The Homecoming King, Queen and Court represent UMass Amherst with honor, integrity and ample school spirit. In addition, they are student representatives at UMass Amherst signature events and are among the university’s most prominent student leaders. This year’s Homecoming Queen and King are Renée Barouxis and Leo Sheehan. The King and Queen will each be receiving a $500 tuition award. Homecoming Royalty is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and the Student Government Association.
Raised in Easton, Massachusetts, Keith Lema ’14 has lived in the Bay State his whole life. Hooked on episodes of the West Wing and the Daily Show, he developed an interest in politics and public policy during high school. Keith, a junior in the Commonwealth Honors College, now studies economics and political science. Outside of the classroom, his involvement on campus would make Keith an ideal choice for Homecoming King. Keith works as a tour guide with the admissions office and volunteers his time as a member of the Student Government Association. This past year, he helped student groups access funding and assisted in planning UMass UMake a Difference, a service day for students. After two years, Keith continues to see the best that UMass students have to offer. In his free time, Keith loves to bike, hike, ski and do anything as long as it’s outside in the sun.
Noah Lurie ’14 is a food science major from Woodbridge, Connecticut. Ever since his freshman year, Noah has loved being a part of the UMass community and has become extremely involved with the university. Having the opportunity to reside all over campus, Noah has been able to learn, work and interact with thousands of different students. Noah should be selected as Homecoming King because of his strong passion, love and spirit for UMass Amherst. Since September 2, 2010, the day he arrived on campus, Noah has been an incredibly active Minuteman. Noah has been elected as House Council Treasurer for Pierpont/Moore and President of Field/Grayson, which won cluster of the year. He also had the honor of working New Students Orientation this past summer and is currently a Residential Assistant in John Adams Tower.
Leo Sheehan ’14 is a kinesiology major from Raynham, Massachusetts studying on the pre-med track. He is a UMass Campus Tour Guide and President of his fraternity, Theta Chi. Leo plans to apply to and attend medical school. Leo is in good academic standing at the university and is a very motivated and dedicated individual. He is also very involved with the Greek community and its various philanthropies. He loves to network and meet new people, which is a useful quality that any Homecoming King should have. The Homecoming Court is about promoting UMass’s interests, such as giving back to the community, which is something that Leo does regularly. Leo would like to improve student involvement in activities such as the UMass Day of Service. Leo also intends to improve the relationship between UMass students and the town of Amherst through community involvement programs.
Timothy Silvernail ’14 is a sport management major from Yardley, Pennsylvania, originally from Woodstock, New York. In Amherst, he takes great pride in working for UMass Football as a recruiting and operations intern. This past summer Timothy interned for the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the Philadelphia Phillies. The most important thing to him is family. Being the oldest of three, Timothy takes great pride in being a role model for his brother and sister. Timothy Silvernail is a great candidate for Homecoming King because of his consistent efforts to leave a positive mark on UMass. As president of his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), Timothy has worked to change the negative connotation of Greek Life by partaking in numerous community service events and leading the fraternity as a gentleman. Timothy has also been a member of numerous additional organizations on campus including The Association of Diversity in Sports, The Mullins Militia and 91.1 WMUA.
Stephanie Anjos ’14 is a junior from Worcester, Massachusetts. She is pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in Spanish and education. She should be selected as Homecoming Queen because she believes that she has displayed the level of UMass pride that would be necessary for this honor. She thoroughly enjoys going to events sponsored by RSOs on campus, and is constantly striving to be the best person she can be academically, professionally and socially. She loves this school and after a wide array of experiences and lessons, could not be more proud to represent it in any manner possible. She considers herself to be a very upbeat and spirited individual, one that almost always takes the time to put others before herself. She is delighted to take new chances and for this very reason is applying to be on the Homecoming Court.
Renée Barouxis ’14 is a junior political science major from Westfield, Massachusetts. She is also earning minors in history and women, gender, and sexuality studies and certificates in international relations and public policy. Renée is a passionate and hard-working member of the UMass Amherst community. Through her positions in the Student Government Association (SGA), she lobbies the State House for more affordable education, highlights sustainability efforts on campus, publicizes SGA campaigns and initiatives to keep others informed, provides a student voice on Faculty Senate Councils, and co-organizes special community outreach events like the UMass UMake a Difference Service Day. She worked for Commonwealth Honors College as a peer ambassador and as a communications assistant and currently holds a position as a research assistant for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. In her free time, Renée likes to hike, bike ride and answer “U!” chants with “MASS!” at sports games.
Sarah Detore ’14 is from Stoughton, Massachusetts. She is a junior studying biology, Spanish, and pre-dentistry. Coming from a small high school, Sarah was blown away by the size of UMass, but quickly learned that she possessed the ability to make a difference and influence those around her. With that in mind, she strives to improve the quality of on-campus living with her involvement in the National Residence Hall Honorary, North Apartment Advisory Board, Brown House Council, and experience working in the Brown cluster office. Sarah commits numerous hours per week towards this goal and would be honored to share it with the whole student body. Sarah hopes that by improving on-campus living, she can create a genuine sense of community and school spirit while discouraging those who continue to divide and criticize the university. If elected Homecoming Queen, Sarah could become a true representative of the student body.
Sarah Lenau ’14 is currently a sport management and economics double major from Bakersfield, California. She plays tenor saxophone and is a member of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band, UMass Hoop Band and UMass Concert Band. Each spring, Sarah has been a member of the Isenberg Out of State Recruitment Team, which aims to reach out to students who have been accepted into the business school. She currently works as a research assistant to Dr. Todd Crosset and has been researching the effect on male-dominated working groups of women working in college athletics. Sarah was recently hired as a UMass bus driver. She also serves as the president of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band service sorority. She believes that she would be a good Homecoming Queen because there are few out there with more UMass spirit than her.