Rock Falls student a finalist for SIU homecoming court

CARBONDALE — Emily Buikema, a political science major from Rock Falls, is in the running to be in the homecoming court at Southern Illinois University.

Buikema is also a student with minors in history and paralegal studies.

There are 10 finalists. All the candidates were undergraduate juniors or seniors with a grade point average of at least 2.5. They had to submit a resume and reference letter.The candidates were interviewed by a selection committee. The student body just completed four days of online voting.

But the results won’t be announced until game day. The winners will be presented at halftime of the homecoming game at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Saluki Stadium.

The field of candidates includes students from Maroa, Chicago, Teutopolis, Springfield, Earlville, Beardstown, Rock Island, Centralia and Horn Lake, Mississippi.