Crowns, axes, parades, torches Oh my! Last week, SFA crowned the Homecoming 2013 King and Queen. The Pine Log sat down with Queen Ja’Leah Davis and King Darius Moore to get the inside scoop on what it’s like being SFA royalty.
What was your reaction to winning Homecoming King/Queen?
J: It was kind of shocking because I thought my competition was two other girls (who) didn’t even place. When they called the Senior Duchess and it wasn’t my name or the other two girls who I thought were my competition, that’s what shocked me the most. It was really shocking to hear them call my name and it was exciting.
D: I was beyond shocked, and I was just so overwhelmed. I was the one that was happy. I almost shed a tear when they called my name because that’s how I am, really emotional. I was so happy and overjoyed that my name got called, and I was now the 2013 Homecoming King.
What does being Homecoming King/Queen mean to you?
J: I would also have to agree that you are now a face of SFA. You have to uphold the five (SFA Way) principles which are caring, unity, responsibility, integrity and respect. You have to now realize that you are being watched. You know people are going to look up to you so you have to be careful what you do. You have to make sure that what you do has a great impact on others. I think it is a great position to change other people’s lives. I’m not a real queen or anything, but at the same time you never know who you can touch in your path.
D: You are one of the faces of SFA. I will now be recognized as the 2013 Homecoming King. It is a great honor. It means a lot to me. I have already had people I didn’t know come up to me and tell me congratulations. It is a great feeling to know that people know who I am and people are out there that support me.
What was it like leading the Torchlight Parade?
J: It was an honor. We were like leading half of SFA. Just for them to be following behind us made me realize what kind of an impact you can have on someone. It felt like an accomplishment, like something I could scratch off my bucket list: I lead a crowd of people. It was a great feeling that I hope to one day feel again.
D: At the end of it all, when I looked back and saw everybody, I was so in awe that I was speechless. I couldn’t stop smiling that whole night. To know that (all those people) were waiting for me to pass the torch to APO to light the bonfire, was a great experience.
What thoughts were running through your mind when you were carrying the torches?
J: Am I going to drop it? Is my hair going to catch on fire? Is the tree going to catch on fire? Am I going to blow up the school? I was scared. I was going to be the first queen to drop a torch. I didn’t expect it to be that heavy.
D: One: “Darius, do not drop this torch in front of all of these people.” Another thing: “Oh my gosh, what if my flame gets too big and it goes over and catches Ja’Leah’s hair on fire?’ It was interesting.
How would you describe your Homecoming experience?
J: Epic. I wore my crown all night even when I went to sleep. My roommate had to take it off my head when I was asleep because she was scared it was going to stab me. I went to Redbox with my crown on.
D: Wonderful, amazing experience that I am going to cherish the rest of my life. I have already hung up my axe handle that I won...it is already on my wall.
Describe your downtown parade experience.
J: It was really good seeing the little children wave. It was adorable seeing the little kids with their axes up.
D: It was very rewarding. I know it was all fun and games, but when we were passing by groups of people they would say, “Here comes the King and Queen.”
How many hours of sleep did you get last weekend?
J: I’m still trying to catch up from lack of sleep last week because we had to be up here at 10 a.m. to set up the tables, pass out flyers, make flyers, print flyers, do this and that. D: Oh, let’s not talk about sleep! I was up until like 3 or 4 a.m. a lot doing stuff and then having to wake up a 8 a.m. to prepare for the day. It was a constant battle. I was exhausted last week and weekend.
J: It was like all my tests landed on last week.
D: Let’s not even mention classes. J/D: We had tests during Homecoming.
How long have you two known each other?
D: A year and a half BUT it feels like a lifetime. We were next door neighbors in The Village and then we got inducted into SAA together. That’s where our friendship took off.
What activities are you involved in at SFA?
J: I’m involved in Student Activities Association, the president of Fashion N’ Motion, in Alpha Phi Omega (a service fraternity), Big Jacks, a mentor for Excel, NAACP, ASO and LCA.
D: I’m a member of the Student Activities Association, a model for Fashion N’ motion, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Big Jacks, a Jack Camp Orientation leader and a SFA 101 student instructor.
What is your major and why are you studying this?
J: My major is broadcasting , radio and TV. The reason I’m studying in that field is because I have a personality that can’t be hidden. Although I do know the most money is made behind the camera, I enjoy being in front of the camera, talking to people. I want my own talk show, and I want it to be a mix between entertainment as well as community. I like making people happy and making them smile.
D: I am a theatre and education major. I knew I was going to major in theatre because I have a passion for the stage. I love everything that the stage embodies and encompasses, what the stage teaches people. I LOVE theatre. I wanted to expand my horizons which is why I went into education. I feel it is vital for our youth today to be exposed to theatre. I have a really strong passion for teaching, and I feel like the classes I am taking for education are the easiest things in the world and the most fun because this is something that I want to do. I want to be one of greatest theatre teachers to have ever graced this planet, especially in Texas where we have our UIL competitions. I want to be the teacher that takes their class to state every single year. That is what I’m striving for. I want my students to appreciate theatre for what it is and to get people who would never be involved in theatre interested.
J: I want to say if you put your mind to it you can do it. There is nothing to be afraid of. Even if you don’t get the title, it was a competition and it was fun, because you got to meet people, and it was a good networking opportunity.
D: I want to say thank everyone who voted, every professional staff that we have to work with, Traditions Council for putting on amazing events and to all the hard work that everyone has put into Homecoming to make sure it was successful. I appreciate them and everyone who voted in helping me receive this title. So I just want to tell SFA thanks
J: Ya everything that Darius said. Like he said there wouldn’t have been an Homecoming without everybody.