Last October, Hal Rivard of Wamego, Kan., and Callie Wheeler of Olathe, Kan., were named 2011 Homecoming King and Queen. Both are senior psychology majors and members of the PSU Army ROTC program. Rivard and Wheeler will both be commissioned as officers in the United States Army when they graduate this May. Wheeler will be serving as an officer with the Kansas Army National Guard and Rivard will be selected active duty and will serve as an infantry officer.
“I’m so excited,” said Wheeler after the announcement, which was made at Carnie Smith Stadium. “I am really, really honored.”
For the first time this year, PSU students voted for King and Queen electronically rather than casting paper ballots at convocation. Eva Sager, coordinator of campus activities, said the change resulted in a nearly 30 percent increase in votes over 2010, with close to 1,000 students going online to vote.
Wheeler and Rivard both come from military families and have been friends since their freshman year.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be recognized by your peers,” said Rivard. “It shows what they think of you, and that’s a really nice thing.”