The homecoming bonfire began around 9:45 p.m. and many of the attendees had just finished practice just before the event began. The pallet pile burned bright and fast, causing the Winfield Fire Department to rush in and put out the quick spreading flames. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)The top five women for homecoming queen were announced at the bonfire. This took place towards the beginning of the event, right before the celebrating began. The homecoming king and queen will be announced during halftime of the football game this Saturday. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Brianna Claires, psychology sophomore, and Brennen Roubique, business sophomore,  show some peace at the bonfire. Athletes from every sport attended the bonfire celebration. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Keyshawn Wyatt, business junior, sneaks near the fire to ease the bite of the chilly evening air. Keyshawn is a part of the football team that will be playing against Friends University this Saturday for homecoming. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Mike McCoy, athletic director, gives a speech about homecoming to a crowd of excited athletes.  His speech raised excitement for the carious games happening on campus during the week. This week there will be Pink Out games for the men and women's soccer teams.  (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Bryan Kilpotric, business senior, and Sheldon Hawthorne, accounting senior MC at the bonfire. They presented the top five men and women homecoming candidates for homecoming court. These two bantered with each other through the night, generating many laughs from the crowd. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Morgan Graves, biology junior, Manuel Gonzales, kinesiology senior, and Adam Hernandez, business freshman stand near the dim embers of the fire. These three are often seen running around campus and around town as a part of the cross country team. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

By Taylor Rodriguez
Staff reporter

Students of every year, sport and major showed up to the annual homecoming bonfire last night. MC’d by Bryan Kilpotric, business senior, and Sheldon Hawthorne, accounting senior, the student body enjoyed the night of fun, friends and dancing. There was even an appearance made by the Jinx mascot.

Mike McCoy, athletic director, gave a speech encouraging everyone to go and support the men and women’s soccer teams during their Pink Out games. McCoy also wanted everyone to go and support the football team this Saturday in their battle against Friends University.

Following the excitement of McMoy’s speech, Kilpotric and Hawthorne announced this years’ homecoming court. Further voting will take place outside the Java Jinx this Thursday and Friday. For more information about the candidates and voting, click here.

Many other events for homecoming will take place throughout this week. This includes a spelling bee, dodgeball, window painting and much more. Be sure to keep an eye out for the festivities.

Builder football will kickoff on Saturday around 1:30 p.m. and your homecoming king and queen will be announced during halftime.