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Tech bops its way through Jukebox Homecoming

The Tech community bops its way through Jukebox Homecoming celebrating the 89th year of the event with weeklong activities, ending with the parade and football game against Jacksonville State University on Saturday.


Jerry Keeton, coordinator of student activities and campus life, said two new activities were added this year.


“The pep rally is the newest thing we are bringing back this year and the pride day,” Keeton said.


Tech Activities Board introduced TN Tech Pride Day on Thursday on Centennial Plaza. Members of the TAB handed out T-shirts, a DJ played music, and the Golden Girls Dance Team, the cheer team and Awesome Eagle performed.


Other events included the banner contest on Monday, Battle of the Bands air band contest on Tuesday and the canned food drive on Wednesday.


Additionally, TAB is reintroducing the Homecoming Pep Rally at 5 p.m. today in The Hoop for the first time in four years. Competing organizations perform the fight song, a sideline cheer, and a mini routine in hopes of winning the pep rally award.


Campus organizations compete in homecoming through a point system. Keeton said teams gain points through member participation at events and competition placement.


Saturday’s events include the homecoming parade and the football game against JSU. At half time, Mr. and Miss TTU are scheduled to be crowned and the winners of homecoming are scheduled to be announced.


Six male and six female candidates take the field Saturday, representing their campus organizations in hopes of becoming the 2019 Mr. and Miss TTU.


“I have never received more support in my life than during my time as a Golden Eagle! Tech is my family,” homecoming candidate Chad Yonge of Kappa Sigma, said.


Keeton said homecoming builds a sense of leadership, teamwork and family.


“I have grown up being a Golden Eagle, and being a Tech student has helped me to grow into the person I am today,” homecoming candidate, Brookland Gordon of Phi Mu, said.


Organizers expect around 10,000 to attend the parade which steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.


The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Marc Burnett, Vice President of Student Affairs, who is retiring at the end of this fall semester.


The route starts at the former Hobby Lobby running north on Dixie Avenue and ending on Stadium Drive.


The 5-4 Golden Eagles take on the 6-4 Gamecocks of JSU beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Tucker Stadium.


“Tech has been my home for over 20 years. I have grown up being a Golden Eagle, and
being a Tech student has helped me to grow into the person I am today,” Brookland Gordon of Phi Mu.
(Photo provided by Brookland Gordon)



“Tech signifies families. I would say this university has placed me in a better position in
life not only academically by physically and emotionally. I have never received more
support in my life than during my time as a golden eagle! Tech is my family. Never give
up, always keep your wings up.” Chad Yonge of Kappa Sigma.
(Photo provided by Chad Yonge)








“Tech means so many different things to me. Tech means friends, family, and fun. I’ve
learned and experienced so much here that it’s hard to decide what the most
meaningful part is. For that reason, Tech will always be a special place for me!” Hunter Collins of Mu Phi Epsilon.
(Photo provided by Hunter Collins)
“Tech has prepared me and opened up a door to a world of many great possibilities for
my future, I hope it does the same for many others. Tech is a home, a home that I take
great pride in. As I graduate soon, continuing to see the time-honored traditions occur, and the care for others I want Tech to help students as much as this university has helped me,” Tenille Williams of Delta Phi Epsilon.
(Photo provided by Tenille Williams)
“It means family. Everywhere I go I know I’ll be treated with care whether that’s friends,
advisors or professors learning can be tough but with the staff, Tech has hired, they
make it so much easier. Tech means so much to me and goes so much further than just
school. It’s home to me,” Brett Hutto of Sigma Chi. (Photo provided by Brett Hutto)
“To me, I’d like Tech to mean unity. At the end of the day, I’d like for it to mean that we’re
one big family despite our differences. I’d like it to represent students all across the
board, both those that are a part of well-known groups as well as those that are underrepresented,” Jessica Oliver of TTU Women’s Volleyball.
(Photo provided by Jessica Oliver)
“Tennessee Tech is my home. It has small-town feel with opportunities that have
allowed me to grow as a person. It was an honor to be an orientation assistant and see
all of the incoming students find their home like I have,” Blake Horton, Sigma Phi Epsilon.
(Photo provided by Blake Horton)
“Tech means everything to me. It is the place where I found out who I am as a person, it
has provided me with a multitude of opportunities that have molded me, and it is the place filled with people that make it feel like home,” Jorja Gust of Alpha Delta Pi.
(Photo provided by Jorja Gust)
“It is the opportunity to make more of yourself. With it either being learning a new skill or
making friends that will last a lifetime. Tech has everything you could ever ask for to grow as a person it allows you to enjoy the college experience,” Luke Garner, Pi Kappa Alpha. (Photo provided by Luke Garner)
“Tennessee Tech means a place I can call home. It has tested and challenged
me beyond belief, but with the friends, I have made it has allowed me to become
my true self! I love the family I now have in Cookeville, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!” Corinne Cheatham of Delta Gamma.
(Photo provided by Corinne Cheatham)
“I’m a third-generation Tennessee Tech Student. I’ve grown to love it in my own unique
way because of the community and environment it fosters. My dad was the first Grissom to go to Tech for Mechanical Engineering. He passed away from brain cancer this August during week of welcome. It may have seemed like I rushed into coming back to campus, but in truth, this is where I feel closest to him. I have a newfound love and admiration for this university,” Macy Grissom of Kappa Delta.
(Photo provided by Macy Grissom)
“Tech is my home away from home! This university is so special to me because I have
been able to make so many memories and connections throughout my 3 years here. I love everything about Tennessee Tech, and I’m so grateful that I get to call it home!” Brady Hancock of Phi Gamma Delta.
(Photo provided by Brady Hancock)