It’s the thing that young girls dream to be and what young boys pretend to be— royalty. Missouri Western crowned King Connor Samenus and Queen Ljubica Basic as the 2015-2016 Homecoming Royalty during the football pep rally Friday.
“Words cannot describe how I feel right now,” King Samenus said, moments after being crowned. “I was among such a great court and I was just happy to be here.”
Queen Basic describes feeling similar to the King.
“I don’t think I can really describe it,” says Queen Basic, through flurries of cell phone photographers. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before.”
Though King Samenus expressed that he felt calm and happy while awaiting the results, Queen Basic had a completely different thought.
“I was thinking, ‘I’m just gonna tell myself that I’m not going to get it, but that’s okay because I was on homecoming court,’” says Queen Basic. “So yeah, I was freaking out.”
WAC Homecoming Co-chair and 2014-2015 Homecoming King Tony Dougherty, though sad to relieve the crown to his successor, believes that the night went well.
“It looks nice in here; people were excited,” former King Doughtery said, while glancing at the crowds of students swarming for pictures. “This event was a success.”
SGA’s unofficial Homecoming advisor Jessica Frogge agrees that the event and the week as a whole was a success.
“I’m absolutely exhausted, but really, I think it was all worth it,” Frogge said, as the night was coming to an end. “There were so many students who worked so hard to bring everything together.”
As for the next step for the royalty, the royal pair have entirely different ideas.
“I guess it’s just back to being a normal student for me,” King Samenus says, thinking about what his plans are now that he is royal.
King Samenus hadn’t much considered what his life might be like after being crowned, but Queen Basic has big plans for Western.
“I’m thinking of bringing some kind of community service to Western,” explains Queen Basic. “I’m hoping to include something with breast cancer awareness, since it affects so many people.”