Woman's Quest to be Aggie Yell Leader Ends Abruptly

A&M commission says percentages calling for recall were incorrectly tabulated

By Kristie Rieken
|  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012  |  Updated 4:19 PM CDT
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Woman's Quest to be Aggie Yell Leader Ends Abruptly

Frank Heinz, NBCDFW.com

An Aggie yell leader gets the crowd going in 2009.

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Samantha Ketcham's quest to become Texas A&M's first female yell leader ended abruptly Wednesday when the university's election commission said no runoff would be needed.

Ketcham was hoping to be elected to the five-member group, which A&M has instead of cheerleaders. It has always been comprised of men at the formerly all-male military institution.

The commission released results Tuesday night that showed Nelson Ingram had been elected senior yell leader, with Ketcham and three other students facing a runoff for the two remaining positions.

Instead, the commission said "the percentages were tabulated incorrectly" and that Drew Nelson and Hunter Skoog had won the other two spots.

On a Facebook page created to support her campaign, Ketcham alerted followers to the news Wednesday afternoon and said, "Thank you to everyone for all of the support throughout this campaign, and I hope you will all join me in congratulating the winners. Thanks and Gig 'Em!"

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