CONCORD UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES 2012 HOMECOMING
ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University celebrated 2012 Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 6 with a festive day on the Athens campus and triumph on the football field.
Alumni, students, faculty, staff and other friends in the Concord community packed the stands at Callaghan Stadium for the 2 p.m. kickoff. Temperatures hovered in the low 50s on the overcast autumn afternoon that turned to sunshine in the game’s second half as the Mountain Lions brought the crowd a Homecoming victory. Concord outdistanced the Glenville State Pioneers 14-9.
During a pre-game ceremony, members of the 1962 and 1987 football teams were recognized for their 50th and 25th reunions respectively. Both teams were conference champions.
The Mountain Lion Pride Marching Band offered a salute to U.S. veterans with a rendition of “America the Beautiful” followed by the national anthem and also entertained at halftime.
Concord University’s 2012 Homecoming Royalty, crowned in a halftime coronation ceremony, are Zoya Naumchik from Galloway, Ohio, a native of Belarus, representing the International Club, and Jason Brackett from Shepherdstown, W.Va., representing Mu Xi Phi.
First runners-up are Jennifer Fox from Fayetteville, W.Va., representing Delta Zeta and John Davis from Martinsburg, W.Va., representing Sigma Tau Gamma.
Second runners-up are Catherine King from Roanoke, Va., representing Sigma Sigma Sigma and Josh Hanna from Nettie, W.Va., representing Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia and Dr. Marjie Flanigan, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, took part in the coronation along with Concord’s 2011 Homecoming Royalty Shannan McKnight representing Delta Zeta and Robert Vess Furey representing Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Other candidates for the 2012 crowns are: Bailey Gillespie from St. Albans, W.Va., representing Alpha Sigma Alpha and Brandon Brown from Iaeger, W.Va., representing Chi Omega Psi; Heidi Smith from Parkersburg, W.Va., representing Alpha Sigma Tau and Sam Dobson from Bluefield, W.Va., representing Phi Sigma Phi; and, Cherish Hall from Lewisburg, W.Va., representing CU Elite Dance Team and Richie Smith from Oak Hill, W.Va., representing Pi Kappa Phi.
Concord University’s 2012 Homecoming Royalty are Zoya Naumchik from Galloway, Ohio, a native of Belarus, representing the International Club, and Jason Brackett from Shepherdstown, W.Va., representing Mu Xi Phi.
Concord University Photo by Lance McDaniel