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The Battalion

Luke Widener, economics sophomore

What is your Aggie story?

I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up as an out-of-state student — I'm a second-generation Aggie, so my parents love Aggieland, and they were having me drinking the Kool-Aid since I was really young. But it was hard to imagine leaving all of the friends that I have grown up with behind. After coming down and visiting A&M a couple of times, I really got to see the Aggie Spirit and the 12th Man in person and getting to see that kind of made me realize how special of a place Aggieland was. Pretty much from that day on, after coming down and visiting, I knew I was going to be an Aggie.

What organizations are you a part of?

I'm in the Corps of Cadets and Company E-2, and then also within the Corps, I'm a sophomore advisor for the Fish Drill Team, where we take about 70 freshmen who are interested in doing drill that have never done drill before and we turn them into national champions over the course of just a few months.

Why are you running for Yell Leader?

I'm running for Yell Leader because when I came down to Texas A&M — and the whole reason I'm here in the first place is — because I got to see the power of the Aggie Spirit, and I got to see that shared with me. After coming here, it's kind of been my mission to not only get involved but also to share that spirit and give back to the university. I think I'm involved or I think I would be qualified for that because, like I said,  I've served as a sophomore advisor on the Fish Drill team this year, which has been a huge time commitment, just like Yell Leader, would be an honor. In that position, we're focused around centering and developing the growth of these freshmen throughout the course of their time here. I think that qualities like Selfless Service and time management would really carry over well into the position of a leader.

What is your favorite tradition?

My favorite tradition, by far, is Silver Taps, and the reason being is I think that that is a tradition that no other college or university in the entire world does. The fact that we have a time once a month, where we commemorate Aggies [who] have died while being an undergraduate or graduate student here, it says a lot about the character and the values that we hold dear. 

What is your favorite yell?

My favorite yell is “Farmer's Fight.” One of my favorite memories is when I was in high school and I came down to Texas A&M, and my dad was with me, and we were in the stands. He pointed out, and we were about to start yells, and the very first one I remember was “Farmers Fight.” So we got to do that together, and that's definitely my favorite yell.

If you could hang out with any former student, who would it be and why?

If I could hang out with any former student, I think I would want to meet [James] Earl Rudder just to hear about the history and hear more about A&M through the time of its growth and just how much has changed over the years.

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