John Racelis of Richmond, Va., and Sara Besche of Georgetown, Del., were crowned West Virginia University Homecoming king and queen Saturday (Nov. 6) during halftime ceremonies of the WVU -Temple football game.
Racelis, a management information systems major, is a senior at WVU . He is active in Greek life and serves as the vice president of the Inter-Fraternity Council.
He has held numerous leadership positions within his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. These include 2003-2004 president, 2002-2003 corresponding secretary and fall 2002 recruitment chair.
In spring 2004, Racelis was named Case Challenge Champion by the Management Information Systems Association.
Outside of school, he works as a recruiting assistant for KeyLogic Systems Inc. in the companys human resources department.
Racelis also enjoys playing sports and is a member of the WVU mens rugby team.
His parents are Joseph and Lilibeth Racelis.
Besche, the 2004 Homecoming queen, is a senior interior design major. She is involved on campus as the director of outreach for the Student Government Association public relations team, vice president of Alpha Phi sorority and a member of Habitat for Humanity.
Her other activities include the American Society of Interior Designers; Phi Upsilon Omicron, the family and consumer sciences honorary; Gamma Beta Phi Society, a service honorary; and National Exemplary Scholars in Service.
In addition, she volunteers with the Mon County Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club.
Among her many awards are the Panhellenic Council Award for Academic Achievement and the Davis College Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership. She was also named to the WVU Deans (2001-2004) and Presidents (spring 2004) lists.
Her parents are Tom and Cathy Besche.
Homecoming candidates were sponsored by student organizations. Ten finalistsfive men and five womenwere selected by a panel of judges. The king and queen were determined through student online voting Oct. 26-28.