Homecoming on The Plains

Kate Hardman is crowned Auburn University Miss Homecoming 2016. Kathryn Weller

Miss Homecoming 2016

From the start of the week, Homecoming 2016 was filled with excitement and tradition. From a more than crowded concourse filled with individuals campaigning for their favorite Miss Homecoming candidate to the parade of elaborate floats, there was never a dull moment on The Plains. The night before the Homecoming game against Louisiana-Monroe, UPC held a free concert with Echosmith and the White Tie Ensemble. Among these exciting events was the biggest Homecoming tradition, Miss Homecoming. Candidates Leah Bostany, Kelsey Guyan, Kate Hardman, Maggie Smith, and Victoria Starks, along with the support of their sororities and nominating organizations, spent hours on the Haley Concourse raising awareness for their choice of charity or initiative.

After a long week of campaigning, Kate Hardman was crowned Auburn’s 2016 Miss Homecoming. With a passion to help strengthen and empower children and families battling life-threatening conditions, Kate Hardman knew that her platform for Miss Homecoming would be to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hardman, nominated by her sorority Chi Omega, raises money each year for Make-A- Wish. She now serves as her sorority’s philanthropy chair and shares her passion for Make- A-Wish with her chapter. Hardman says, “Working hand-in-hand with Make-A-Wish Alabama has opened my eyes to the true impact this organization has on these children.” As Auburn’s 2016 Miss Homecoming, she hopes to continue to raise awareness for Make-A-Wish and the impact it makes on children and families’ lives.

photo by Kathryn Weller