Meet the 2022 FHSU Homecoming candidates

BY ALICIA FEYERHERM

Homecoming candidates were on the quad Thursday to answer questions and meet with students. Voting for Homecoming Queen and King opened Wednesday and closes today at noon. The voting link can be found on TigerLink.

Below are the 2022 Candidates: 

Luz Gomez and Enrique Cabrera

Enrique Cabrera and Luz Gomez

“Let’s make this Homecoming Roar!”

Luz Gomez is a senior majoring in Nursing with a minor in Business administration. She is part of the Student Government Association, Honors College, Catholic Disciples, Fort Hays Honor Society and Fort Hays Association of Nursing Students. In her free time, she likes to cheer on Kansas State University athletics and spend time with family and friends.

What has been your favorite college memory?

“Oktoberfest my freshman year was really fun. It was right before everything got shut down for COVID and it was my first big event in college. I really enjoyed it.”

Why should students vote for you?
“I’m very involved and I just feel like I kind of know students from all different areas. I don’t fall in a specific category.”

What movie/tv character do you relate to most and why?

“Not a character, but I really admire Selena Gomez. I think she’s such a  boss woman. I just really look up to her.”

What is something that makes you unique?

“You have a 98% chance of survival if I give you CPR. 

What advice would you give to freshmen?

“Be kind to everyone and get out of your comfort zone. First impressions are so important and it’s important to be kind to everyone because you’d want to receive kindness back. “

Enrique Cabrera is working on his Master of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice. He has been a member of the Criminal Justice Club for five years, serving as Vice President and Graduate Representative. He has also been involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

What has been your favorite college memory?

“Going to nationals with the Criminal Justice Club. We’ve gone to Washington, DC and went to Kansas City last year. It’s stuff like that. Just traveling around competing as a group.”

Why should students vote for you?

“I’ve worked hard for where I am right now. Especially where I began, where I was just an introvert that didn’t want to go out or do anything but sleep.”

What movie/tv character do you relate to most and why?

“I watch a lot of anime so I would say Naruto, because whenever I was a kid, I was told that I was never going to be going to college. I was told I was too dumb and too stupid. I came to college and I’ve been proving them wrong. And especially now that I have my bachelor’s and am going for my master’s.”

What is something that makes you unique?

“I published an article in the Criminal Justice Journal.”

What advice would you give to freshmen?

“Get out of your comfort zone. I would have never made so many friends if I didn’t. Just get out of your room and talk to people.”

Zoe Cooper and David Schulte

Zoe Cooper and David Schulte

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth over-doing. We just want to have fun with it.”

Zoe Cooper is a senior majoring in Tourism and Hospitality and pursuing a certificate in leadership studies. She is the president of Eta Sigma Delta, a member of Fort Hays Honor Society and on the leadership team at Encounter Young Adults. In her free time she likes to travel, longboard and hang out with friends.

What has been your favorite college memory?

Last year I got the opportunity to present  a paper over tourism in New Orleans. So that was really fun because I went with the school, and a couple of other students and we got to be there during Mardi Gras. It was really crazy, but a good experience to get scholars’ opinions on our papers.”

Why should students vote for you?

“I am very involved and very personable. I love getting to know people.”

What movie/tv character do you relate to most and why?

“A mix of Jess and Winston from New Girl.”

What is something that makes you unique?

“I have a deviated septum.”

What advice would you give to freshmen?

“Get involved. I know everyone says that, but truly find at least two organizations that you’re really passionate about or just things you’d find fun, like ceramics club or travel club and stuff like that. You might not stick with those clubs, but it will get you started.”

David Schulte is a senior majoring in Finance.  He is involved in the Finance Club, Economics Club, Alpha Kappa Psi and Student Government Association. In his free time he enjoys golfing, hanging out with friends and playing guitar and piano. 

What has been your favorite college memory?

“I went to Greece for 10 days with a group on campus and that was a lot of fun.”

Why should students vote for you?

“Students should vote for me because I feel like I represent what Fort Hays is in what I do and how I carry myself.”

What movie/tv character do you relate to most and why?

“Chicken Joe from Surf’s Up. He just kind of takes life as it comes to him. He’s really laid back. “

What is something that makes you unique?

“My fun fact is that my left leg is a quarter inch shorter than my right so I’m always at an angle.”

What advice would you give to freshmen?

“Get involved. College is really all you that you make of it. If you want to make it really great and make some really cool memories and friendships, getting involved is  the best way to do that.”

Nuria Flanders and Slater Hegling

Nuria Flanders and Slater Hegling

“Our campaign strategy is to go 110%”

Nuria Flanders is in her second semester of her MBA and this is her second year around the states as she is an international student from Spain. She loves to travel, read personal development books and work out. She is a GA for the entrepreneurship center and is passionate about helping people reach their goals.

What has been your favorite college memory?

“Every time I meet someone new, because here, you know, everything is new for me. All of my memories are the best  college memories because of the people.”

Why should students vote for you?

“It’s something different that we can offer other international students or other kinds of students that  think they don’t pertain to this group of Homecoming candidates, it can show them they can have the opportunity to do it as well.”

What movie character do you relate to most and why?

“Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me if You Can, because he does everything he can to achieve his goal. And I feel like I’m the same. I like that a lot.”

What is something that makes you unique?

“My hard work- I am always improving.”

What advice would you give to freshmen?

“I would say that they shouldn’t be shy. They should participate in everything. Don’t just go somewhere because it’s mandatory, but go genuinely and you’re gonna enjoy your college time a little bit more.”

Slater Heglin is a senior majoring in Business Education with a concentration in Talent Development. He enjoys listening to faith-based and professional development books, going to garage sales and volunteering. Servant leadership is very important to him.

What has been your favorite college memory?

“My favorite memory at FHSU has been having the opportunity to implement programs through SHRM that help students, both personally and professionally.”

Why should students vote for you?

“Students should vote for me because I am involved across campus and show tiger pride everywhere I go! Once a tiger, always a tiger!”

What is something that makes you unique?

“Something most people don’t know is that I enjoy singing and performing with my family at different events in southwest Kansas, costumes included!”

What advice would you give to freshmen?

“My advice to freshmen is to get involved across campus and get out of your comfort zone! You will never grow if you are always comfortable! “

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