Southeastern announces 2016 Homecoming Court and Beau Court
Friday, October 7, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt
2016 SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING COURT – Seven Southeastern Louisiana University students have been chosen as members of
the 2016 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities, Oct. 17-22.
Members of the queen’s court are, from left, front, Taylor Drude, Maria Goddard and
Cierra Heckmann; back, from left, Maya Gauthier, Maggie Hinson, Haley Loyacano, and
2016 SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING BEAU COURT -- Members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2016 Homecoming beau court are, from left, front, Neil Bourgeois, Nicholas Wylie and Seth Leto; back, from left, Duncan Martin, Justin Bankston, Justin Archote and Austin Rogers.
HAMMOND – Fourteen Southeastern Louisiana University students have been chosen as
members of the 2016 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men
will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 17- 22.
Chosen as members of the queen court are seniors Taylor Drude, Hammond; Maya Gauthier, Hahnville; Maria Goddard, New Orleans; Cierra Heckmann, Chalmette; Chelsea Loupe, LaPlace; juniors Maggie Hinson, Denham Springs; and Haley Loyacano, Walker.
Members of the beau court are seniors Justin Archote, Independence; Justin Bankston, Loranger; Neil Bourgeois, Sorrento; Duncan Martin, Livingston; and Nicholas Wylie, Ponchatoula; and juniors Seth Leto, Amite; and Austin Rogers, Denham Springs.
The 2016 queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on Houston Baptist on Homecoming Day, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
The court also will participate in Homecoming festivities such as Gumbo YaYa on Oct. 19, the bonfire and pep rally on Oct. 20, and the 12 p.m. Homecoming Day parade.
Drude, an integrative biology major, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Division of Student Affairs Ambassadors, Order of Omega, Delta Omega Alpha Pre-Professional Society, Tri Beta Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi. She is the recipient of the Vice President’s Award of Excellence and the Green ‘S’ Award.
Gauthier majors in communication sciences and disorders. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. She is also an Excel Mentor, a member of the Intramural Flag Football Championship Team, Peace and Purpose Mindfulness Organization, and a 2015-16 DSA Ambassador. Gauthier was one of 40 students in the nation selected to participate in the 2016 American Speech Language Hearing Association Minority Student Leadership Program in Philadelphia.
Goddard, a communication major, is a member of PRSSA, where she was the most active member in 2013 and served as community service director from 2013-15. She has been named to the President’s List, is a recipient of the Press Club of New Orleans Scholarship, the Public Relations Society of America Multicultural and Diversity Scholarship, and the freshman honor scholarship. Goddard was part of the team that won awards for the second best college radio station and Best TV Station in the South at the Southeast Journalism Conference.
Heckmann is a kinesiology fitness and human performance major. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and is captain of the nationally ranked Lionettes dance team. She has also been named to the President’s List and is Sweetheart of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Loupe, a kinesiology major, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Gamma Beta Phi, Delta Omega Alpha Pre-Professional Society, and Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization. She is also a member of the Biology Undergraduate Society, Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement and the Kinesiology and Health Sciences Club. She has been named to the President’s List, Deans’s List and the Thirteen Club.
Hinson is a kinesiology major. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List.
Loyacano is an elementary education major. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the Order of Omega. She has served as a Lions Connected Mentor and a 2016 Orientation Leader, where she received the Spirit of Orientation Award.
Archote is a business management major. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, where he serves as president. He is also a College of Business Ambassador and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He has received the Outstanding Freshman Male of the Year award, the Greek Man of the Year award, and is a Green ‘S’ Award recipient.
Bankston is a computer science major. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Order, where he serves as president. He is a member of the Order of Omega, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and is Beau of Alpha Omicron Pi. He is the recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award and was listed in 2016 Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Bourgeois, a marketing major, is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He is a Student Government Association Senator and Excel Scholar. He served as a 2014 Orientation Leader and a 2015 DSA Leadership Ambassador. He is the recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
Martin is a management major. He is a member of Alpha Psi Omega and has been named to the President’s List. He appeared in Southeastern’s theatre production of “Encore, Encore!” and directed a scene from the play “Raised in Captivity.” Martin is Beau of Gamma Beta Phi.
Wylie, a kinesiology major, is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He has been named to the President’s List every semester and is a member of the three-time intramural basketball championship team.
Leto is a political science major. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, where he serves as vice-president. He is also a member of the Order of Omega, a DSA Leadership Ambassador, and served as the SGA Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. He was named Outstanding Freshman Male of the Year in 2015 and is the recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award.
Rogers, a marketing and management major, is treasurer and Junior Founding Father of Pi Kappa Alpha at Southeastern. He served as a 2015 Orientation Leader, a DSA Leadership Ambassador and as an SGA senator. He is also a recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award.
For additional information about Southeastern Homecoming events, contact the Alumni Association at (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM or visit www.southeastern.edu/homecoming.