Tension mounted Sunday as five boys and girls stepped up to the stage in front of the Edmon Low Library.
The crowd murmured as friends, family and peers waited with growing anticipation. Armed with a tiara, bouquet and plaque, OSU President Kayse Shrum and Pistol Pete walked up to the stage to crown the Homecoming king and queen. The announcer wasted no time after introducing the candidates to say the names of the two at the head of the court, his voice booming over the lawn: Parker Smith and Amarie Griffeth.
Homecoming royalty is a staple of Oklahoma State’s traditions. To celebrate those who work hard to personify the cowboy code is something faculty and staff hope to achieve by giving several students a shot in the spotlight on the Homecoming court.
To be in the Homecoming court, there's no requirement to be in Greek life. Only 60 credit hours as a student are required to apply, so anyone can choose to pursue becoming a part of the court.
Ariel Scholten, the executive director for the Homecoming celebration, knows Griffeth and Smith.
“All of the candidates were wonderful, but I cannot think of anyone who embodies the cowboy code more fully than Parker Smith or Amarie Griffith,” Scholten said. “Amarie is one of the hardest working yet humblest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.”
Smith is the president of Farmhouse Fraternity, a member of the Spears School of Business student council, a campus tour guide, and one of the Alumni Ambassadors. The tours are what he believes stands out in his work with the campus.
“I find a lot of joy in getting to show other people our campus,” Smith said.
To Griffith, a Homecoming queen is someone who puts aside their preferences to love their peers. She is in Kappa Delta, a member of the SGA, a member of Ferguson College of Agriculture’s student council and she served as a freshman representative council member as the director of food security. Griffith also works in several organizations which emphasize self-worth and ministry toward women.
Every Homecoming candidate had many qualifications and organizations they helped under their belt.
“We just can’t wait to meet you, to love you well, and we are so excited to share America’s Greatest Homecoming with everyone that comes to participate,” Griffith said.