Lucas Martinez and Jemma Arbuckle have been crowned the 2022 Homecoming royalty for Oklahoma Christian University.
The crowning occurred on Saturday, Nov. 5, between the season-openers for Oklahoma Christian basketball.
Arbuckle said she was surprised when the announcement came.
“People told me they thought I would be queen, but I didn’t really think it was possible,” Arbuckle said. “Payton and Taylor are incredible girls, and I thought any of us would be deserving.”
Martinez said he did not see his crowning coming either.
“I did not expect it, but I am incredibly thankful for the honor,” Martinez said.
Both representatives elaborated on what this honor means to them.
To Martinez, being homecoming king means he represents Oklahoma Christian.
“It means I represented Oklahoma Christian and its values, its morals,” Martinez said. “It means my peers saw me as a leader and worthy of being Homecoming king.”
To Arbuckle, it represents the theme of this year’s Homecoming: legacy.
“Oklahoma Christian has a long legacy of incredible people being named king and queen,” Arbuckle said. “I am so humbled to be a part of that group.”
On the basketball side, the lady Eagles won their match against the York University Panthers 89-53. Men’s basketball also won their game against the Warriors of Sterling College, KS, with a final score of 81-50.