Amanda Strenge and Matt Anderson named 2013 royalty
Augustana choir shouted “Hail to the king!” and “Hail to the queen!” as 2013 alumna Sanna Horsley crowned Matt Anderson and Amanda Strenge as the 2013 Augustana homecoming king and queen on Monday night.
Anderson won the title of homecoming king over Andrew Paulson, Patrick Brende, Jesse Fonkert and Kade Klippenstein, and Strenge won over Krista Youngberg, Emily Weber, Emily Grandprey and Claire Bestul as homecoming queen.
“It is all around a phenomenal group of people, and I am blessed to know each and every one of them,” Anderson said.
Biology major Anderson is involved in several student groups and activities such as orchestra, residence life as a peer advisor (PA) and Augustana Student Association as the president.
“Augustana has been such a great home for me these last four years, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunities Augustana has presented me,” Anderson said.
The 2012 homecoming king was supposed to crown Anderson that night. However, 2013 alumnus Dylan West could not make it to the coronation night due to a job interview.
2012 homecoming queen Horsley shares more than just a royalty title with Strenge. They are also soon to be sisters-in-law when Horsley marries Strenge’s older brother, Augustana alumnus Adam Strenge (‘09).
“The fact that my brother Adam was king five years ago, and Sanna was queen last year is one of the coolest things for the Strenge family,” Strenge said.
After the coronation ended, Strenge posted a picture of her and Horsley on Instagram with the caption, “my future sister-in-law crowned me.”
“She could hardly get the crown on me because she was shaking and had tears in her eyes,” Strenge said. “Sanna and I have such a strong relationship, and I have always adored her and admired her passion for Augie.”
Strenge is majoring in philosophy and English and is also involved in several student activities. Strenge is a PA, tutor at the Writing Center, sings in choir, dance committee in Union Board of Governors and participates in chapel music.
“Amanda and Matt are two well-respected and loved people on this campus,” fellow nominee Krista Youngberg said. “They represent what Augustana is about and love the community. I am excited to spend the rest of the week with them as much as I have enjoyed the last four years with these two amazing people.”
The Viking Days royalty committee, led by juniors Abby Jensen and Mikayla Becker, planned to do the coronation at Karras Park, Augustana’s baseball field. However, due to the rain and wind, the ceremony was moved to the Elmen Center where it is traditionally held.
“About a week before, it [the weather forecast] said 60 percent chance of rain and we still didn’t give up hope,” Becker said. “Then the night before it said 90 percent chance of rain.”
Becker and Jensen said they had confirmed to have the coronation ceremony on the baseball field since the beginning of September.
“We had put a lot of time and effort into moving the ceremony to the baseball grand stand,” Jensen said. “Since it was moved inside, we did not have the ‘wow’ factor we were hoping for.”
Despite the disappointing weather, Jensen said that the ceremony went smoothly and as planned.
Ole Stock kicked off the coronation night. Blue and gold decorations filled the Elmen Center gym, dining services served Augie Bowl, students promoted groups on campus and a caricaturist drew faces and children played with balloon swords.
When the lights in the Elmen Center were dimmed, homecoming guests sat down, and the coronation began with the procession of royalty. Homecoming king and queen candidates were introduced and stepped onto the stage.
Following president Rob Oliver’s welcome speech, the audience surprised him with a birthday song for his 60th birthday.
Strenge and Anderson said that the coronation ceremony was an “absolute blast, wonderful, classy and organized.”
“I love Viking Days, because students, faculty, staff and alumni come together to celebrate our great college. It was great to see the week start off with such fanfare,” Anderson said.