Chemical Engineering Senior Natalie Burges was named the 2016 LSU Homecoming Queen at halftime during Saturday’s homecoming football game against the University of Missouri.
Burges, of Katy, Texas, was one of three female senior representatives who served on the 2016 Homecoming Court, and the only engineering student of all 16 members.
“I am filled with so much joy knowing that I have spent my four years here learning to love a new culture, immersing myself in the spirit of campus, losing my voice in Death Valley …” she said.
Asked what qualities she possessed that would make her reign at LSU extraordinary, Burges said she would proudly act for underrepresented groups—on campus and in the engineering field.
Not only is Burges an out-of-state student, she said; she is also a Hispanic student “who works hard every day to make [her] family proud” and “a woman in STEM [who] is determined to pave new paths while earning [her] chemical engineering degree.”
“Luckily, these pieces of my life all come together on this beautiful campus—my home away from home,” she said, “and make me exceptionally proud to be an LSU Tiger.”
The Homecoming Court is an annual tradition that recognizes exceptional members of the LSU student body from all classifications. The Court is chosen in a multi-stage selection process that includes judging panel application review, interviews and a vote of the LSU student body.