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A Night in Monte Carlo: USFSP’s 2018 Homecoming Dance

As students filed into the University Student Center, they were greeted by flutes of sparkling grape juice. The University of South Florida (USF) mascot, Rocky, was waiting at the base of the stairs to take pictures with students who were dressed to the nines. After posing for pictures and grabbing their juice, students headed upstairs to the ballrooms for the annual Homecoming Ball.

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Crowd favorites such as “Cupid Shuffle” and “Shout” boomed through the ballroom as students danced, ate and spent time inhaling flavored air at the oxygen bar. The oxygen bar was stocked with four different flavors of oxygen, all smelling like La Croix tastes. Inhaling the oxygen is supposed to give you more energy and clear your sinuses.

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Around 9:15 p.m., it was time to crown the Homecoming King and Queen, who are elected by the student body. There were three candidates for both king and queen, but Henry Burrows and Jadzia Duarte took home the crowns.

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“Winning Homecoming King is such an honor to me,” Burrows said. “It’s overwhelming and hasn’t really set in yet. It shows me that people really notice and appreciate how much time and work I put into this university.”

Students around the ballroom seemed invigorated by the homecoming spirit.

“I’m super excited to see Rocky walking around the dance, and I hope the DJ will play the song ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire,” Carlos Rosario said.

Homecoming week is a time for students to kick back with their friends, meet new people and celebrate the school they love.

If you’ve missed the first two events, be sure to come out for the remainder of activities.

Click here to see a full list of events and their details.

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