• By Shalom Baer

Coronation: Rain or shine

2019 Homecoming king and queen: Brenna Dyke and Zach Thompson. Photo by Shalom Baer.

The annual Homecoming community block party took place inside the Minot State Dome this year due to unfriendly weather. The Oct. 2 event, which is normally held in front of Old Main, featured free food, various club booths, the MSU Band, Cheer Team, and bouncy houses and games for children.

Melissa Gnagoh, a graduate student from South Africa studying management at Minot State, said that there isn’t anything like Homecoming in her home country, but that she attended some of the events during Homecoming week.

“I’ve been to most of the games and also most of the free food stuff,” Gnagoh said. “It allows you to not only meet other students but also get that spirit about being a part of Minot and a part of everything that is going on.”

Aylin Ergin, a broadcasting and professional communications senior student from Germany, also said that the concept of Homecoming is not something she grew up with in her home city of Hamburg.

“We don’t have anything like that,” Ergin said. “I think my favorite part of Homecoming is the parade because lots of the businesses in town come together and it shows how close the community is because we’re all walking together.”

The block party concluded with coronation of Homecoming king and queen. All candidates were nominated by student clubs they are involved in, have completed 90 or more credits, and have above a 2.0 grade point average.

Zach Thompson, an elementary education major from Towner, North Dakota was crowned Homecoming king. He represented Students North Dakota United. Thompson was the only candidate for Homecoming king.

“There wasn’t a lot of competition,” Thompson said. “But I’m grateful to represent the university as Homecoming king, and I’m looking forward to watching the game on Saturday.”

Brenna Dyke was crowned Homecoming queen. She is a Minot native who is studying communication disorders at Minot State. She is involved with Student Ambassadors and MSU Life at the university.

“I think that this is a great way to start off my fourth year here, and I’m so excited to represent the campus,” Dyke said.

Emily Bailey, Madison Tiedman, and Megan Degree also ran for Homecoming queen. Payton Bland, a broadcasting and professional communications major, emceed the event with the assistance of students Emily Love and Thea Bonebreak. Bland, Love, and Bonebreak are all involved with MSU Life.

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