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October 14, 2021

Ten candidates for SIU 2021 Homecoming court announced

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Ten Southern Illinois University Carbondale students are seeking to become the 2021 homecoming royalty.

The top two candidates will be crowned during the halftime of the football game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Saluki Stadium. Online student voting for the crowns took place Oct. 11-14.

The 2021 court

The ten finalists, chosen by committee following interview, listed with majors and hometowns, are:

  • Emily Buikema, a political science major with history and paralegal studies minors from Rock Falls, Illinois.
  • Brandon Goede, a business management major from Maroa, Illinois.
  • Majesty Gunn, an exercise science major from Chicago, Illinois.
  • Taylor Hartke, an agricultural communications major with a minor in agribusiness economics from Teutopolis, Illinois.
  • Chloe Leonard, a physiology major with chemistry, forensic science and psychology minors from Springfield, Illinois.
  • Josef McKee, a double major in wildlife biology and conservation from Earlville, Illinois.
  • Lalo Munoz, an electrical engineering major with mathematics minor from Beardstown, Illinois.
  • Isaiah “Rashawn” Overton, an electrical and computer engineering major with mathematics minor from Rock Island, Illinois.
  • Chelsey Varela, a criminology and criminal justice major with forensic science minor from Centralia, Illinois.
  • Claire Waldon, a civil engineering major with mathematics minor from Horn Lake, Mississippi.

To qualify as a homecoming court candidate, a student must be an undergraduate junior or senior in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA.

The complete schedule of events and additional information about homecoming festivities is online at

Emily Bulkema

Brandon Goede

Majesty Gunn

Taylor Hartke

Chloe Leonard

Josef McKee

Lalo Munoz

Isaiah “Rashawn” Overton

Chelsey Varela

Claire Waldon