Eighteen SHSU students believe they should be crowned Homecoming royalty at Saturday’s football game against McNeese. Seven men and 11 women are vying for the opportunity to represent the student body as Homecoming King and Queen.King candidates include B.J. Allen, Derrick Ervin, Marc Elliot, Matt Miller, Mical Roy, Scott Weaver and Sammy the Bearkat.B.J. Allen believes he is representative of SHSU. He says he is not looking for popularity, but rather to represent the university Derrick Ervin, junior, is involved in Sigma Rhomeo Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi and Program Council. “I decided to run because it’s fun you get to be in the spotlight. I think your views get heard more when you’re in the spotlight,” Ervin said. “I’ve been here four years and I think it would be great to win. One of my fraternity brothers won last year and I think it would be cool if I won this year.”Marc Elliot, junior, has tried to set a positive example through his actions and involvements on campus. He is involved in several organizations including SGA, SAMentors, Alpha Tau Omega, Program Council and BSM. Elliot is also a co-ed cheerleader and believes he would represent SHSU’s pride and spirit as Homecoming King.Junior Matt Miller has represented SHSU in the Huntsville community, the southwest region and in national conferences. Miller would now like to represent SHSU as Homecoming King.Mical Roy would like to bridge the gap between the community and the university. “In the past, I’ve noticed that the King said what they wanted to do for the university and the community and after elected nothing,” Roy said. “I work in the community and sometimes I think the community feels shut out. I want to change that, maybe do something for Huntsville’s kids.”Senior Scott Weaver said people in the agriculture department decided he should run for Homecoming King.”I’m excited about representing the department,” Weaver said. “I think it’s kind of nice to do something different.”Weaver takes pride in SHSU and his accomplishments while on campus. He is currently the president of the SHSU Ag Mech Club, and has served on Ag Ambassador. He is also a member of Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society and a member of Golden Key.Sammy the Bearkat is well known on campus as SHSU’s mascot. He is involved in the Cheer and Mascot programs and the Criminal Justice National Honor Society.Queen candidates are Alison Gilmore, Amanda Anderson, Danielle Davison, Emily Hoyt, Emily Williamson, Kristina Tristan, Lauren Petersen, Linda Mares, Marlena Cooper, Randi Richards and Tiffany Flenoy.Senior Alison Gilmore believes involvement and leadership are important part of representing the student body. She is vice president of Sigma Phi Lambda, a four-year member of BSM and a member of Golden Key.Amanda Anderson, senior, is an active student and a member of the Wesley Foundation, Crossroads and Sigma Phi Lambda. She believes being elected Homecoming Queen would be a great honor.Danielle Davison, senior, believes Homecoming Queen should possess integrity, characteristics of scholarship and service, not just popularity. If selected as Homecoming Queen, she will work to increase school morale.”I believe that Homecoming Queen should possess traits like integrity, scholarship and service, not just popularity,” Davison said. “I’m not as well known on campus as others, but I would like to prove that you don’t have to be the most popular to be chosen.”Emily Hoyt says SHSU has brought out the best in her and would like to represent the university as Homecoming Queen. She is involved in Alpha Chi Omega and says she is a woman of upstanding character and strong faith.Junior Emily Williamson decided to run for Homecoming Queen to increase awareness of lesser-known campus organizations. “I wanted to run because I’m a member of the Ruth Lane Mathematical Society and the Texas State Teacher’s Association and I wanted to be a representative for those organizations. They are not as well known on campus,” Williamson said.Senior Kristina Tristan would like to represent SHSU because she believes you should treat others as you want to be treated and she tries to help others. “I think I would be a good representative for the school,” Tristan said.Lauren Petersen, senior, was an orientation leader and a RA, opportunities that have impacted her life and allowed her to touch the lives of others. She is also involved in Orange Keys, RHA and the Photographic Society.Linda Mares, junior, is a Bearkat Hostess and is the sisterhood chair for Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She believes she should be selected Homecoming Queen because she exemplifies what a true Bearkat should be.Marlena Cooper believes she would be a good representative for the university.”I’m involved and a people person,” Cooper said. ” I want to be a voice for the organizations that are not in the limelight and that are not as well known as bigger organizations.”I think that Homecoming is more than a game and it is more than one day. I want to leave a lasting impression for the future.”Cooper is involved in several campus organizations including PRSSA, Collegiate 4-H, National Broadcasting Society and Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity.Senior Randi Richards is a member of the Beef Cattle Show Team, Block and Bridle and Collegiate FFA. She is also president of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association Chapter.Tiffany Flenoy, junior, is involved in Program Council, SGA and American Advertising Federation. Being selected as Homecoming Queen would be the highlight of her college career and she would do whatever necessary to represent the student body and the university.Some candidates were unavailable for comment.To vote for Homecoming King and Queen, log on the SHSU’s Web site at http://www.shsu.edu, and then click on Homecoming Elections.