On Friday, March 12, the 2021 Mount Union Homecoming Royalty were crowned.
In a small event by the large Mount Union sign facing Union Avenue this year’s Homecoming Court lined up and waited in anticipation as the previous King and Queen, Logan Cooper and Haley Crews, passed their crowns onto next year’s royalty. Homecoming Royalty went to Jason Bowman and Allison Cipalla.
“I love Mount Union,” Allison said, “and I love to portray that for other people and be a spokesperson for everything the University has done for me.”
Both Jason and Allison are heavily involved on campus, be it Greek life, the music department or other extracurriculars. The Royalty are both in the honorary band service fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi and serve as Raider Guides, with Jason also being a Raiders Rise Peer Coach and a Jumpstart Guide and Allison being a preview guide. As far as Greek life is concerned, Jason is a brother of Sigma Nu and Allison is a sister of Delta Sigma Tau. Additionally, Jason is involved in C.H.O.I.C.E.S and Raider Student Media, in which he has his own radio show, Mister Bowman’s Neighborhood, which airs Monday nights from 10 to 11 on 91.1 WRMU. Allison currently has a job as a substitute teacher as part of her student teaching.
With the two students now being royalty, they now have quite some power to them, so they were each asked what their first royal decrees would be. Jason said that he wished he could get rid of student loans but realized that task would be more of a post-graduation issue.
“So, I guess my first decree” Jason said, “is to make my radio show a required listen for every class on campus.”
Allison took her role as Mount Union royalty as a way to reach the student body on a personal level.
“It’s not a royal decree it’s statement” Allison shared, “saying that if you ever need me, I’m here to help. I’ve always stressed that I’m a resource for people.”
Allison ran for homecoming court so she could be that person for someone at Mount Union, just like someone was for her. A few years ago, a band friend of Allison’s was on homecoming court and told her that someday she would be on court too. That person inspired her in her senior year to run.
“It made me think that I could and I did.” She said, “That’s another thing Mount Union did for me. It’s given me confidence in myself.
Jason’s has grown as an individual over the past four years as well.
“I decided to run because one thing that I’ve learned during my Mount experience is that you should make the most of every opportunity presented to you.” He said, “it was exciting that when compared to my high school days, I thought I possibly had a chance, and somehow I was able to make it onto the Court, and eventually got the title of royalty, which is such an exciting thought.”
With all being said and done, it is important to remember that like the rest of us, Jason and Allison are still just students. All members of the homecoming court should be proud of their accomplishments. No two people on the court were the same and that’s what makes Mount Union exceptional.
Jason and Allison both encourage students to be confident and apply for homecoming court when given the opportunity.
“No matter what happens, it’s still a fun experience that helps you really put to words just how opportunity-filled Mount’s campus is,” Jason said, “Running for Homecoming Court helped me to see how the organizations I am a part of have helped me to build upon my own personal leadership skills, which helped push me to submit my application for the Court which was an awesome decision to make!”