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King and Queen crowned at Homecoming Convocation

October 16, 2008 12:00AM

Homecoming Queen Patricia Condiff with Homecoming King Skannd Tyagi.

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I'm really excited and really honored. It's the queen. What bigger honor is there?" "
~ Patricia Condiff, 2008 PSU Homecoming Queen
eds of Pittsburg State University students braved a drizzly afternoon to vote for the 2008 Homecoming King and Queen during the 2008 Homecoming Convocation, held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Carnie Smith Stadium and Brandenburg Field.

Skannd Tyagi, of Kolkata, India, was named King, and Patricia Condiff, of Broken Arrow, Okla., was crowned as Queen.

"Make some noise and let me know if you're happy to be freezing out here with me!" shouted comedian Eric Blake, who entertained the crowd while their votes were tallied. He was greeted with loud cheers, showing that students' spirits weren't dampened by the rain.

After introductions by Blake and others, along with the singing of the National Anthem by Queen nominee Paresa Tafreshi, two of last year's winners took the stage to announce this year's King and Queen. Cherrelle Jones and Jon Eastman drew applause as they announced the successors to the PSU throne.

Tyagi, a senior in computer science and commercial graphics nominated by Alpha Sigma Alpha, is the first international student in Pitt State history to be named King or Queen.

"I was pretty surprised I won, because I haven't heard of any international students winning this before," Tyagi said. "I'm very thankful to the people who supported me."

Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters surrounded Tyagi after his win and sang their sorority's anthem.

Patricia Condiff, a junior in music education from Broken Arrow, Okla., said her win came as a shock. This was the first year her music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota, nominated someone for queen.

"It's finally starting to sink in," Condiff said. "I'm really excited and really honored. It's the queen. What bigger honor is there?"

The first and second attendees to the King and Queen were also announced. Melissa McDonald and Jason Landrum were named second attendees, while Melissa Skelly and Anthony Truong were honored as first attendees.

Ed Wirthwein, assistant director of campus activities, said the turnout was on par with past Homecomings despite intermittent rain.

"This was almost all full," said Wirthwein, pointing at the west bleachers at Carnie Smith Stadium. "Everybody's a little wet, but it worked out just fine."

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