Crusaders enjoyed a fun-filled homecoming week with Race for the Gold competitions, skits, lanterns, and a win against Belhaven University.
Homecoming week kicked off with a tank giveaway and early morning yoga at Luther Memorial on Monday. The day continued with Race for the Gold events: three-legged soccer and balloon juggle. The night ended with Lanterns and Lily Pads, a new homecoming event where students lit paper lanterns in Burt Pond.
“[Lanterns and Lily Pads] was so serene, and a much-needed night during a stressful week,” said junior mass communications major Felicia Suominen.
Tuesday continued with more Race for the Gold events and ended with Taste of Belton, where students sampled eats and treats from Belton restaurants.
On Wednesday, students participated in a mechanical bull contest on King Street and then went to various church small groups.
The fun continued Thursday with Giant Jenga on King Street. In the evening, students enjoyed a Cru-Toon-themed Stunt Night.
The freshmen skit was a long lost episode of Spongebob Squarepants, where Sandy misses her home at UMHB, so Spongebob and the gang try to cheer her up. The sophomore’s skit followed Timmy Turner of The Fairly-Odd Parents on his first day as a sophomore at UMHB. The juniors’ portrayed how Pebbles and Bam-Bam from The Flintstones first started dating at the University of Mary Hardin-Boulder. The seniors ended the night with their skit featuring Scooby-Doo and the gang as they track down who stole the diplomas from the Alumni House.
After watching skits, students headed to the Hoco Hoedown on King Street. The hoedown had food trucks and live music by the Hunter Rea Band.
On Friday, students answered trivia questions at the Trivia Challenge, while alumni reminisced about their life at UMHB at the “When I was Here” Alumni Mixer. Students and alumni gathered Friday night to watch the Stunt Night skits. During intermission, the homecoming court was introduced.
Senior exercise sports science major Matthew McVey and senior nursing major Kristin Cherry were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
“It’s a blessing honestly,” McVey said about winning Homecoming King. “Two years ago I would have never thought this would have happened. I’ve made so many friends and built relationships. I’m blessed to be here.”
Next came the announcement of the Stunt Night awards. Best Song and Dance went to the senior class. Best Costumes went to the junior class. Best Comedic Moment went to Gary, the snail. Best Actress was awarded to junior Schyler Malloy as Pebbles, and junior Ben Roark won Best Actor as Fred Flintstone. The senior class was awarded Audience Choice.
Malloy was thrilled to win Best Actress and that the juniors won Judge’s Choice.
“I’m so excited that we really pulled this off,” Malloy said. “I have so many new friends and a trophy. It’s pretty exciting.”
Roark was also excited about winning Best Actor.
“I love using funny voices and bringing life to fun characters. So, it was cool to be awarded for something I love doing.”
The junior class took home the biggest award of the night —Judge’s Choice. They will now have a patch on the alumni quilt.
“It’s like a dream come true. To have that achievement after all the work that’s been done is just great,” junior class co-director Shelby Posten said.
Roark said that his class hadn’t won any Stunt Night awards before now, which made the victory even sweeter.
“My class had a rough history with Stunt Night. Whenever we won, it made all the frustration, sweat, and tears worth it.”
Everyone went to the Alumni House for a free dessert party and carnival after Friday’s activities.
And on Saturday, students, alumni and fans watched the Cru beat Belhaven University, 45-7.