There are a lot of feelings that the word “homecoming” evokes: happiness, spirit, pride and, quite literally, feeling like you’re home. It’s a time for alumni to return to and remember a place at which they spent some important years, but it’s also a time for students to see how strong a bond they’ll have with the college once they graduate. For all, it’s a celebration.

In preparation for Homecoming & Family Day, Columbia College announced the 2014 Homecoming Court. Congratulations to Chase Barnes, Kaylee Brueggeman, Dylan Caldieraro, Lauren Jaeger, Jessica Montgomery and Zachary Rockers. These six accomplished students were announced as this year’s Homecoming Court at a pep rally Monday, and they embody the true spirit of Columbia College.

Columbia College 2014 Homecoming Court

2nd Row: Dylan Caldieraro, Zachary Rockers, Chase Barnes 1st Row: Jessica Montgomery, Kaylee Brueggeman, Lauren Jaeger

Barnes is active on the college’s Model United Nations team, even having won an award at the Midwest Model UN simulation. Brueggeman is an outfielder on the softball team and has been twice named to the Academic All-AMC team. Caldieraro is a student ambassador who represents the school with spirit and pride. Jaeger is a student ambassador and a community consultant who helps new students adjust to life at college. Montgomery is a representative on the Student Government Association, a student ambassador and a member of two academic honor societies. Rockers is a guard on the men’s basketball team and has been named a NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-AMC and Conference Player of the Week.

The Homecoming royalty coronation took place 4 p.m. Saturday at the R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium.

But the fun didn’t stop there. Activities for students included “bubble soccer,” a residence hall decorating contest, a cooking competition and a block party. And that was just during the week!

Then, alumni returned to — or, for some, visited for the first time — the campus in Columbia, Missouri. Saturday wasthe big day, with events scheduled from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some of the highlights included Hughes Hall’s 75th anniversary celebration, academic departmental showcases, alumni sports games, the Jane Froman Singers reunion and the reception at the end of the night.