Every year, the Homecoming candidates are chosen by Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) who are allowed to choose up to 10 percent of their total membership to be nominated. Those chosen must be seniors who have above a 3.0 GPA. Once the candidates are chosen, the nominees are sent applications.
“Names are not included in the applications that are then sent to the judges,” said Lendi Bland, faculty adviser for Service, Patriotism, Understanding, Responsibility and Sacrifice (SPURS). “Judges are selected by SPURS members from ESU faculty, staff and alumni and usually number between 4-7,”
According to the “ESU Homecoming Royalty Process,” the application form asks for a list of leadership positions, honors and awards and includes four questions about life at ESU. This application is then scored by the chosen judges, who rank the six areas from one to five, and the five females and five males with the highest scores become the candidates.
The candidates are then interviewed by the judges who rank them in order from one to five for females and males, and also the student body votes for one male candidate and one female candidate. The candidates are then ranked from one to five based on the number of votes.
In order to be winner, the total scores from the applications, interviews and votes are counted and the candidates with highest scores for male and female wins.