It was like an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” said Breanna Burton, social work junior, recalling the moment her name was announced Saturday at Bobcat Stadium, crowning her this year’s Texas State Homecoming queen.
Burton, who was nominated for the first time this year, represented the on-campus Ritmo Latino Dance Company.
Zac Kruger, microbiology senior, said he felt similarly when his name was announced as this year’s Homecoming king. The Renaissance man, who has been involved in on-campus activities ranging from orientation leader to resident assistant at San Jacinto Hall, was nominated by the men’s club volleyball team.
Fresh on their minds, the shock of winning the title has provided both Burton and Kruger with an opportunity to express their gratitude toward Texas State and to represent and reflect on its diverse community.
What were some of the reasons you wanted to be nominated?
Burton: I just wanted to represent my organization well and I’m a complete Bobcat, Texas State fan, and it would just be the utmost honor for me to represent the student body. I can’t even think of the words—it’s just a true honor.
Kruger: I think I represent not just the volleyball or athletic community, but I represent multiple communities as well (including) the gay and science communities. Basically, from what I see in these types of competitions, however trivial it may be, you only get one type of student representing the school, and I didn’t want that. I didn’t want the typical ASG member, fraternity or sorority member to represent the school. It’s not that being in a fraternity, sorority or ASG is bad or anything, I just thought it would be nice to represent a bigger population, rather than just one or two groups of people.
Did any of your friends or family members come out to support you?
Burton: Yes, I actually had both of my parents, my mom and dad, my boyfriend was in the stands and my two foster siblings were in the stands as well. They were so excited. I’m pretty sure they were the loudest five people in that stadium at that moment.
Kruger: Yeah, actually, my family didn’t even know I was running until they announced the final four (last) Wednesday. My mom and her boyfriend came down and my boyfriend, Jordan, came down from University of Texas-Austin and they were all sitting in the stands and they recorded it. You can see on the video when I won, my mom’s flipping out, she’s so happy and excited.
Did anyone ask to wear your crown after you won?
Burton: Oh, yes. Actually, my foster sibling, the little girl, she’s big into the Disney princesses, so when I came up to go greet them all she did was stare at my crown, and she whispered into my mom’s ear, and my mom told me she wanted to wear my crown. I was like, “Of course.” I gave her the flowers, the sash, the crown and we took lots of pictures, and she’s just glowing.