Colorado State University - Pueblo crowns royalty at halftime of Homecoming game

Colorado State University - Pueblo crowns royalty at halftime of Homecoming game

PUEBLO – Two students were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the 2013 Homecoming activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Sept. 30 to Oct. 5. Senior English major/secondary education minor Abbi Johnson, Denver, and senior mass communications major Talha Qureshi, Karachi, Pakistan, accepted crowns and capes during halftime of the ThunderWolves Oct. 5 victory over Fort Lewis in the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.  Qureshi is the first international student to be crowned Homecoming royalty at CSU-Pueblo.

The two received the most votes during a student body election on Oct. 4 from a slate of six total candidates.  Candidates had to be a full-time student in at least in their second semester at CSU-Pueblo with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Johnson is president of the CSU-Pueblo English Club, serves as an orientation coordinator, and works as a student technician for the Information Technology Help Desk.  Qureshi is vice president of the CSU-Pueblo International Students Association, is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and works as a reporter for the CSU-Pueblo Today. 

All candidates were required to attend Homecoming activities, including a pep rally/bonfire as well as the student tailgate, game, and masquerade ball/casino night on Saturday.  Tom and Vivian Hall, owners of Tom G. Hall Drywall, donated ceremonial robes to the CSU-Pueblo Athletic Department for use in the Homecoming coronation.

Other royalty candidates included:

Queen Candidates
•Jessica Curry, senior, business management (marketing), Florence
•Olivia Elley, senior, business management (marketing), Pueblo

King Candidates
•Freddy Correamanrique, junior, mass communications, Colorado Springs
•Mario Ruiz, junior, foreign language (Spanish), Fountain

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.