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RECAP: Homecoming celebrates many as royalty crowned, two student organizations win Homecoming Olympics

After a year and a half of waiting, graduates of the class of 2020 gathered for an in-person commencement ceremony on the University of Arizona Mall on Nov. 5. The ceremony was held during Homecoming Weekend this year after the original ceremony in May 2020 was canceled as the pandemic raged. 

Homecoming was a time for various student successes as Homecoming King and Queen were crowned and two student organizations emerged from the Homecoming Olympics victorious.

Anna Rose Quinn, a senior business management student at Eller College, and Deip Sekhadia, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, were crowned Homecoming King and Queen Friday night, Nov. 5, following the Bear Down pep rally.

All University of Arizona students had the opportunity to vote for Homecoming royalty. The nominees for Homecoming King included AJ Aguilar, Bryce Galus, Noa Nishizawa, Sava Radakovish and Deip Sekhadia, and the nominees for Homecoming Queen were Julia Cavallaro, Julia Epstein, Ellie Griffin, Ketzalli Lopez and Anna Rose Quinn.

Quinn and Sekhadia both expressed a deep gratitude for their nominations and wins, telling the Daily Wildcat about their admiration for fellow nominees and appreciation of the Bobcats Senior Honorary and Mortar Board, the groups which made Homecoming possible.

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“Being nominated for Homecoming Court alongside so many amazing, brilliant individuals is an honor,” Quinn said. “I am so grateful for the amount of love and support that I have felt in my journey. ‘Once in a lifetime’ could never begin to encompass this experience. [The UA] has a special place in my heart forever!”

Sekhadia, in addition to a deep respect for his fellow nominees, felt honored to be able to represent different groups on campus that meant so much to him.

“Being able to represent engineering majors, residence life, South Asian Americans on campus and pre-health students felt very rewarding and very eye opening,” Sekhadia said.

Sekhadia also shared the school spirit and enthusiasm expressed by Quinn.

“Definitely, I'd say the highlight of my college experience.It was the perfect way to begin ending stuff in senior year even though I have another semester left,” Sekhadia said. “It was a very rewarding week, and just a very, very great time to celebrate [the UA].”

The Homecoming Olympics also made winners of students on campus. Arizona Cheerleading emerged victorious from the in-person olympics, earning 1,570 total points. The winners of the virtual olympics were the members of the UA Filipino American Student Association. 

Any student organization could compete in these olympics, which spanned three days and included contests like a balloon toss and sponge relay, capture the Wilbur and Wilma and a mud tug.


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Updated November 30, 2021