By: Dakotah Jones
Homecoming is a time to remember the ones who paved the way for Illinois College and to celebrate what it means to be True Blue. All of the events that take place throughout the week only add to the exciting buzz that goes through the campus. There are the dance, the parade, the sports events, but there’s really one thing that always gets probably the most attention: Homecoming Court. What’s Homecoming without a King and Queen? This year’s King and Queen representatives are Melissa “Mel” Solorio, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois and Logan “Flyin Hawaiian” Uyetake, of Hilo, Hawaii! Both were chosen because of how they uphold the IC name in a respected manner, and push to ensure its future. When I asked Uyetake how he felt about winning, he said, “Being king is an honor here at Illinois College. I hope to represent IC as best as I can because I feel like now, more eyes are on me and I have to uphold a certain stature and set a good example around campus.” Solorio, when asked the same question, said, “It means to me that I am someone who they chose that is considered to be a leader on campus and someone who can represent this school with pride and True Blue Spirit.”
Both Solorio and Uyetake are very involved in the school and hold a few leadership roles. Uyetake said, “I’m a receiver on Blueboys football team, a Resident Assistant and I have a job in the computer lab.” Solorio said, “I am on the Women’s Basketball Team, the Recreation & Leisure Chair for SAB, a Connections Leader, a member of the literary society ‘Gamma Delta’ with my position being the Homecoming Float Chair (who took 1st place for the parade), a Student Ambassador, Vice President for PE Club and I work in the weight room.” It’s no surprise that both of them are top performers in whatever it is they’re doing. Their school spirit shows because of the pride they take in each position they hold.
The golden question is always, “What’s the best part of Homecoming here at IC?” Solorio and Uyetake agreed on one thing, it’s really hard to choose. Solorio said, “My favorite part about Homecoming this year was definitely Follies. Each year that I have gone, the Emcee’s always keep us entertained with their hilarious jokes (Way to go Courtney, Erin & Jessica), Lauren Estes & Lauren Mense did a great job of starting off Follies with Mike Niederbrach. The talent at IC was phenomenal. Everyone who participated did an excellent job and I loved each and every performance.” Uyetake said, “It’s so hard to choose, but I love the football game. Getting to play for the ones who did it before us is such an honor, the atmosphere is great and getting the win was a huge bonus.” On behalf of the student body, we congratulate both Mel Solorio and Logan Uyetake again!
Dakotah Jones, Opinions Editor, Junior 18’. From Brielle, New Jersey. Majoring in MOL W/ Marketing, Minor in English. Football Team, SAAC, Writing Center