Meet your 2014 Homecoming Court

Alex Camalich

Campus: ASU Polytechnic

Year: Junior

Major: Air Transportation Management

Hometown: La Paz, Mexico

Alex is involved in the Programming and Activities Board, First Year Success and University Housing

Alex said his favorite Homecoming memory is “As an off-campus freshman student, Devil’s Royale of 2011 was the event that got me to meet amazing people who encouraged me to become involved and later become a student leader!”
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When asked why he chose to become a Sun Devil, Alex replied “When I explored career options, I had no idea what I wanted to do. It was when I visited ASU for the very first time and learned about the aviation programs that I knew that was what I wanted to become. Ever since that first visit, ASU has been so welcoming and a home for me!”

When asked how he demonstrates his Sun Devil spirit, pride, and tradition, Alex replied with “I bleed maroon and gold through everything that I do. I show my Sun Devil spirit through my commitment to involve everyone I meet; my pride by participating and engaging in numerous events; and my tradition by knowing the history of my institution. Through all of my current and previous roles within the University, I always talk about everything that ASU has to offer! I feel like I have become a reliable resource for anything and everything ASU!”

Jillian Duran

Campus: ASU Downtown Phoenix

Year: Senior

Major: Journalism and Mass Communications

Hometown: San Diego, California

Jillian is involved in the Emma Bowen Foundation, Alpha Chi Omega, Programming and Activities Board, Culture @ ASU, Order of Omega, Lyres Lifters, National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Association for Women in Sports Media.
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When asked what her favorite Sun Devil Homecoming memory, Jillian responded with: “Taking pictures with my roommate and fellow Downtown representative, Brittany, at the photo booth at Poly’s casino night last year!”

Jillian said that she chose to become a Sun Devil because, “I first started looking into ASU because of Cronkite’s reputation. When I visited, I knew it was where I wanted to be and I cancelled all my tours at other schools.”

Jillian shows her spirit, pride, and tradition in these ways. “I show my Sun Devil spirit by wearing maroon on Mondays, gold on Fridays, and attending all the ASU sporting events I can! My ASU education is at the top of my resume because I am proud to say I am a Sun Devil, and I show my Sun Devil tradition by whitewashing the “A”, participating in Lantern Walk every year, and guarding the “A” during rivalry week.”

Colin Gallacher

Campus: ASU Polytechnic

Year: Sophomore

Major: Engineering Management

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona

Colin is involved in the Programming and Activities Board and LDSSA

Colin said that his favorite Homecoming memory is “Helping the announcers at the 2013 Homecoming Parade.”
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Colin chose to become a Sun Devil because: “Arizona State University allowed me to receive a quality education while taking care of my aging parents.”

When asked how Colin shows his Sun Devil spirit, pride, and tradition, he responded with, “On Friday’s I wear gold!”

Brittany Garcia

Campus: ASU Downtown Phoenix

Year: Senior

Major: Social Work

Hometown: San Diego, California

Brittany is involved in Programming and Activities Board (President of Downtown location), WOW Factor, Social Work Student Organization, and Phi Alpha Honor Society.

When asked what her favorite Sun Devil Homecoming memory was, Brittany replied, “Attending Lantern Walk my freshman year. Walking up A mountain, watching the ceremony, singing the fight song, and seeing the A light up with my fellow Sun Devils all made my first Lantern Walk an experience that I will never forget.”
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Brittany chose to become a Sun Devil because “I chose to become a Sun Devil because I fell in love with the Downtown location, the school spirit across all four locations, the academic programs for the School of Social Work and Barrett, the Honors College, and the endless opportunities that ASU provides its students.”

When asked how she shows her Sun Devil spirit, pride, and tradition, Brittany stated. “I show my Sun Devil spirit, pride and tradition in many ways. For one, I wear maroon on Mondays and gold on Fridays! I also go to as many sporting events as possible and proudly sport ASU gear. Aside from wearing our colors and supporting my fellow Sun Devils, I participate in the Programming and Activities Board so I am able to help continue ASU traditions and encourage spirit and pride through the various activities that we host for students.”

Emma Hopson

Campus: ASU Tempe

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing, minor in Sustainability and certificate in International Business

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Emma is involved in Kappa Alpha Theta, Devils’ Advocates, Barrett, The Honors College, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, Golden Key International Honors Society, W.P Carey Facilitator Program, interned with Sun Devil Athletics and currently intern at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Emma’s favorite Sun Devil Homecoming memory includes, “My favorite Sun Devil Homecoming memory is one that I will never forget. It was my freshman year at the lantern walk. I was still feeling a tad homesick as college freshmen (especially out of state students) tend to feel and was having a hard time going outside my comfort zone and getting involved. It was when I was on top of A mountain, looking at the A lit up surrounded by my fellow classmates that I realized I had a world full of opportunities at my fingertips while I attended ASU.”
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When asked why she chose to become a Sun Devil, Emma responded, “I chose to become a Sun Devil because I wanted to challenge myself. I graduated with 68 other students in my class and though I am extremely proud of the place I am from, I knew I had more growing to do. I knew ASU would be the perfect fit as there are so many opportunities to be had and so many people to meet. With the exceptional faculty that ASU has and the sense of community I felt when visiting ASU for my first time, I knew this was the place for me. “

Emma shows her spirit, pride, and tradition by, “I try to show myself Sun Devil spirit, pride and appreciation for tradition by serving the mission and living the spirit of the University in my everyday life. I find fulfillment in getting involved on campus, volunteering in the community and being a leader in and outside of the classroom. I have been able to pass along my love for ASU by giving tours on campus and facilitating two freshman business courses. These experiences have allowed an outlet for me to explain the rich history and traditions of ASU and everything that this university offers as well as ways to get involved to make their ASU experience a memorable one

Alyssa Napuri

Campus: ASU West

Year: Senior

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Bayside Queens, New York and Aliso Viejo, California

Alyssa has been involved in the Residents Hall Association- Executive Director, Sun Devil Marching Band, National Residence Hall Honorary- Chapter of the Sun Devil, Chair of the Programming and Advocacy Committees, Member of Spectrum- the LGBTQ Organization at West, Co-Chair of the Arizona Residential Leadership Conference, Hispanic Honor Society, University Housing, Pitchfork Awards, Chair of the OTM Selection Committee, Chair of the Recognition Committee, Student Orientation Leader, Changmaker Central and the Disability Resource Center.

Alyssa’s favorite Sun Devil Homecoming memory is “My favorite memory of Homecoming would be the first Homecoming Week I had participated in. I transferred to ASU my sophomore year, and Homecoming 2012 was the first opportunity that was presented for me to go from West to Downtown to Poly and then Tempe. Through the experience of going to each different location, I felt connected to the University in a way that was outside of the football games, but instead connected the “smaller campuses.” It was then that I truly understood what “One University, Many Places,” model meant to all of the students. Since then, I have attended every Homecoming Signature Event that has occurred. “
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When asked why Alyssa chose to become a Sun Devil, Alyssa stated, “My Sun Devil Story starts at San Francisco State University, where I started my collegiate career. I felt as if my educational needs were not being met or cared about, and I desired to have peers that were proud to be a part of the school and the education that would be deemed as valuable by graduate schools. It was that year that I attended my first ASU Football Game in the Inferno and was able to experience the school pride that I had been yearning for. Throughout High School I had been a member of the marching band and I knew, once I saw the SDMB at the football game, what the first group I wanted to join was. That was also the moment I knew I had to go to ASU, it was just a matter of how and when. I did my research, found out about the WUE Program, and was determined to transfer as soon as possible. After applying I gladly found out I was accepted the week of my 19th birthday, and I could not have been happier. During my time at SFSU I participated in the campus RHA and was glad to know, upon my arrival at ASU, that West had an RHA. I applied to be a Hall President to represent my fellow residents, and from there my leadership began and free time happily ceased to exist.

Alyssa shows Sun Devil spirit, pride, and tradition by, “I show my Sun Devil Spirit, Pride and Tradition by participating in most, if not all, ASU traditions. I am a Sun Devil that attends not only football and basketball games, but one that participates in different initiatives such as Consent Week, Homecoming, Welcome Week Events, Devilpalooza and more. Along with that I make sure to bring advocacy initiatives across the University, work within the Big 5 to speak for students, and engage smaller organizations and students who might be too afraid to participate in programs or events. Plus, as a student I work to achieve academic success, aid my peers in their success, and promote scholarship. Through these actions, I believe I show a different aspect of Spirit, Pride and Tradition outside of any or all positions I hold on campus.”

Elizabeth Perry

Campus: ASU Tempe

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Holbrook, Arizona

Elizabeth is involved in Chi Omega, Camp Kesem, Body Project, The Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute, and Leadership Scholarship Program

Elizabeth said that his favorite Sun Devil Homecoming memory was, “My junior year of high school I came to ASU’s homecoming parade and block party with my family for an event called Devils in Training. I was blown away by the spirit of the ASU students and the amount of opportunities that were available at ASU. After the block party my parents and I watched the homecoming game and I got to see the student section cheer on our football team. They were all so enthusiastic and seemed to really love their school. I always look back on this memory and smile because it was the day I decided I wanted to be a Sun Devil.”
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Elizabeth chose to become a Sun Devil because, “I chose to become a Sun Devil because I wanted to go to a university where I could do anything and I know that at ASU the possibilities were endless. I wanted to be a part of a university where I could really make a difference in my community and I knew I could do that at ASU.”

Elizabeth demonstrates his spirit, pride, and tradition by, “I show my Sun Devil pride by always being actively engaged in our university and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. I have leadership positions in the organizations of which I am involved and I am always looking for ways to leave my community better than the way I found it. I love when I get to go back to my home town and talk about all of the work I am able to do here at ASU and the impact that I am able to make. ASU has provided me with such a wonderful opportunity to change the world around me and I can’t help but share that with people. I take every opportunity to share my experience here at ASU with my family and community back home so that they can share in the pride I have in our university.”

Alvaro Salcedo

Campus: ASU West

Year: Senior

Major: Spanish Literature and Communication in Technology and Society

Hometown: Williams, Arizona

Alvaro is involved in Camp Solera, Student Orientation, Sponsorship Chair for the 2014 Arizona Residential Leadership Conference, Director of Hispanic Honor Society at ASU, Conference Staff for Devils Convention at ASU West, Fall Conference Assistant for the American English & Culture Program Residential Life at ASU West, Director of Business Administration- Residence Hall Association, Director of Public Relations- Undergraduate Student Government, Vice-Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, Peer Advisor for the College of Letters and Science.

Alvaro says his favorite Homecoming Memory is, “One of the things that I love is that every day during homecoming week there is always something to look forwards to. But the one favorite memory has to be going on a slide holding hands with my RHA Advisor Stephanie Valentino and My now roommate, Alyssa Napuri. This happened during the 2013 Sparky’s Top Carnival. Ever since that moment we bonded more with our advisor who has become one of my best friends. Homecoming is that time of the year that brings all of the sun devils together.
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When asked why he chose to become a Sun Devil, Alvaro responded with “The reason why I became a Sun Devil was just because I love the idea of getting all of the benefits from a large university with the benefits of a small community. I have taken this to the point that I have taken classes at all campuses while building community and friendships that will last a life time. Additionally, I choose to be a Sun Devil because it was that opportunity to be away from my family and grow as an individual and a leader, as well as been roughly close to home.”

Alvaro demonstrates his Sun Devil spirit, pride, and tradition by stating, “First thing that comes to mind is by wearing Maroon on Monday, Gold on Fridays and promoting students engagement through the Sun Devil Way. Now, the way I welcome new Sun Devil at every orientation is a way to promote student involvement, the way I celebrate our most important times of the year – it's all part of what's so great about ASU. I am big on tradition and spirit here at ASU-West, and I take a lot of pride in our community and the rich, century-long history the University has that lays on the small young campus.. Focusing on focusing on those who are include and not who are exclude is a way to promote the spirit, pride, and tradition. I always knew Sun Devil to enjoy every moment as I have done, all the way from the first Family Weekend to your last Homecoming game, I'll never stop being a Sun Devil.”