Imperial, Calif. – After months of planning Imperial Valley College’s Associated Student Government (ASG) works alongside their basketball team to coordinate the coronation of IVC’s Miss Sweetheart during one game of the entire season.
IVC started its first Miss Sweetheart coronation in 1968 under the Royalty Act in the Associated Student Government’s Constitution.
“Clubs nominate someone from their club that they feel have exceeded their expectations and deserve to be nominated as IVC’s Sweetheart,” said Lisa Tylenda, ASG President.
For two days voting for nominees takes place, before the official ballots are counted.
The queen is then elected based on the IVC students’ votes and announced during the basketball game’s half-time.
This year marks the second consecutive year the tradition has been followed up on in many years.
The ASG hopes it will continue for the years to come and that in the near future not only nominees for Miss Sweetheart will be accepted, but nominees for a king as well will be incorporated into the ASG Constitution, said Tylenda.
The marquee on the wall of Imperial Valley College’s Student Affairs’ building alerts and reminds students to see if the nominee they voted for won on Thursday, February 14, 2013. The marquee is monitored by the Associated Student Government publication officer and has been displaying this sign for a week. — Photo by Iliana Felix
ASG activities officer, Kian Counce, 20, finishes painting a heart on a Miss Sweetheart poster before the ASG planning meeting in the Student Affairs’ conference room on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The poster will be posted on campus as reminder with additional information for students to come show their support and meet their new queen during this Friday night’s basketball game. — Photo by Iliana Felix
ASG senators busily work together to tie and form the 400 plus balloons into arch walkways for the Miss Sweetheart coronation in the IVC gym’s dance room, said ASG President Lisa Tylenda. It took about four hours to complete these arch walkways that were only used for less than half the time it took to create them on Friday afternoon, February 15, 2013. — Photo by Iliana Felix
“Hopefully the turn out (campaigning) was good that may be I won. I don’t know,” said Samantha Garcia, 19, Miss Sweetheart nominee from the Future Leaders Club.
And indeed it was, Garcia was pronounced IVC’s Miss Sweetheart queen and congratulates runner up princess Lydia Celeste Mendez, 21, who was nominated by the Student Support Services Club during the IVC basketball game on Friday, February 15, 2013. — Photo by Iliana Felix
2013 IVC’s Miss Sweetheart queen, Samantha Garcia, pauses for a photo after being congratulated by 2012 former queen Lupe Lopez, 21, before Garcia headed to her reserved seating on stage for the remainder of the basketball game.
Lopez said she felt honored that the ASG asked her to crown this year’s queen. “It was very nice of them to ask me to come back. It was like a walk down memory lane,” said Lopez. — Photo by Iliana Felix