Luke Lewis and Madeleine Robbins were crowned Seton Hill University’s 2017 Homecoming King and Queen on Oct. 14 by SHU President Mary Finger and 2016 Homecoming Queen Emily Hutsko. The crowning took place before SHU’s football game against Gannon University.
“It kind of felt like it was a daydream,” Robbins said. “It’s a huge honor. It reminds me of who I should be every day, when I go to class and when I’m doing stuff for Res. Life or leading clubs. It puts the mission at the front of my mind every day.”
Robbins is an English literature major with a secondary teaching certificate. She is an editor-in-chief of Eye Contact Magazine, a resident assistant and a member of the Nature Club and Respect Life. Robbins is from Harrisburg, Pa. and graduated from Bishop McDevitt, the same high school as Hutsko.
“I think Homecoming King and Queen is about the impact you make and trying to live out the mission as Elizabeth Ann Seton would be proud to see,” Robbins said. “I’m still trying to reconcile the fact that I thought this was what Homecoming Queen meant, and that people thought that about me. That doesn’t quite click to me because it’s kind of incredible that so many people at Seton Hill would’ve voted for me.”
Robbins said all the members of the court were “familiar faces.” In addition to Lewis and Robbins, the court included Sarah Carroll, Brett Cuddy, Ryan Myers, Melissa Carden, Tyler George, JoAnna Ayala, Brittany Grimm and Luigi Scognamiglio.
“It was definitely exciting and pretty cool to be part of homecoming because for one, I went to an all-guys high school (Pittsburgh Central Catholic), so we didn’t have homecoming,” Lewis said. “That was a neat experience, and it was just kind of a nice thing to see that people decided I’d be a good option for that.”
Lewis is a sports management and human resources major from Pittsburgh. He is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a Griffin Guide, student ambassador, member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the men’s lacrosse team and part of the advertisement staff for the Setonian. Lewis was paired with Carden for Homecoming Weekend, who he has known for years.
“She was very clearly one of the most excited about it and it meant a lot to her,” Lewis said. “She was fun to be with because she was just so happy to be there and so happy to be a part of it.”
Lewis currently works for the Pittsburgh Penguins and would like to continue working with them after graduation. He said he hopes to connect with another professional hockey team if he cannot work for the Penguins, and he also wants to earn his MBA.
“I feel like Seton Hill’s made me grow to want to know everyone I come across,” Lewis said. “If I see someone more than once, I feel like it’s almost most appropriate to say hello to them to get to know who they are because whether you’re just seeing them or actually interacting with them, they’re becoming a part of your life.”
Robbins will be student teaching in the spring to see if she enjoys teaching high school English, and she may potentially attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in student affairs if she does not want to pursue teaching.
“My philosophy for this semester is to try to enjoy the experiences that are here at Seton Hill before they won’t be available anymore after graduation,” Robbins said. “I’m looking forward to those random little moments with friends and the people here and taking advantage of those relationships.”