NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Homecoming is a week-long event with pageantry and tradition. It is also a time to see old friends as plenty of alums come back for the festivities. Also, the week sees the crowning of Mr. and Ms. TSU.
For Tennessee State softball players Lindsey Burgess and Carionna Hassell, the week has not been just about going to the daily events, showing recruits around on official visits or preparing for the Alumni Softball Game, to be held on Sunday. The week has also been about the two being honored as a part of the festivities.
Burgess was named Ms. Ford after the encouragement from residence hall director to represent her apartment complex.
“I thought it would be fun,” Burgess said. “I have been trying to get more involved with the school. And it is a great way to represent softball.
Hassell was selected as Ms. Rudolph as she beat out five others who ran for the honor.
“I just wanted to be in the parade and wave,” Hassell said. “I did not know I had to run a campaign. My mom wanted me to step outside my comfort zone so I decided to branch out a little bit.”
The two began the week as a part of the coronation of Mr. and Ms. TSU and presented the two with gifts.
The week will end as they will ride along as part of the parade and the football game on Saturday evening.
“I was a part of the parade during my first two years,” stated Burgess. “Our team walked part of the route. But I don’t feel that our team is really that well known, so I wanted to see if we could get a little more recognition.”
For Hassell, it is a new venture.
“I am looking to take on the challenge,” the sophomore commented. “It is something new. It will be my first time representing something else besides my team.”
“We are really excited and can’t wait,” the senior from Palmdale, Calif. summed it up for herself and Nashville native, Hassell.