Alexander “Zan” Johnson, a senior majoring in industrial engineering, and Chimdera Nzelu, a senior majoring in nursing, were crowned homecoming king and queen during the homecoming pep rally at the Chi Omega Greek Theatre on Friday night.

Johnson is from Olathe, Kansas, and was nominated by the Volunteer Action Center.

“You know, it’s kind of surreal,” Johnson said. “I couldn’t do it without the support of the organization that nominated me, the Volunteer Action Center and just all of my friends that were there to support me the whole way.” 

Nzelu, who was nominated for the homecoming court by the Inspirational Chorale, is from Plano, Texas.

“It’s just so humbling,” Nzelu said. “I literally can’t put it into words. I’m going to tell my kids this and let them know that truly anything is possible.”

Mady Fancher, a sophomore majoring in psychology, attended the pep rally with members of the Phi Mu sorority. 

“This is my second time at the homecoming pep rally, and I think it’s a really cool way to bring our school spirit together and get hyped for our actual game day,” Fancher said. 

Johnson and Nzelu will be recognized at halftime of the Nov. 2 homecoming game against Mississippi State. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.

Zachery Sutherland is a staff reporter for the Arkansas Traveler, where he has been a staff reporter since February 2019.

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