WVU names 2017 Homecoming King, Queen During Saturday’s game
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — With thousands of onlookers watching from the gold and blue striped stands of Milan Puskar Stadium, the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned during halftime of West Virginia University’s matchup against Texas Tech University on Saturday.
Morgan Cunningham, a senior chemical engineering student, was named queen.
Charlie Hageboeck, a senior finance major, was named king.
Hageboeck, whose candidacy was sponsored by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, said he was thrilled to be selected.
“I’m from West Virginia, so it’s a huge honor to represent the school and the whole student body,” he said.
The candidates were selected by their fellow WVU students, who cast ballots over two days earlier in Homecoming Week.
The process of running for king was long and competitive, Hageboeck said.
“It was an uphill battle,” he said. “It is an election, so you have to put your best foot forward and really give it your all.”
Cunningham, whose candidacy was sponsored by the Chi Omega sorority, said she never expected to win.
“It was an honor just to be selected to be on court,” she said. “Everyone wants to win — it’s such a privilege to represent this school. In the back of your mind, you really want to win, but being on the court was just such an honor.”
Cunningham, who hails originally from Richmond, Virginia, said her win cements West Virginia as her adopted home.
“I’m actually from out of state, so this really means that this place has become my home, and it’s always going to be my home no matter where I end up,” she said.
Cunningham, a member of the Honors College, serves as the Panhellenic vice president of education and vice president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
She is the recipient of the WVU Academic Excellence Scholarship and the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resource Academic Scholarship.
Hageboeck serves as the vice president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and serves as the senior manager for the WVU women’s soccer team. He previously served in various executive positions with the Student Government Association and the WVU College Republicans.
Hageboeck transferred to WVU from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, for which he received three congressional nominations.
Before announcement of the king and queen Saturday, the 2017 WVU Alumni Association’s Chapter and Service awards were also presented.
Clarke Ridgway was presented with David Jacobs Lifetime Service Award by WVU President E. Gordon Gee.
Dr. Antonio Licata received the Outstanding Alumnus Award; Dr. Lisa Costello was presented with the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumnus Award; Royce Watts was given the Paul “Buck” Martin Traditions Award; Dr. Joseph Reed won the James McCartney Community Service Award; and the John F. Nicholas Jr. Outstanding Chapter Leader Award was given to Doc and Kari Walker.