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(1)Homecoming kids game decorating contest(2)Homecoming tailgate contest second place winners(3)Homecoming tailgate most creative winners

Southeastern announces Homecoming contest winners

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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(1) CREATIVE CARDBOARD GAMES – Winners of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Homecoming shoe box game decorating contest were, front row from left, (8-9 year old division) O’Shawanta Dantzler, second; (6-7 year old division) Samoria Quinn, second and Noah Steptoe, first; and (8-9 year old division) Evan Bechac, first; back row from left (10-13 year old division), Olivia Maurer, second and Breonn Nichols, third; (8-9 year old division) Raylynn Sanders, third; and (10-13 year old division) Skyler Meyers, first.

(2) DECORATIVE TAILGATES – Following the 2009 Homecoming theme “Roomie’s Got Game,” the entry “Roomie Deletes the BearKats,” created by the group “#1 Lion Fans” was selected as the tailgating second place winner. Seated is Jerry Hollimon, then, from left, are Linda Hollimon, Marion Ruth and Davis “Sonny” Chandler, and Louis and Shirley Wiginton.
(3) CREATIVE TAILGATING – Enthusiastic Lion fans flooded Friendship Circle with decorative tailgating on Southeastern Louisiana University’s Homecoming Day to show support and cheer on their team. The winner of the most creative tailgate was Alpha Sigma Tau sorority for their recreation of the board game “Clue,” which invited tailgaters to try to find out who killed the bearkat in the kitchen.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University has announced the winners of its Homecoming 2009 contests, held to let the campus and community show off its Lion Pride during Homecoming Week, Oct. 12-17. 
     Faculty, staff, students, tailgaters from the campus and community, downtown businesses and area school children all participated in a variety of contests challenging them to use their creative skills in decorating doors and tailgating spaces, designing games out of shoe boxes or concocting a tasty tailgating recipe – all in honor of the Homecoming theme “Roomie’s Got Game.” 
     Members of the Southeastern community also put their brain power to work in the annual Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Quiz Bowl.
     Here are the Homecoming contest results:
     Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Quiz Bowl 
     Overall winner – The “Sigmatizers,” a faculty team of George Dorril, Sherri Craig, Leigh Rourks, and Dustin Cotton, all from the Department of English, bested the winning student team, “A Cut Above.” Representing an English honors class, A Cut Above included undeclared major Richard Curtis-Smith of Independence, chemistry major Jeffrey Stiles of St. Francisville, computer science major Caleb Faul of Church Point, and biological sciences major Courtney Himbert of Kenner. Team alternate was nursing major Lacey Wood of Baton Rouge.
     Tailgating cooking contest 
     Joseph Bruno of Aramark, Joe Wong of Trey Yuen Restaurant, and Jolanda Taylor of Southeastern Alumni judged the contest. New to the contest this year was the “Golden Spoon Award,” voted on by contest participants. The team of Veda Abene and Pam Bentivegna (Extended Studies) walked away with first ever “Golden Spoon.”
     ▪ Sweets Category – Antoinette Alack (Student Conduct), “HiHo Cherry Cobbler,” first place; Auxiliary Services, “Bonus Round Bars,” second place.
     ▪ Savory Category – Allison Blache (University Housing), “Bearkat Bait,” first place; Kay Maurin (Disability Services), “Wild Game Sausage,” second place.
 Campus door decorating contest
     ▪ Door decorating: Campus Activities Board, first place; Extended Studies, second place; University Housing, third place.
 Cardboard Shoe Box Game Decorating Contest
     ▪ 10-13 year old division – Skyler Meyers, Independence Middle School, first place; Olivia Maurer, Mater Dolorosa School, second place; Breonn Nichols, Hammond Westside Upper School, third place.
     ▪ 8-9 year old division – Evan Bechac, Holy Ghost School, first place; O’Shawanta Dantzler, Hammond Eastside Magnet School, second place; Raelynn Sanders, Natalbany Elementary School, third place.
     ▪ 6-7 year old division – Noah Steptoe, Mater Dolorosa School, first place; Samoria Quinn, Hammond Eastside Primary, second place; Alejandra Rico, Midway Elementary School, third place. 
     Downtown Decorating Contest – Eddie’s Frozen Custard (decorated by Alpha Sigma Tau), first place; Lee’s Drive In (decorated by Alpha Omicron Pi), second place; Tasty Pastry (decorated by Gamma Beta Phi), third place. 
     Homecoming Day Tailgate Decorating Contest 
     ▪ Most Creative Tailgate – Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. The tailgate recreated the board game “Clue,” complete with a “murder” scene of a Sam Houston State bearkat under a blanket with police tape. 
     ▪ Second Place – Louis and Shirley Wiginton and fellow supporters Sonny and Marion Ruth Chandler and Jerry and Linda Hollimon. The theme was “Roomie Deletes the BearKats.”  

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