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Get to Know Your UNCC Homecoming Candidates

If you’re like us, then you only realized a few minutes ago that after walking into the student union with green and gold decorations galore that tomorrow is Homecoming for UNCC. Whoops! In honor of our incredible school spirit, we took to the homecoming bios to get some background on our 2016 Royal Court before undergoing an exclusive Q&A with the candidates. Our goal? To get to know the real candidates before the crown goes to their head. 


Homecoming King Candidates:

Byron Harris:


He is UNCC’s Byronic hero. Lord Byron is a psychology major who splits his time between his fraternity and being a Resident Advisor.

Q: What do you think is the essence of winning this court?

A: I don’t know, I didn’t sign up for this. Mom told me to be more active on campus, so here I am.


Charles McLean:


If you ever need someone to lean on, Charles is your man. Charles is the only king candidate does not smile in his picture. What are you hiding, Charles? (We approve your choice of bold red though, McLean.)

Q: If you could name a menu item after yourself, what you call it?

A: The McLean!


Daniel Watson:


Rumor had it that he is Emma Watson’s brother, but this was proven incorrect; this does not make him any less worthy of a candidate though. 

Q: If you win the crown at homecoming, what will be the first thing you do?

A: Get lit.


Estevan Torres:


Este(v)an Julio Ricardo Montoya de la Rosa Ramírez. Also, he’s a systems engineering major that has time to run for court. You go Estevan, you go!

Q: What’s your favorite show?

A: The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.


Kevin Fauntleroy:


A homeless child from NYC turned rich young aristocrat, little lord Fauntleroy is perhaps the true royalty of the court.

Q: Who’s your favorite movie character?

A: Lord Farquaad. 



Preston Bumgarner:


From Hickory, NC, we have the 828 representin’!

Q: What’s your favorite song quote?

A: “Nobody’s perfect! I got to work it! Again, and again ‘till I get it right!”


Xavier Brathwaite:


Headmaster: Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Founder of X-men.

Q: What constitutes true beauty?

A: If Chancellor Dubois and Bonnie Cone had a love child, that would encapsulate the purest form of beauty our world has to offer.


Homecoming Queen Candidates:

Danielle Papandrea:

Notable essay response on “What Does Being a Niner Mean to You?”

“Being a Niner has forced me outside of my comfort zone, making me constantly thirst for relationships, leadership and new experiences.”


If she reigns as queen, she will force you out of your comfort zone with her ~killer smile~.

Q: What is your edge over the other candidates?

A: *uncomfortable silence*


Georgina Boateng:


This sophomore is involved in way more stuff and will look more professional than you ever will after four years. Slay, Boateng clan.

Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A: Disclaimer, I’m not boating certified.


Jennifer Tisdale:

Notable essay response on “What does being a Niner mean to you?

“Being Niner means being proud of who you are as a student who lives such a unique life. When I break down the word NINER I think: Noble, Imaginative, Notable, Eclectic, and Resourceful. That is who I am.”


When we break down the name Tisdale, we think: Totally, Interesting, Sister, ‘Dat, Always, Likes, Everyone

Q: What skills will you bring to the UNCC court?

A: First, I will imprison and erase my court opponents. I will then rule the plebeians of this campus with an iron fist.


Jessie Puffer:


She might’ve lost SGA president last year, but we think it’s this senior’s time to shine.

Q: What’s your favorite fish?

A: Puffer fish!


Justice White:


Honestly, her name already sounds like a kickass heroine, so she gets our vote.

Q: What’s your favorite color?

A: It’s magenta, not white, stop asking me this question.


Justyce Watson:


Error or quirk? The “y” in Justyce is not the only thing that separates you from the other candidates!

Q: What charity do you support?

A: Doctors with borders.


Katie Bonilla:



We think Katie’s last name should be “Bonita” instead. *wink, wink*

Q: What animal would you want to be reincarnated as?

A: The North American elk.


Unfortunately, it’s too late for you to vote for king and queen of UNC Charlotte. We can’t say who will win the crowns, but we think they’re all winners and thank them for their good nature to participate in our definitely real Q&A. You could also consider going to the Homecoming game tomorrow evening and cheering on your favorite candidate. We know you won’t be there for the football. GO NINERS!

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