Twenty-one-year-old Supraja Parthasarathy and her younger brother Nathan, 19, were crowned the 2005 University of Louisville Homecoming Queen and King. The announcement came during half time festivities of the U of L-Florida Atlantic University homecoming football game Saturday afternoon.
“It was always in the back of my mind that we would get it, but I didn’t really think it was going to happen,” said Nathan, a sophomore.
Supraja, an A&S senior, admitted she was truly surprised. “I really thought it could be any of these people,” she said of the other eight people on the court. She also said she was surprised Nathan was chosen over senior members on the court.
“I’m honored that U of L chose me to represent them,” Nathan said.
Supraja, who confessed the homecoming game was the first Louisville football game she had ever been to, said, “It’s a great time for students from other organizations to meet and a great time to recognize student leaders.”
According to Natasha Johnson-Thacker, Chair of the 2005 Homecoming Committee, nearly 1,500 students voted for the homecoming candidates, an increase from last year’s voter turnout.
“I’m very proud of both of them – academically, and for what they do on campus,” said the pair’s mother Latha Parthasarathy.
Other members of the homecoming court included Laura Chai escorted by Brent Hurst, Sara Mudd escorted by Scott Lange, Renea Steele escorted by Greg Virgin, and Savannah Wall escorted by Jason Wade.