Sandra Howery may not be the most popular homecoming queen candidate but she is certainly the most litigious. Howery is suing Sacramento State University after it failed to make her Queen despite what she alleges was more points in favor of her selection.
After Howery, 46, waited 28 years to finish her bachelor’s degree, she is not about to take the denial of her crown without a fight. She insists that she was told that the student who secured the most donations would win the title: “I knew that I donated a lot more than everybody else; I had over 1,400 points for donations,” said Sandra.
It now appears that they look at your essay, your activities, and an interview. It would not be the first intervention of a court in such a competition. In 1983, a court ordered formal balloting in the selection of a homecoming queen after a black candidate challenged the process at McGehee High School.
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I know this is a few years late but this dumb bitch is my relative and would sue her grandma for her false teeth. By the way she cannot hold down a job to save her life. She is a career college student.
Man, I wish I could be a judge for one day, just to issue the order dismissing the case. “Boo Hoo, case fucking dismissed”. But then I’d get in trouble for saying “fucking” in open court and end up as fodder for Turley’s blog.
I stated this above before my comments:
“The rejected Homecoming Queen stated within the link (*if correctly quoted*):”
Newspaper journalists misquote many people. I certainly have been misquoted in the press.
The value I gain from blawgs is that people try to ferret out inconsistencies in the law by expressing their understanding of the cases, often based on similar legal experiences, which may eventually lead to people like Ms. Howery gaining more support, if warranted. Once the case is adjudicated, then others and I most likely will return to weigh-in on the verdict. If the decision is favorable to Ms. Howery, then I will be one of the first of many to say; I got that one wrong, if the evidence is supportive.
As for errors, your “…gruduationg Summa Cum Laude…” is understandable just as the principal/principle grammatical error was understandable.
Most lawyers would probably say that any lawsuit’s frivolity rests squarely in the eyes of the beholder, which is often diametrically opposed to that of the aggrieved party. If Ms. Howery thinks she was wronged, then she deserves every means of correction available to her.
Additionally, just because Sacramento State says something is so, that does not necessarily make it so or right. Governments and institutions at all levels frequently harm their constituencies and we all must support due process to reverse any real harm done by any government; local, state, or federal.
Please keep us informed as this case progresses and you will likely find that some people here, based on the evidence, might become advocates for Ms. Howery’s cause.
Kudos to Ms. Howery for graduating with such distinguished high honors. That is not an easy task at any age.
“Also the newspaper and the TV station haven’t reported everything involved, there is no doubt she will win in court, and it has nothing to do with money or being Homecoming Queen anymore and that is so hard for so many to understand. She has a lot of supporters, more that support her than don’t. Sac State is the one who should give up.”
Not sure how it follows that lots of supporters equals victory, but there is substantial doubt she’ll win in court since she apparently signed the papers that explained the contest rules but wasn’t sure what she signed. No amount of “supporters” will overcome our summa cum laude graduate’s decision not to read and understand what she signed if that is the case — which I suspect is the truth here.
WRT to our friend rafflaw and your comment, I ‘d be a little circumspect before declaring that those who “sit at a computer and degrade others and cut them down for standing up for something they believe in,” don’t have a life. Seems that description aptly and ironically fits you! Rafflaw’s life seems just fine to this observer.
And to you Rafflaw, she has a wonderful life, don’t need to worry about her, she has many job offers where she will be making a lot of money after she does her internship. At least she doesn’t sit at a computer and degrade others and cut them down for standing up for something they believe in. She would never do that to any one she has morals and respects other no matter how different they look, or their age or their disability, so many could learn from her, sounds like to me you are the one who needs to get a life.
I can guarantee you Former Federal LEO that Sandra knows how to spell principle, she is very intelligent and was just honored at her graduation on Saturday in front of everyone, gruduationg Summa Cum Laude. The article was not written by Sandra, so you should be blaming the reporter for the wrong spelling of principle. Also the newspaper and the TV station haven’t reported everything involved, there is no doubt she will win in court, and it has nothing to do with money or being Homecoming Queen anymore and that is so hard for so many to understand. She has a lot of supporters, more that support her than don’t. Sac State is the one who should give up.
Former Fed and Jill,
This just seems like a lot of hoopla over a homecoming queen title. I know it is a big deal in High School, but I don’t remember it being a big deal in college. Maybe I slept through the Homecoming King and Queen class in college!
You will go to the ball!!!
Actually, if it means that much to her it wouldn’t kill them to give her the crown. Just make up some new rules to fit the current situation, it’s not like it’s a matter for the Dept. of State. Sometimes following the rules is very important, but this isn’t one of them.
The rejected Homecoming Queen stated within the link (if correctly quoted):
“I am not a sore loser; it’s just the *principal* of everything,” says Sandra.
She flunks the ‘nglish section of the *college* homecomin’ queen test by using *-pal* instead of princi*-ple*
Now, if it were the *principal* (of Sacramento State) then she would have a tenable harassment suit.
Rafflaw, that would be age discrimination, wouldn’t it? However, you and I are old enough to remember our moms’ favorite daytime TV program ‘Queen for a Day’ where age, smartness, and “beauty” were not factors for receiving a royal crown (which reminds me of that goopy hair-will-stand-straight-up 1950s hair groom, ‘Royal Crown’).
I don’t know rafflaw, that crown is pretty great!
You would think that at age 46 she would be more conerned about real life issues than wasting her time and money and the time of the court with nonsense like this. Get a life lady.
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