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Emily Elder and Kris Hudson react after being crowned Tower queen and king Friday during the annual ceremony at the Memorial Bell Tower. (Photo by Madi Weaver/Tower Yearbook)

Emily Elder and Kris Hudson react after being crowned Tower queen and king Friday during the annual ceremony at the Memorial Bell Tower. (Photo by Madi Weaver/Tower Yearbook)

April 7, 2017

Hudson crowned Tower king, Elder is Tower queen

Kris Hudson

Kris Hudson

Emily Elder

Emily Elder

Northwest Missouri State University’s Blue Key and Cardinal Key honor societies on Friday crowned Kris Hudson as their 2017 Tower king, and Emily Elder was crowned queen during a ceremony at the Memorial Bell Tower.

Hudson, a Raymore, Missouri, native, is a communication major with a public relations emphasis. He is a student ambassador, SSS Mentor for TRIO and University Seminar peer advisor. He also is a member of the Northwest Dance Company, St. Jude Up 'til Dawn, Tower yearbook and Honors Program. Student Ambassadors sponsored his candidacy. 

Elder, of Wathena, Kansas, is a graphic design major. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, AdInk and Northwest Dance Company. Alpha Sigma Alpha sponsored her candidacy.  

The Tower King and Queen program is organized each spring by Blue Key and Cardinal Key to recognize Northwest students who excel academically while exhibiting high involvement at Northwest and in the Maryville community.

Campus organizations nominate one king and one queen, who then participate in an application and interview process resulting in the selection of candidates to fill the Tower court. The king and queen are selected by the student body during a week of online voting.

Information about the remainder of the Tower court appears below.

King candidates

Rodney McDuffie

Austin Hoffman

Mason Devooght

Rodney McDuffie

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Major: Political science 
Sponsor: Student Senate 
Activities: Speaking Bearcats, Student Senate, TRIO, Minority Men’s Organization, Alliance of Black Collegians 

Austin Hoffman

Hometown: Sedalia, Missouri
Major: Vocal music education 
Sponsor: Sigma Alpha Iota 
Activities: National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Phi Sigma Kappa, Madraliers/Celebration Choir, Tower Choir 

Mason Devooght

Hometown: Savannah, Missouri
Major: Agricultural business 
Sponsor: Phi Mu 
Activities: Sigma Tau Gamma, Homecoming executive board, AdInk, Exemplary Leadership Academy, Student Activities Council, National Society of Leadership and Success 

Queen candidates

 Breanna Tvrdy

Allie Dirks

Allison Pinet

Breanna Tvrdy

Hometown: Beatrice, Nebraska
Major: Business management and marketing
Sponsor: Phi Mu 
Activities: Phi Mu, Delta Mu Delta, Order of Omega, business ambassador, athletics intern 

Allie Dirks

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Major: Vocal music education 
Sponsor: Sigma Alpha Iota 
Activities: Sigma Alpha Iota, National Association for Music Education, Madraliers/Celebration Choir, Tower Choir 

Allison Pinet

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Major: Therapeutic recreation
Sponsor: Sigma Sigma Sigma
Activities: Sigma Sigma Sigma, Northwest Dance Company, Greek Week, Young Life 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468