The Court

Homecoming King and Queen Isaiah Owens and Delali Gadzekpo stand for a photo with the rest of the homecoming court at Finley Stadium. Saturday, September 17, 2022.

First and foremost I would like to start off by saying that I am so honored and thankful to have served on UTC’s 2022 Homecoming Court. I know it sounds cheesy, but my freshman self never would have believed that this would happen. I have always cared about my community and those around me, so it was an amazing experience to be recognized by UTC and one that I will never forget. 

I spent the past week reflecting on my time at UTC, what it means to be a Moc, and how I want to leave UTC when I graduate. I wanted to sit down and share some of those reflections with you all. 

Those who know me know that I love UTC. I love singing the fight song at football games and throwing a power C for a photo. I love leading those around me and making the most of my time at UTC. But the truth is, that’s not what brought me where I am today. 

I wouldn’t be anywhere if I hadn’t shown the utmost respect and kindness to those around me. Being a moc is more than just holding leadership positions and wearing blue and gold. It is loving what you do and doing it well. It is being proud of yourself and those around you when you succeed and owning up to your mistakes when you fail. 

At the end of the day, it is what you do in the quiet moments that matters the most. 

This school has given me countless opportunities, connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. I truly do not know where I would be without the support of my classmates, professors and community and I hope that when I graduate in May that I will leave my mark on UTC, the way it has left a mark on me.

Four years is so short in the grand scheme of life, but if you pour your heart into UTC, it will pour right back into you. Meet new people, take chances, have fun and treat everyone with kindness. 

Lastly, I would like to congratulate everyone on court and specifically Isaiah Owens and Delali Gadzekpo for their incredible contributions to UTC’s community. I feel like I won just by being able to stand next to such an amazing group of student leaders and I am incredibly proud to be a moc. 

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