Olive Daniels

Staff Writer

On Saturday, students, alumni, faculty, and fans gathered at Richardson Stadium for Davidson’s annual homecoming football game. Despite the cloudy skies and pelting rain, morale maintained its strength throughout the game. Though they played a close game, the Wildcats did not emerge ultimately victorious, losing 42-35 to Valparaiso University after holding the lead during the first half. However, in spite of the loss, the Davidson community still took the opportunity to celebrate during halftime, watching and applauding the crowning of the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen.

The Elections Council of the SGA announced the Homecoming Court to the study body via email on Thursday, October 1. Students then had the opportunity to vote online for their choices for King and Queen. The nominees for Homecoming King were Pablo Zevallos ‘16, Mahlek Pothemont ‘16, Xzavier Killings ‘16, Will King ‘16, and Zi Yang ‘16. The nominees for Queen consisted of Becca Garner ‘16, Betsy Marshall ‘16, Katie Bennett ‘16, Katie Farrey ‘16, and Meron Fessehaye ‘16.

During halftime, each member of the court was introduced to the crowd. Each senior’s name and hometown, along with notable extra-curricular involvement, leadership positions, and credentials, were announced. After a few seconds of anticipation, Xzavier Killings of Roebuck, SC and Betsy Marshall of Charlotte, NC were crowned king and queen.

Reflecting upon his achievement, Killings emphasized how honored he was to represent the Davidson community in such a way. As an active member on campus, Killings is a Bonner Scholar, a Terry Fellow, and has been heavily involved in community service and civic engagement throughout his time at Davidson. He stands out as one of the captains of the track and field team and as a volunteer at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church pre-school.

Killings expressed his surprise when he heard his name being called: “I didn’t really expect it, but I was honored to be standing among such impressive and talented people.” He also iterated his gratitude to the college and its community:  “Davidson has supported me through many endeavors – athletically, academically, and socially.”

Marshall also expressed how honored she was to represent the Davidson community. Known around campus for her work as Student Solicitor for the Honor Council, a member of Connor Eating House, a trip leader for Davidson Outdoors, and the community relations leader for Youth Map, Marshall is a celebrated leader within the Davidson community.

Marshall, like Killings, also voiced her shock and gratitude upon being named Homecoming Queen. “I was really surprised upon hearing the announcement, but also very honored to be among such an incredible group of girls on the court.” She expressed how grateful she is to the Davidson community and their support, as well as her mother and father (a Davidson alum) for their attendance at the event: “I am so thankful and flattered. This is definitely a highlight of my Davidson experience.”