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To promote inclusivity and emphasize our focus on cause-based platforms, we've made changes to Homecoming Court. Learn more.

2020 Homecoming Royalty

First Place: Andrew McCaffrey, sponsored by the GERMAN Club. His platform is Knockout Cancer with McCaffrey.

Second Place: Moj Nourbakhsh, sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta. Her platform is Education Matters with Moj.

Third Place: JC Cepillo, sponsored the Filipino American Student Association. His platform is Project PUSO with JC.

Introduction to 2021 Homecoming Court

Parker Barrett
In the US higher education, 80% of underprivileged students don't graduate in four years. This includes the first gen, working class, undocumented, LGBTQ+, underrepresented, and underserved. Coming from an working class, undocumented, and underserved background I have seen that many student organizations lack inclusivity and equality for these groups. With our campaign, we will work with student affairs to create handbooks and workshops for all student organizations to teach the importance of DEI and to create equal opportunity for underprivileged students to get them into meaningful leadership roles in our community and to bridge the gap between the privileged and underprivileged. They are people too!
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Slogan: Break free with Bryan
JC Cepillo
Mental health has always been something near and dear to my heart. I have had my own journey with mental health and it was not until college when I had free resources like the Cook Counseling Center to seek out help. I have been in dark places and felt so alone. I do not want anyone else to have to experience that or ever feel alone in what they are going through. Mental Health can often be a silent battle. I want to use my platform to speak up and break the silence. Mental health can be challenging during college and I want people to know that there are resources out there to help them. Also during this past year living in a pandemic, I think we have all come to realize that all of us have mental health and it is something we all need to tend to, in order to stay healthy. Suicide rates have risen during the pandemic as it has been a very isolating time for many people. I want to make people feel supported, that they are not alone, they are valued, they are needed in this world, but most of all that their story isn’t over yet. 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: Your Story's not over with Kat
Camryn Cook
As I take a look back at my college experience, there were many people who have come forward to me personally in regards to them being affected by domestic violence and not going to the proper authorities as they were rightfully afraid. My mission is to abolish that fear that people have about coming forward to the proper authorities. My organization and I work year after year to raise money for the New River Valley Women's Resource center that is directly combating the problem that I am so passionate about. I have learned so much by volunteering with the women's center and how important the issue of domestic violence is and will try to shed light on that issue within college campuses specifically. 
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Slogan: Speak up and Speak out with Moss 
Laura Fortune
With my platform Inclusivity is Key with Sara B. I want to  elevate our inclusivity efforts on campus by further educating students and faculty & staff about disabilities, the resources available, how to make classroom learning more accessible, and ways we can advocate for one another. It is imperative that all education at Virginia Tech is accessible and that every student feels included. It is my hope that going forward, all students with disabilities will feel included in and out of the classroom, and know that there are resources available to help them thrive in college.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: Inclusivity is Key with Sara B.
Wadel Goyol
 My platform will bring awareness to middle school kids  about eating disorders and provide them with resources if they are struggling with one. In addition, I will promote body positivity starting at a young age!  Adolescents need to be taught that their self-worth is more than a number on a scale! 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: Body Balance With Ball
Seth Herndon
Coming from a family of refugees who escaped the Vietnam War, I understand the lack of equitable opportunities for generational advancement, specifically in refugee and immigrant communities. My platform will be the first step in unifying campus, focusing on creating relationships between every Hokie regardless of background. The commonality of the American Dream unifies us all, and I believe that together, as a community, we can make it achievable for all. Although we may consider home across the globe, this platform will ensure every Hokie knows This is Home.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: Catching Dreams with Caitlin
 
Jules Jones
Raise awareness for the severe lack of access to quality maternal healthcare in rural Haiti by partnering with the small non-profit Midwives for Haiti which empowers women by training locals to be skilled birth attendants in their communities.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: Making Strides for Haitian Midwives
Katie Leeper
I am working to promote accessibility technologies to students, especially the ones on campus. There are so many resources available to make your college experience work for you, all you have to do is advocate for yourself!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: MIA, Make It Accessible! 
Andrew McCaffrey
Camp Kesem is a national organization that supports children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer. With innovative and creative programs, Camp Kesem fosters a lasting community to ensure that every child impacted by a parent's cancer is never alone.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: Making Kesem Magic with Grace Mun
Moj Nourbakhsh
A campaign focused on bringing awareness to eating disorders on college campuses. After dealing with my own struggles concerning disordered eating as well as hearing stories from so many people in my life, I knew this was a topic that needed to be addressed on campus and I can't want to educate others and show that all bodies are good bodies!
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Slogan: Breaking Scales with Barker