UAA’s 2020 Homecoming adapted to a virtual setting

Even though COVID-19 has put a damper on everything this year, that didn’t stop UAA Student Life and Leadership from hosting a homecoming celebration this year. All the events were held virtually. Homecoming week lasted from Oct. 5-9.

This year’s theme for homecoming week was the ‘90s. The week started off with a ‘90s-themed lip sync battle with UAAfaculty and staff.

The winner for individual performances in the lip sync battle was Rachel Kelly from the Alaska Center for Conservation Science. She won with the theme song from “Captain Planet.” Captain Planet was a very popular cartoon series in the ‘90s.

The winner for the best department/office performance went to Enrollment Services with the song “Can’t Touch This” by Mc Hammer.

Another fun virtual activity that happened during homecoming week was a social media scavenger hunt. Students could win ‘90s-themed prizes and merchandise from the UAA bookstore. If a student completed all of the virtual scavenger hunt tiles by using the hashtag #uaahomecoming2020, they would win $500.

The annual scavenger hunt was moved completely online due to COVID-19. Image courtesy of UAA.

As the week wound down, UAA had a 90’s themed bingo competition. Students were given an opportunity to go to a drive-in movie to see “Hocus Pocus” at a discounted price over the weekend.

You can’t have a homecoming without a homecoming court. This year the crown of homecoming queen was given to Jessica Reisinger. Reisinger is studying pre-med and chemistry and is actively involved in the UAA community.

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When asked where she was when she found out she was the homecoming queen she said, “I was in my car picking up a package at FedEx.” Reisinger said.

Jessica Reisinger said that she was happy about receiving this award for her community outreach rather than it be a popularity contest. Image courtesy of UAA.

Since there wasn’t a big homecoming dance to reveal the announcement, Resininger found out about her victory online. She said that she found out while she was with one of her many clubs that she attends. She recounted that she was happy to hear about the win with the same people who encouraged her to consider being homecoming queen.

This year’s homecoming king is Michael Quinenz. Quinenz is an engineering student and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.