For the third consecutive year, the women of Gamma Rho are Oklahoma Christian University Homecoming champions, with their club’s theme, “Blest be the tie that binds.”
The 2018 Homecoming winners were announced Nov. 3 amidst basketball games and activities centered around this year’s theme, “Oklahomecoming,” which coincided with the fall production of the musical “Oklahoma!”
Anna Dindak, Gamma’s homecoming director, said planning homecoming was stressful at times but ended up being a dream.
“I had so many wonderful girls who were so willing to help and it gave me the opportunity to get to know each one of them a little bit better,” Dindak said. “It is incredible to have the thing I’ve been planning since this summer and working toward for the past several weeks finally happen. I could not have done it without the help of all my sweet Gamma girls.”
This year also marked Gamma’s 40th anniversary as a social service club. Dindak said having so many alumni back on campus for the anniversary made the weekend even more special.
“It was an added group of people who love Gamma as much as we do, who were cheering us on the whole way,” Dindak said.
In second place were the men of Chi Lambda Phi, while the women of Iota Kappa Phi placed third. This year was also special for Chi, as they celebrated their 20th year on campus.
Paige Arter, Gamma Rho’s homecoming representative, said she watched her club put in the effort for this year’s homecoming.
“We were there until 3 a.m working one morning,” Arter said. “It’s our senior year, so we love to go out with a win. It was a really great time, and I loved every minute of it.”
In between the women’s and men’s basketball games, the homecoming court was presented and the king and queen were announced.
Senior Rachel Parrett was crowned this year’s homecoming queen. Parrett is studying family science/human development and vocational ministry, while working on campus as the freshmen girl’s advisor. She is the president of Iota Kappa Phi and was one of the 2018 Earn Your Wings directors.
“I’m honored to go to this university,” Parrett said. “I’m just really thankful for my time here.”
Senior Ezra Emerson was crowned the 2018 homecoming king. Emerson is a senior marketing and management major from Mount Vernon, MO. In addition to being the president of Chi Lambda Phi, Emerson serves at Oklahoma Christian as a Welcome Center guide and was a 2018 Earn Your Wings director alongside Parrett.
“It feels good,” Emerson said. “I’m really excited to represent Oklahoma Christian, and I’m really excited for Rachel winning queen. She’s one of my best friends.”