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NDSU Homecoming Queen from Another Generation Recalls its Significance

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Anticipation is riding high in Bison nation this homecoming weekend. But it's not all about the football, which is hard to convince many die-hard fans. Homecoming is a time in a college student's life that many will never forget despite the outcome of the game. Today Valley News team's Eric Crest talked with the NDSU homecoming queen, from another generation.

Seems like just yesterday this college graduate, Margaret McMorrow was flying high. It was 1946 and the campus wasn't even known as NDSU.

"It was NDAC when I graduated," says McMorrow.

She was recognized, and voted in by her peers as the homecoming queen, "you know 67 years ago. That's a long time ago. I was 19," says McMorrow.

At that point the campus looked a bit different. Many of the men were still overseas or making their way back home as World War II was finally wrapping up.

"It was wonderful to have all the girls to talk to and giggle with and then the guys came back that next fall, and that was heaven too. We could dance again," jokes McMorrow who admits there was dancing while the men we're away too.

But dancing aside, the homecoming queen nomination meant just as much if not more to Margaret's parents as it did for her.

"My dad, the tears were running down his face," say McMorrow.

Her mother was awfully proud too. She sacrificed so much for her daughter to go to college. After all, nothing in this life should be taken for granted. Every moment means something because someone helped make it happen.

"Well it meant a little bit of a thank you for the sacrifice they made. My mother worked in an elevator and kept books for them so I could go to school," says McMorrow.

Those sacrifices amounted to everything. It was just icing on the cake for this young lady to be presented as NDSU's homecoming queen.

"I couldn't believe it! This scrawny thing from western North Dakota," jokes McMorrow.

Even today, year in and year out she makes the effort to make it back for homecoming. To relive those memories that are tied to homecoming, college, and the family and friends that made it all happen.

"I guess my appreciation of my years at NDSU grows as I see the campus developing. It feels so good," says McMorrow.

Margaret and her husband were set to be a part of the homecoming parade tonight. But obviously that all changed because of the weather.

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