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Drexel Homecoming Court

Apply to the Homecoming Court and be in the running to be crowned the 2020 Royal Dragon.

Homecoming Court members serve as student representatives at Homecoming events throughout Homecoming Week. All full-time graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for the Court (first-year students through seniors). Nominees should fill out the application and follow all instructions. Please pay attention to the Homecoming Court Rules and Regulations, as well as the timeline.


  • Wednesday, November 6 at 8 a.m. – Homecoming Court Application is made available on DragonLink
  • Monday, November 25 at 5 p.m. – Homecoming Court Application due
  • Thursday, December 5 – Announcement of Homecoming Court 
  • Monday, January 13 at 8 a.m. to Friday, January 17 at 12 p.m. – Royal Dragon voting
  • Saturday, January 18 – Announcement of Royal Dragon at the Drexel Men's Basketball Game

Rules and Regulations

  • Completed Homecoming Court applications are due on DragonLink by Monday, November 25, 2019 at 5 p.m.
  • Any full-time undergraduate and graduate student (12 credit hours or more) may be nominated.
  • Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.
  • Nominees must be in good standing with Student Conduct and Community Standards (no current disciplinary actions).
  • Applicants can be nominated by a recognized student organization (under the Office of Campus Activities), a faculty or staff member, or self-nominations.
  • Eligible candidates will participate in the Court selection process through a review of campus and community involvement and personal statement.
  • The Final Court is expected to attend the Homecoming game for the halftime crowning ceremony. Attire is formal.

Failure to comply with any of the above rules may result in disqualification.

Court Selection

The following point structure will be used for the selection of the Homecoming Court:

Application (20 points)

Applications will be reviewed by professional staff based on the following:

  • Campus and community involvement
  • Academic achievement
  • Ability to articulate the impact Drexel University has had on them
  • Reasoning for wanting to be the Royal Dragon

In the event of a tie, personal statements will be evaluated by the Dean of Students, who will be asked to choose the nominee most deserving of a position on the Homecoming Court.

Royal Dragon Selection

Once our Court selections have been made, one member of our Court will be selected as the 2020 Homecoming Royal Dragon. This selection will be determined by a student vote. The Royal Dragon will hold this title throughout the year and will receive a $500 scholarship. Our first- and second-place runners-up will each receive a $250 scholarship.

Additional Information

Should you have any questions, please email Bekah Kanski at

2019 Homecoming Court Winners

Priyanka Shah: Priyanka is an ambitious individual who came to Drexel University knowing exactly what she wanted to do: become a physician. She was accepted into the 7-year accelerated BS/MD program, a rigorous academic program. Her commitment to her academics and extracurricular activities is phenomenal and worthy of mention. Priyanka is knowledgeable about Drexel since she is a Student Ambassador, giving tours to prospective students. Additionally, she exhibits her strong leadership skills as Treasurer for Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta), a national biological honor society. She is actively involved in the college group and Medical Campus Outreach at Tenth Presbyterian Church. Outside of these activities, she has been a research assistant for the Barson Lab at the Drexel College of Medicine since participating in the STAR Scholars Program in the summer of 2017. Priyanka embodies the core essence of Drexel because she lives out the slogan "Ambition Can’t Wait." She deserves this award and recognition as she finishes her last year as a Biological Sciences major and prepares to embark on her next ambitious endeavor: medical school.

Simal Ali: Simal is a senior pre-med student majoring in Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences (shout out to Women in STEM)! Simal grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in Horsham, PA, which is also where she commutes from every single day. Despite being a commuter, she stays engaged on campus as president of the American Medical Women’s Association and as a member of Dragon’24 — Provost Blake’s Student Advisory Circle, the Muslim Student’s Association, and Calligraphy Club. When she’s not running around campus herself, she loves showing prospective students what the Drexel experience is all about as a tour guide for the Student Ambassador program! This past summer, Simal completed her co-op in Penn Medicine’s Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division and upon returning to classes she resumed her role as a clinical research assistant at Drexel’s Weight, Eating, and Lifestyle Science Center. When she's not at school you can probably find Simal doing some of her favorite things — hitting the gym, sipping on a chai latte, or enjoying a really good burger (although not necessarily in that order). She is excited to serve on this year's Homecoming Court and looks forward to raising school spirit to a whole new level!

Isabella Mendoza: Isabella is a senior majoring in Materials Science & Engineering, with minors in both Business Administration and Legal Studies. She is currently president of the Club Sports Council, president of club tennis, director of external relations for Material Advantage, and a trip captain for Drexel Weekend Warriors. Previously, she had also been an executive board member for Weekend Warriors. More of her campus involvement includes being a former referee for intramural sports such as soccer, flag football, floor hockey etc., and being a club sports supervisor. Currently, she works part-time as a facility supervisor at the Drexel Recreation Center (REC). She often enjoys representing Drexel University at tennis competitions and different engineering conferences held around the country. In addition to her coursework, she is doing research under the guidance of Dr. Leslie Lamberson in the Dynamic Multifunctional Materials Lab here at Drexel. After graduation, she intends to pursue her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, focusing on the mechanics of structural materials and their failure behavior.