Homecoming king and queen get their crowning moment

Francesca Byrne and Edward Sadler were declared homecoming queen and king at the homecoming game. Photo by Sydney Stalnecker / The Jambar

By Samantha Smith

Youngstown State University’s homecoming game was Saturday, Oct. 9. During halftime, the 2021 Homecoming king and queen were crowned.

Francesca Byrne, a senior advertising and public relations major, was crowned homecoming queen and Edward Sadler, a pre-med biology senior, was crowned homecoming king.

Sadler expressed what it was like for him to be nominated for the homecoming court.

“Being nominated for the homecoming court is just a good opportunity [to] be represented by the whole Youngstown community that voted,” he said.

Byrne said the experience was an honor to be part of.

“It’s definitely a huge honor to be simply on court. Nominated by what organization you’re nominated by and to be able to represent the student body, administration and even alumni,” she said.

Like others on the court, Byrne and Sadler both took action to promote themselves to gather voters. Posting flyers, signs and talking with students around campus brought more attention to them leading up to the end of voting. Byrne said she even made an Instagram account with another homecoming court member to prompt students to vote.

Byrne explained her feelings when she announced homecoming queen.

“It was kind of a shock, I mean, to be standing up there with all these other people who are super influential in our community,” she said. “To be able to just be up there with them was amazing, then to have that moment where your name is announced is incredible.”

Sadler gave advice for future homecoming court nominees.

“Be yourself,” he said. “Don’t be too nervous. If you don’t feel like you know a lot of people, just take a chance and go for it. You never know what can happen.”