Texas A&M University junior Early Childhood Education student and 2016 Yell Leader candidate Kaitlyn McCain reacts while peeling the backing from an iron-on logo designed for her campaign, Wednesday night, Feb. 17, 2016, at McCain's apartment in College Station, Texas.
McCain, left, nervously gives a phone interview to a reporter at the Dallas Morning News newspaper while her friend and campaign manager Caitlin Beaudreau looks on, Feb. 27, 2016, in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus. Beaudreau took the lead as campaign manager after McCain's initial manager proved difficult to contact. Beaudreau often took the role of keeping McCain positive under the pressures of campaigning, interviewing, and studying.
McCain, right, tries to keep it together while yelling next to a Yell Leader statue in front of Texas A&M's football stadium Kyle Field while filming a promotional video for her campaign. Although Yell Leaders are at most sporting events, football games at Kyle Field, the fifth largest sports stadium in the world, are were the leaders are put to the test. The importance of perfecting the yells can't be understated.
McCain lifts her hand to start a yell with The Riveters, a women's organization on campus that McCain met with to spread the word of her running for Senior Yell Leader, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Rudder Hall on the Texas A&M Campus.
McCain leaves a staging room to speak to a large crowd at the Delta Gamma sorority house, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in College Station, Texas. Since Yell Leader candidates that are not supported by the university's Corp of Cadets are at a severe disadvantage, McCain attempted to gain support from other large organizations that she hoped would be supportive to her goal to break the gender barrier of becoming the first female Yell Leader.
McCain, far left, speaks during a weekly meeting at the Delta Gamma sorority house, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 in College Station, Texas. McCain and her supporters spoke at multiple sorority and fraternity houses trying to gain awareness of her campaign leading up to election night.
From left, Yell Leader candidates Kenny Dao, Joshua Duke, Kaitlyn McCain, Patrick Lewis, Evan Bakkal, and Josh Sutton lead the Aggie War Hymn during a debate hosted by The Mugdown, a satirical website devoted to Texas A&M topics, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in the Flag Room lounge at the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus. 5 For Yell, a group of students who are members of, and endorsed by The Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, are represented by a cardboard cutout of professional wrestler John Cena, and did not attend the debate.
McCain, left, and her campaign manager Caitlin Beaudreau, hold up a campaign sign and urge students to cast their vote, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, behind the Academic Building on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.
Results of the 2016 Texas A&M election cycle are read aloud in the Academic Plaza, late Friday night, Feb. 26, 2016, in the Academic plaza on Texas A&M University's campus.
McCain embraces Caitlin Beaudreau as the last of the winning 2016-2017 Yell Leaders are announced, Friday night, Feb. 26, 2016, in the Academic plaza on Texas A&M University's campus. McCain's name was not called and the 5 For Yell candidates swept the election, taking all five Yell Leader positions for the 2016 to 2017 academic year. McCain will be a senior next year and will not be able to participate in a Yell Leader election again. She hopes that other women will continue to run for prominent positions at Texas A&M University, and believes that it's only a matter of time before the first female Yell Leader is elected.
Students slowly disperse from the Academic Plaza after the election results are announced. The Corp of Cadets supported "5 For Yell" Yell Leader candidates were elected by a landslide victory.