Q & A with the Q & K

WHITNEY STRAMER | THE SPECTRUM Noah Engels and Megan Michaelson celebrate being named Homecoming King and Queen at the 2014 Blue Key Honor Society Variety Show.
WHITNEY STRAMER | THE SPECTRUM
Noah Engels and Megan Michaelson celebrate being named Homecoming King and Queen at the 2014 Blue Key Honor Society Variety Show.

Of the 14,747 students enrolled at NDSU, only two can call themselves the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen. Noah Engels, a senior majoring in agricultural economics, and Megan Michaelson, a third year professional student in the pharmacy program, were voted by the student body to represent NDSU as the 2014 Homecoming royalty.

The royal announcement came during coronation following the Blue Key Homecoming Show on Thursday. That was simply the start of a eventful weekend highlighted by an appearance in the parade in downtown Fargo on Friday and recognition during the Bison football game Saturday.

The Spectrum caught up with NDSU’s newest homecoming king and queen to see how their royal week went.

WHITNEY STRAMER | THE SPECTRUM
WHITNEY STRAMER | THE SPECTRUM

2014 NDSU Homecoming King Noah Engels

What was it like to hear your name as the winner?

I was shocked. Then my mind went away from it because Hilary and I couldn’t figure out to get the sash on, and we knocked the crown off my head.

Did you expect to win?

Not in a million years. I honestly believed I had no chance. I knew the other candidates and knew how well they treated people and thought for sure someone else would win.

Do you feel like royalty?

Everyone has been so nice. So many nice compliments and positive words from people I knew and people I didn’t know. If that’s what it feels like to be royalty, than yeah, I guess I do.

What is it like to represent your nominating group and the entire student body?

It was very special for me. Student Government has changed my life. It has taught me a lot about myself and has given me experiences I’ll never forget. The chance to represent all of the great people in the organization that works so hard for NDSU was an honor.

How cool is it to have someone you know be your royalty partner?

It’s been so fun. We are both Bison Ambassadors. I have gotten to know Megan better though over the past couple days, and I can’t say enough about the kind of person she is. She’s a sweetheart who has a way with people and definitely deserves to be queen.

What has been your favorite part?

My favorite part was having all the people from my hometown rally behind me. They’ve given me a lot of love the last couple days. I love Maddock, N.D., and I will always cherish growing up in a town where I had 500 people looking out for me and always doing everything they could to help me succeed.

How was being in the parade downtown?

The parade was an experience I’ll never forget. It was so cool seeing all the alumni, students, community members and kids so excited for NDSU Homecoming.

What will you remember most about the experience?

The part that I will remember most will probably be all of the little kids who were so excited to meet us and take pictures with us while tailgating.

What does it mean to be the homecoming king/queen?

I think that for a short time, you get to be a representation of the school to all the great alumni who are coming home to celebrate a special place and a special time in their lives. To me, that’s pretty cool.

WHITNEY STRAMER | THE SPECTRUM
WHITNEY STRAMER | THE SPECTRUM

2014 Homecoming Queen Megan Michaelson

What was it like to hear your name as the winner?

The feeling was so surreal! I was very surprised when I felt the queen crown on my head, and they announced my name. I had family and friends present at the Coronation, who were there cheering me on loudly, and it felt great to have them there. I am fortunate to have been named NDSU’s Homecoming Queen 2014.

Did you expect to win?

All of the other queen candidates are phenomenal ladies! It’s been amazing getting to know them throughout Homecoming week. I did not expect to win, as they are incredible girls who are all extremely involved and make impacts on NDSU’s campus. I definitely was shocked when I found out I won Homecoming queen.

What is it like to represent your nominating group and the entire student body?

It feels great to represent the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences Ambassadors. They’ve positively supported me through the whole process, and I would like to thank them for the nomination. I’m also thankful to the student body for choosing me to be Homecoming queen. It feels awesome to represent NDSU!

How cool is it to have someone you know be your royalty partner?

It has been great! Noah and I have gotten to know each other through Bison Ambassadors, so we were excited to be able to represent our organization together. We have had an incredible time serving as king and queen together.

What has been your favorite part?

My favorite part has been meeting many Bison fans from the NDSU community. Noah and I have gotten to talk to, take pictures with and enjoy the company of people of NDSU who we may not have met had we not been Homecoming king and queen.

How was being in the parade downtown?

The Parade was absolutely amazing! Downtown Fargo is a beautiful area. Packing it with tons of Bison fans made it even more perfect. I loved all of the participation from the community and from everyone who took part in being in the parade.

What does it mean to be the homecoming king/queen?

It means the world to me. I am humbled by it all, and I’ve appreciated all of the kind words everyone has said to me. Bison Nation is the best, and I am thankful for all of the support. I love NDSU and representing all of you as Homecoming queen! Thank you to everyone who has made this week by far the best week of my life. NDSU has given me the most amazing experiences, and I will always be proud to a Bison. Once a Bison, always a Bison.

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