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SWOSU Homecoming Winners Announced


One of the most-attended Homecoming celebrations ever took place October 10 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, and winners of the various competitions have been announced.

Madison Murphy of Grove and Karch Bullard of Edmond (Christian Heritage Academy) were crowned Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of the SWOSU football game. Murphy was sponsored by Residence Life, and Bullard was sponsored by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

At the parade, SWOSU’s Society of Women Engineers/Society of Manufacturing Engineers won first place and $1,300 in the float competition for the fourth straight year. Eta Iota Sigma won second place and $800, and the Department of Education finished third and won $500. 

The prize money was sponsored by the SWOSU Student Government Association and several Weatherford financial institutions. 

In the marching band contest, Oktaha High School was named the outstanding band in the high school competition for the fifth straight year and won $250 from the SWOSU Student Government Association. The parade featured 26 bands this year. After the parade, the 1,500 plus high school students performed in a mass band at Milam Stadium before the SWOSU football game.

Other band winners were:

  • Junior High—Chisholm Junior High, first place.
  • Class A—Apache High School, first place.
  • Class 2A High School—Snyder High School, first place; Waukomis High School, second place; and Corn Bible Academy, third place.
  • Class 3A High School—Oktaha High School, first place; Sayre High School, second place; and Sperry High School, third place.
  • Class 4A High School—Clinton Junior High/High School, first place; Weatherford High School, second place; and Kingfisher High School, third place.
  • Class 5A High School—El Reno High School, first place; Lawton Eisenhower High School, second place.
  • Class 6A High School—Lawton High School, first place.

SWOSU Cookoff Challenge winners were Department of Education, first place; Kappa Epsilon, second place; and (tie) Communication, Art & Theatre Department and Travis Martin, third place. The challenge featured exotic/game food items.

The SWOSU Career Services Office and New Student Orientation won the staff/faculty contest with its office display. 

And, in the Battle of the Bulldogs, the overall winner was the Student Government Association. SWOSU student organizations spent the week raising money for charities by participating in various activities.

The day ended with a spectacular fireworks show following the SWOSU football team’s victory over East Central, 38-31. Also, earlier in the day, the SWOSU volleyball team won its third straight match by defeating Arkansas-Monticello.