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Press play at UNK: Lopers show their pride at Homecoming

Emma Bond and Ethan Ciancio were crowned as royalty. Photo by Shelby Berglund / Antelope Staff

On Sept. 28 the Loper Programming and Activity Council hosted the annual lip sync competition and homecoming coronation at the Health and Sports Center. The night welcomed UNK students and the community to come together and get excited for homecoming. 

The night began with the highly anticipated lip sync battle where teams embraced the homecoming theme “Press play at UNK.” They showcased their talent and school spirit while competing for first place. 

“I love watching the groups put together the lip sync,” said Zoie Jacobsen, LPAC homecoming co-chair. “It’s fun watching how much effort they put into it.”

Teams dressed as various video game characters such as PacMan, Just Dance, Wii Sports Minecraft and Super Mario Bros characters. 

The winners announced for the lip sync competition were Sigma Phi Epsilon, Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Lambda Beta. The entertainment also included performances by the dance, cheer and wrestling teams. 

 At the event, LPAC announced their scholarship awards to Zoie Jacobsen and Carolyn Zamora both members involved in setting up the event.

“It’s been very chaotic, especially with the early coming of (Homecoming), but it’s been a lot of fun,” Jacobsen said. 

Zamora said she also enjoys being a part of LPAC and scheduling homecoming events.

“The members are really helpful,” Zamora said.

Ethan Ciancio and Emma Bond were crowned as the 2023 Homecoming king and queen. Both were voted in as candidates representing the LPAC organization.

“Ethan and I have been a part of LPAC since we were freshmen,” Bond said. “We have done a lot of LPAC things together and it’s really cool to go through this experience together.”

They said they were grateful to have this opportunity to represent UNK. 

“It was a great surprise,” Ciancio said.

The other candidates included Jonah EagleFeather, Katie Cornelio, William Otte, Daylee Dey, Ben Crocker and Kayla Nunnenkamp. 

Ryan Held, UNK football coach, attended the event and amped up students to support the Loper homecoming football game. Also in attendance was the emcee, Austin Jacobsen, announcing the event and emphasizing Loper school spirit.

Photos by Shelby Berglund, Traeton Harimon and Kosuke Yoshii / Antelope Staff

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