging contest.
Alexia Duarte, Joy Abubo and Heather Levinger were three of the five running for Homecoming queen who attended the rally, while Jerimiah Miro and Apple Vieraille were two of the three king candidates who attended.
Jessica Alcala, Stephanie Casas Garcia and Alex Wallace are the other candidates. All the candidates have been invited to the rally and royalty elections Thursday, Nov. 5, starting at 11 a.m. on the LAC Central Quad.
The queen and king candidates introduced themselves in brief segments on why they should be selected and what it meant to them to be in the royal court.
Apple Villareal, member of the LGBT club and newest king candidate said, “It doesn’t matter if I win or lose, I’m doing this for the experience and to support my club. They support and love me so much. I’m doing it to say if I can do it, you can do it too.”
During the event, the Viking cheerleaders performed a 20-minute routine and coach Neil Young introduced the Viking football players.
A student voter and spectator, Casey Holmes, 21, an art major, said, “The rallies are what gets you pumped up for the football game. I come for the activities and you can really feel the school spirit.”
Members of Tong and Thor, two men’s social-service clubs, the Brotherhood organization battled it out in a tug of war, which left one competitor, Shiloh Garcia 18, a communications major, with a shoulder sprain.
Women’s social-service club members from PNK1 and PNK2 competed, with PNK 2 winning the tug of war.
Abubo was the winner in the women’s root beer chugging contest and Jerry Zepeda, 20, an economics major, claimed the win in the men’s contest.
Derek Oriee, student activities adviser and MC for the rally, in closing said, “Remember, we’re one school, two campuses,” in an attempt to advice the students to visit the PCC more often.
The Homecoming tailgate celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, starting at 3 p.m. The football game against Citrus starts at 6 p.m. The queen and king will be announced at halftime.
More information is available by contacting Student Life Coordinator Teila Robertson at TRobertson@lbcc.edu or ASB coordinator Sylvia Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org, both in E207 at the LAC or by calling (562) 938-4978.