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Fulda’s Pagel crowned University of Minnesota Homecoming Queen

October 4, 2013

Kirsten Pagel received a gold rose at the University of Minnesota Homecoming Coronation held on Saturday. The gold rose indicated that she had been chosen as the 2013 Homecoming Queen. She has been a candidate for Homecoming Queen since mid-April.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Submitted Photo
FULDA FREE PRESS/Submitted Photo
Kirsten Pagel received a gold rose at the University of Minnesota Homecoming Coronation held on Saturday. The gold rose indicated that she had been chosen as the 2013 Homecoming Queen. She has been a candidate for Homecoming Queen since mid-April.
Kirsten Pagel


By Norma Dittman

Fulda Free Press staff writer



Kirsten Pagel, a 2010 graduate of Fulda High School, and daughter of Mike and Theanne Pagel, was crowned the 2013 Homecoming Queen at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Pagel is a senior majoring in Agriculture and Food Business Management. She grew up on a hobby chicken farm just outside of Fulda. Kirsten spends a lot of her time perfecting her 90 degree chair step with the Pride of Minnesota Marching Band in which she is a trumpet player. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Sandra Bullock movies, popcorn, and impersonating Sarah Palin.

The Homecoming Royalty candidates were nominated by various organizations on the campus. Nominees are then required to fill out an application form that lists four essay questions about why they want to run, what skills they possess, their most memorable experience at the University and an issue that they would advocate for on behalf of the University.

Candidates are interviewed and five women and five men are selected to become the Homecoming Court.

During the fall season, the Homecoming Court participated in many activities including visiting with Minnesota State Fair goers at the University of Minnesota building and participating in Welcome Week Events.

Welcome Week is held for incoming freshman each year with many events designed to help get students involved and acclimated to the college and college life.

During the past Homecoming Week, Pagel participated in pep fests, a campus-wide service day called ThankU, a blood drive, and alumni Awards Celebration. There were also some students competitions held. Participating in all of the activities earned points for the candidates of the Homecoming Court.

Included in the activities was another interview for each candidate and a college-wide election. The king and queen are selected based on this, along with their points that were earned from participation activities.

The 2013 Homecoming King, Justin Schlitz, Prior Lake, MN, and Queen Kirsten Pagel, Fulda, were “crowned” in a ceremony at McNamara Alumni Center on the University Campus before the Homecoming football game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

During the coronation, University President Kaler spoke and even Goldy Gopher was in attendance!

Prior to the crowning, each candidate was given a gold box with a rose inside. The girl and the guy who opened the boxes that contained a Gold Rose were the king and queen.

Following the coronation, the Homecoming Royal Court went to TCF Bank Stadium for the game. During the halftime routine presented by the University of Minnesota Marching Band, the king and queen and their royal court were announced.

Pagel is in her third year as a member of the trumpet section in the band.

The football game ended in disappointment as the Gophers lost to the Hawkeyes.

Pagel and Schlitz will now act as Ambassadors and stewards of the University of Minnesota, attending institutional events, participating in Support the U Day (lobbying Day) and attending alumni events when asked.


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