Behind the Scenes of Wayland’s Homecoming

Wayland Baptist University recently held Homecoming 2022. With seven girls and four boys nominated, only two would win. This event started in Chapel with Wayland alumni who gathered for a panel discussion. They had three guests:  Ms. Abby Manes, BSIS ‘16, Kevin McConic, BAS ‘15, and Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, BA ‘93 MEd ‘95, were asked to discuss their memorable moments from Wayland. 

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“I was a very non-traditional student. I was at the Lubbock campus and mine was more of an intimate moment,” McConic said. “I learned that there are multiple intelligences, and my intelligence is with people.”

Manes added her most treasured memory of Wayland.

“I have all the memories of being a student on campus and being involved in campus activities,” Manes said. “The memory that I [valued the most] is just the way people loved and cared about me.”

Dr. Trujillo spoke about his experiences.

“It is the intimacy and the small groups that I appreciate. When you sit in a classroom where you have really good conversations and guidance,” Dr. Trujillo said. “That memory has allowed me to appreciate it and to carry that into my job.”

McConic ended with a message for students. 

“It is not where you begin,” McConic said. “It’s where you finish.”

The Homecoming Court was introduced on Saturday during halftime of the boy's basketball game. There were seven girls and for boys nominated. 

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Kira Weatherton is a Junior majoring in Molecular Biology from Clarendon, Texas. Weatherton was sponsored by Wayland Cheer. Some of her campus activities include SGA, BMS leader, and President of Student Union Board.

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Kayla Cobbley is a Junior majoring in Business Administration from Huffman, Texas. Cobbley was sponsored by Enactus. Some of her campus activities include Women’s Soccer Team manager, Vice President of Membership for Enactus, and the President of American Marketing Association.

Cobbley shared her favorite part of running for homecoming queen and how she advertised herself.

“My favorite part was getting to dress up and seeing everyone else represent various organizations, sports teams, and academic schools across campus,” Cobbley said. “I painted a banner and hung it up in the School of Business hallway and a few other areas around campus.”

Cobbley added what she had learned from this experience. 

“I learned that despite Wayland’s small population, there are still many students I likely would have never seen or met,” Cobbley said. “The majority of my classes, club involvement, and work are all located within the School of Business, so it was nice to meet people from other organizations.” 

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Hannah Cardy is a Junior majoring in Criminal Justice from Plainview, Texas. Cardy was sponsored by the Student Alumni Council. Some of her campus activities include Adventure Club, Student Alumni Council, and Student Government.

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Ariel Marquez is a Senior majoring in Business Administration from Bushland, Texas. Marquez was sponsored by the School of Business. Her campus activities include Volleyball, Cheer, and Enactus. 

Marquez shared what she did to advertise herself.

“I painted a big poster that we hung up in the School of Business weeks prior to hoco,” Marquez said. “Brandon made some very nice flyers that we put up around the campus. We both also had many friends and teammates who were very supportive of us and helped spread the word for voting.”

Marquez expanded on her sponsors and why it was important.

“I believe it has more meaning if the school departments nominated students who they thought would represent their area of study well,” Marquez said. “Much like how a majority of the students on the court this year were selected.”

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Brenna Daniel is a Junior majoring in Elementary Education (EC-6) with Special Education Emphasis from Lubbock, Texas. Daniel was sponsored by Don A. Williams School of Education. Her campus activities include the Volleyball team and member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

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JoNiesha Kennedy is a Sophomore majoring in Political Science from Louisiana. Kennedy was sponsored by the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her campus activities are wrestling.

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Brook Quinones is a Senior majoring in Elementary Education with Special Education Emphasis from Lovington, New Mexico. Quinones was sponsored by Don A. Williams School of Education. A few of his campus activities include being President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Quarterback for the Wayland football team, and is heavily involved in Mission Trips.

Quinones shared his favorite part of running for homecoming king and what he learned from this experience.

“My favorite part of running for homecoming king was the experience and the people who I did it with,” Quinones said. “What I learned was to be thankful for those experiences. I was just honored that my school and professors selected me to represent them.”

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Joseph Colurciello is a Senior majoring in Exercise Sport Science from Lockhart, Texas. Colurciello was sponsored by Don A. Williams School of Education. His campus activities are football for Wayland.

Colurciello shared his learning experience and what his favorite part of being nominated for homecoming king was.

“What I learned is that people from different backgrounds can all come together,” Colurciello said. “My favorite thing was meeting the people I wouldn’t have met while running.”

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Brandon Duarte is a Senior majoring in Justice Administration/Business Minor from Reynosa, Mexico. Duarte was sponsored by the School of Business. His campus activities include the Wayland Men’s Soccer Team and being a student worker in the School of Business.

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Jackson Kent is a Junior majoring in Business Administration from Huffman, Texas. Kent was sponsored by Enactus. His campus activities include Men’s Soccer, President of Senate, and the President of Enactus.

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Tevia Bell is a Senior majoring in Exercise Sport Science from Amarillo, Texas. Bell was sponsored by Don. A Williams School of Education. Her campus activities include volleyball, golf, and the Texas Academy of Science.

Bell highlighted why she would recommend this to another student.

“I would recommend anyone and everyone to run because the overall experience was one of my favorite memories at Wayland,” Bell said. “Winning was for sure the icing on the cake but aside from that, getting ready, picking out a dress, and doing the whole event with my friends was even better than the win in my opinion.”

She also expressed what she learned from this experience.

“I learned a lot of things throughout this whole experience, but I would say the one thing that stood out to me was to always stay humble and confident in everything you do,” Bell said. “I think a big thing for me when just going through everyday life is staying confident and trying to be the best at everything I do. But I also strive to stay humble and keep a level head in everything I do too. I think once you have those things as a priority and goal in life - you are set.”

Bell shared her thoughts on what this meant to her as a Senior.

“This experience was truly an honor to be a part of,” Bell said. “I'm going to miss Wayland so much when I graduate but I thank God every day for the blessing of being a student at Wayland. Now I have a reason to come back next year!”

Tevia Bell and Brandon Duarte were announced the 2022 homecoming queen and king.

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Photos by Christina Longoria