Homecoming Court voting took place last week in person and online from Oct. 25 to 28. and results were announced Oct. 29. The Homecoming King Justin Garcia and Queen Courtney Banfield were crowned on Saturday, Oct. 30 

“We had an excellent turnout for Homecoming this year,” Director of Student Engagement Programs Lacey Folsom said. “We had 11 organizations run students for Homecoming Court. While we had a great turn out for online voting, SFA students continue each year to have record numbers for voting in-person. We were worried with the weather we received on Wednesday, but it ended up being our highest voting day overallAfter a year of no Homecoming, it was nice to get back to this tradition, and we have made lots of notes so that AXEperience can provide an even better experience next year.” 

The candidates all participated in opportunities to earn extra points throughout the week, but it came down to votes and it was close in almost every class. 

The 2021 Homecoming Court consisted of freshmen court candidates Benjamin Thacker and Callie Bowers, sophomore court candidates Parker Weiblinger and Neesa McGuire, junior court candidates Cameron Shepherd and Kaitlyn Whitsett, senior court candidates Shawn Parker and Emma McKeehan and finally the 2021 Homecoming King Justin Garcia and Homecoming Queen Courtney Banfield. 

“It means a lot to me that I was able to not only be a candidate but to actually win this year's Homecoming King,” Garcia, a sports business major from Garrison, said. I try my best [to] embody Lumberjack pride here at this University while also allowing my personality to show at all timesIt made me feel good that I was able to accomplish a title such as this during a very important week at this lovely University!” 

Garcia and Banfield were the first student athletes to run for homecoming court and to win the crowns. 

 “Being announced as Homecoming Queen was such a surreal experience, and I will always remember it,” Banfield, a management major from Friendswood, said. “It was such a long and hardworking week between dance practice and appearances, school, work and homecoming events/campaigning. But having my name called out at [the] bonfire with my spirit team family standing at the front of the stage cheering for me made it all worth itIt means the world to me that I am the 2021 SFASU Homecoming Queen, and I am forever grateful for everyone that supported me. I could not have done it without them. 

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