Miss Homecoming 2017 info coming soon! Check out the 2016 candidates below.
Leah Bostany is a biomedical sciences major from Birmingham, Alabama. Omicron Delta Kappa nominated her for Miss Homecoming. She says her favorite Auburn tradition is Hey Day. Check out her platform:
“I fell in love a couple of summers ago, alongside the rest of the Auburn Family, with an ambitious group of second graders at the New Schmid Elementary School in Chicago. I remember vividly the pride that swelled in my heart as I watched a viral video of these seven-year-olds recite the Auburn Creed, whose second stanza best articulates my life’s passion: “I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely, and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.” My sense of pride in those second graders is rooted in my own journey to higher education. From a young age, I have witnessed in my own family and hometown the need for early reinforcement of self-worth in children, which translates into lifelong love of learning plus huge leaps and bounds in pursuit of their full potential. Since the release of this video, thousands of Auburn students and alumni have developed an appreciation for the higher education we may take for granted, but halfway across the country from Chicago, the children of Auburn’s surrounding areas would greatly benefit from the same encouragement. I know this because I’ve witnessed their needs firsthand, through my mentorship of first-generation college students and at-risk youth alike in my campus involvement.”
“If chosen to represent Auburn University as a candidate for Miss Homecoming, my platform would consist of two parts: increasing awareness and raising funds. Through my campaign, I will bring attention to the risk factors that influence youth to withdraw from school and factors that otherwise prevent them from pursuing higher education. Some of the biggest risk factors for underserved youth are inaccessibility to advisors who can help them apply to college, and a lack of resources that reinforce their formal schooling at home. Bringing awareness to these issues will allow the student body to leap into action so that together we can bring change to these circumstances. Secondly, I will raise funds and motivate others to help in order to provide more scholarships to help fund tuition, college accessory costs, and prep materials such as tutoring and ACT/SAT preparation for these students, through local organizations such as Lee County Youth Development Center. I cannot imagine where I would be today without the love and support of my parents, teachers, and mentors who not only gave me the financial tools to pursue higher education, but instilled unparalleled motivation in me during my formative years. We as students are privileged to attend Auburn and receive a quality higher education; in turn, we should extend that privilege to others in any way we can. I invite the Auburn family to Leap into action with Leah, and inspire others towards a brighter future for generations to come.”
Kelsey Guyan is a psychology major from Merritt Island, Florida. The Student Eminent Society nominated her for Miss Homecoming. She says her favorite Auburn traditions are getting lemonade from Toomer’s before a game and Hey Day. Learn about her platform:
“My platform for Miss Homecoming is based on promoting the importance of having both a healthy and positive body image. Having personally had experience with the consequences of unhealthy eating habits and the repercussions of what it can do to one’s overall confidence, I know that it can be overcome. I would love to have the opportunity to show women and men at Auburn that it is okay to not be “magazine” perfect and that the value of one’s self is not narrowed down to a number. One of the main points that I would want to get across to the students on campus is that there are people who are willing to help them along every step of the way. I want to tell others that having a problem whether with eating or how one views themselves is not something to be ashamed of. Student counseling services on campus not only has counselors that are trained in dealing with eating disorders and depression, but they have paired up with the medical clinic to create specialized eating disorder teams to combat the problem that so many of our young men and women face. I also want to emphasize that eating disorders and negative self-esteem do not discriminate. Both men and women are experiencing the negative effects of what having a low self-esteem can do, both mentally and physically. Many chase the illusion of what is presented in magazines; however, what is normally overlooked is the fact that those images are rarely ever without extreme photo shop edits. Eating disorders can range in severity, but the important part to note is that whether small or large, an impact is an impact. It is my goal to help those get help before a small problem turns into a life-threatening one. I believe that the more this issue is talked about, the more it can be dealt with. I also strongly believe that implementing support groups for those who are going through struggles with their bodies and for those have overcome eating disorders is a crucial aspect to the potential change that Auburn’s campus could hold. My platform is to not only discuss the severity of harm that eating disorders and body-issues bring to college campuses all over the country, but to bring change and actual help to the Auburn men and women who so deserve the support from their peers to make the change from unhealthy and unhappy to positive and healthy.”
Kate Hardman is a nursing major from Birmingham, Alabama. Chi Omega nominated her for Miss Homecoming. She says her favorite Auburn traditions are the eagle flight at home games and call outs on Cater Lawn. Read about her platform:
“Every year, over 27,000 children in America are diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. These children will spend more than a decade in and out of hospitals fighting for their lives. Make-A-Wish serves a vitally unique role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening conditions. In 2015, Make-A-Wish granted nearly 14,800 different kids wishes. They have an ambitious vision to reach every eligible child, every year. Right now, they are over halfway there and need help to move even closer to that vision. The vision is not just about a number – it is about the real lives and the very real impact wishes can have on those lives. “Wish” kids say the experience of their wish being granted brings back the hope and the ability to fight harder to combat their illness. “Wish” parents say their family bonds are strengthened and repaired. Medical professionals overwhelmingly believe that these wishes enhance a “Wish” kid’s overall health. They believe wish granting is an important adjunct to medical treatment. Medical professionals observe their patients feeling better and complying more readily with treatment protocols once they experience their wish come true, proving why this vision and cause is so important. These children deserve a childhood. It is my hope to bring awareness to the numbers of childhood terminal illnesses and show Auburn’s campus how wishes can help restore children’s hope and strength. As a campus we can make a difference in these children’s lives. We can see them come to college and pursue their dreams. As a nursing major, whose dream is impacting these children through pediatric oncology and ICU nursing once I graduate, this is my here-and-now impact. As I am working to attain the skill set and knowledge to help these children regain their childhood as a nurse in the future, I can impact their lives right now by bringing awareness and raising money to grant their wishes. Since coming to college, my love for the Make-A-Wish foundation has grown. Each year I have become more involved from raising money, to revealing a wish to a child, and now serving as philanthropy chair in my social sorority – a position where I get to share my passion for Make-A-Wish with our chapter. Working hand-in-hand with Make-A-Wish Alabama has opened my eyes to the true impact this organization has on these children. My heart is burdened for these children, and I know it is the call upon my life to serve them both now and in future.
Maggie Smith is a human development and family studies major from Atlanta, Georgia. The Catholic Student Organization nominated her for Miss Homecoming. She says her favorite Auburn tradition is anything related to the Auburn University Marching Band. Check out her platform:
“My platform is Baby Steps. Originating from the passion and heart of a woman in our community, the vision for Baby Steps is a nonprofit home for college women in Auburn who are pregnant – many finding themselves feeling like they must choose between their baby and their education. Baby Steps will empower these women to be able to choose both their baby AND their education while being surrounded by a loving and supportive community. Baby Steps will provide a stable home environment amidst a somewhat chaotic time in these women’s lives. It will also provide maternal and infant materials as well as courses about child development, childbirth, nutrition, budgeting, and many other areas. Baby Steps would be meeting a need that is currently not being met in our college communities across the country. While many universities offer medical resources, the support usually dissolves there leaving women unsure about what to do once their baby is born. Few universities offer a home of support and empowerment for women both in pregnancy and after childbirth. Both infant and maternal health can be deeply affected either negatively or positively during pregnancy and during the first year of the baby’s life. Baby Steps can provide this positive influence and instill confidence in the women’s abilities to be a successful parent, student, and ultimately professional. Baby Steps is still in the developing stage and currently needs funds and awareness to jumpstart the opening of the home. I have a deep passion for both family and educational opportunity and for the loving mission of Baby Steps. Therefore, I believe a homecoming campaign is the catalyst needed to allow this organization to make a significant impact on our campus and in our community!”
Victoria Starks is a nutrition science (pre-medicine) major from Auburn, Alabama. Alpha Delta Pi nominated her for Miss Homecoming. She says her favorite Auburn tradition is rolling the Toomer’s Oaks. Learn about her platform:
“Once in a blue moon, we find ourselves in a season of life that shatters us and reconnects the pieces of our former self with perfect intention…stitching the fibers of our broken soul back together with beautiful threads of wisdom, tenacity and a newfound appreciation for life.”
“For me, unfortunately this season of life came at the inopportune age of thirteen, when in the fall of 2008, life as I knew it came crashing down around me. In September I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, in October I underwent my first extensive treatment surgery, in November my father passed away from a sudden heart attack, and in December I began my first radiation treatment to battle my disease. My family and I had simultaneously fallen victim to the two leading causes of death in the United States: Heart Disease and Cancer. These two diseases alone account for over 50% of all premature deaths in our nation, taking well over a million lives annually.”
“To speak on only one of these diseases is to tell only half of my personal story; it was the combination of the two that illustrated to me that we, as a nation, as a community, and as a campus must say enough is enough. Although my family wasn’t fortunate enough to dodge this growing statistic, I know that so many others can be. If given the incredible privilege to run for Auburn University’s Miss Homecoming, I will spend my week celebrating victories over heart disease and cancer, spreading awareness of ways that we as students can proactively combat these diseases for ourselves and for our loved ones, and raising money for the Magic Moments Organization, which has an extremely special place in my heart.”
“The Magic Moments Organization is an overwhelmingly amazing local non-profit that creates “magic moments” for children across Alabama with various chronically life threatening medical conditions, many of whom have diagnoses of cancer and heart disease. Magic Moments has changed the lives of over 4,200 struggling children right here in Alabama. Little did I know that I would be blessed enough to be number 4,201 when I was admitted into Children’s Hospital at UAB and filled out a magic moments request form. My freshman year at Auburn, my wildest childhood dream was granted as I received a moment that was even more magical than I could have ever imagined.”
“If there is one thing that I learned in this time of darkness it is that the heart of the Auburn family beats as one, in times of happiness, we rejoice with one voice, when one of us hurts, we all feel the pain and when we join hands we are truly capable of moving mountains. The Auburn Family cultivates a culture of compassion, sincerity and selflessness that is undoubtedly unparalleled. This is why I believe that with the support of the Auburn Family I would have the ability to give back in insurmountable ways that I alone could only dream of.”