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Andrew Garrett, a senior from Benton, is Tech’s 2021 homecoming king. Majoring in political science and music Garrett is also a member of the Tech band and is only the second homecoming king in Tech’s history.
“To me, being named homecoming king is an honor and a privilege, especially considering how involved and impactful my fellow court members are around campus. I also think it is evidence of how interconnected our student body is. The whole experience has really strengthened my love for my campus community,” Garrett said.
Garrett was nominated by Sigma Alpha Lota even though he is not a member of the international music fraternity. He has been actively involved with the music program throughout his time at Tech, filling leadership roles and interacting with several campus organizations. He is also a member of the Prelaw Society at Tech for the past two years and serves as the event coordinator.
“Our first king, LaBrian Phillips Jr., and I had a chance to meet and speak following the crowning ceremony; I am very excited to fulfill my duties and continue this awesome tradition,” Garrett said.
The role of the homecoming king is to represent not only the spirit of the student body but also the ideals of the university.
“I am looking forward to returning next school year to crown the 2022 king just like LaBrian did for me,” Garrett said.
This year, Garrett’s goals for school include performing well in classes and scoring well on the Law School Admittance Test. After graduation, he plans on attending Bowen School of Law in Little Rock.
“My campaign strategy was pretty underwhelming, compared to what it could have been, I would say,” Garrett said. “I made one social media post and received several online endorsements from classmates and friends, and the rest is history.”
Garrett is still humbled that so many students voted for him and is very thankful to them.
“In my last semester at Tech, I hope to make more connections within the student body and give back even more to my Tech family,” Garrett said.
His favorite thing about Tech is “that it has facilitated meaningful and impactful relationships between students and faculty. I will always cherish it, and it has equipped me with the academic criteria I will need to become a fully contributing member of society. Tech has given me the tools I need to give back to my community and state, and for that, I will always be grateful,” he said.
In his free time, Garrett likes watching Netflix, playing board games with friends, and spoiling his cat, Cece.