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Sam Spencer and Jessica Buckley were crowned Homecoming king and queen at the University’s annual Homecoming Variety Show. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Sam Spencer and Jessica Buckley were crowned Homecoming king and queen at the University’s annual Homecoming Variety Show. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Oct. 20, 2017

Spencer, Buckley crowned 2017 Homecoming king, queen

Northwest Missouri State University crowned Sam Spencer and Jessica Buckley its 2017 Homecoming king and queen Thursday, Oct. 19, during opening night of the University’s annual Homecoming Variety Show.

Spencer, of Kansas City, Missouri, is a senior criminology major and was sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon. Buckley, of Papillion, Nebraska, is a senior majoring in elementary education and special education (cross categorical); she was sponsored by Sigma Society.

Northwest students selected the king and queen during a week of online voting Oct. 9-13.

This year's Homecoming prince is Mark Coffelt, the son of Melissa and Mitch Coffelt. The Homecoming princess is Kayla Bucy, the daughter of Northwest staff members Nikki and Jack Bucy. Mark is a first grader and Kayla is in preschool; both attend Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville. 

Northwest continues its Homecoming activities, “Bearcats Around the World,” through Oct. 23. Events are open to all Northwest students, alumni, faculty, staff, families, friends and community members. For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2017 activities and events, click here.

The remainder of the 2017 Homecoming court appears below.

Candidates for Homecoming King

Jake Hain

Jake Hain
Hometown:
Seward, Nebraska
Year:
Senior
Major:
Agricultural business
Sponsor:
Sigma Tau Gamma
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “My favorite thing about Homecoming is seeing the love that everyone has for Northwest. The strength of our Bearcat family stands out as alumni, of all ages, make the trip back home to celebrate with their family and friends.” 

Shane Miller

Shane Miller
Hometown:
Elkhorn, Nebraska
Year:
Junior
Major:
Criminology
Sponsor:
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “My favorite thing about Homecoming is the parade. I love seeing all the floats and jalopies, especially knowing how much each organization has put in on them.”

Brady Reed

Brady Reed
Hometown:
Springfield, Illinois
Year:
Senior
Major:
Theatre
Sponsor:
Sigma Society
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “I love getting to spend time with all of my close friends at the parade, celebrating our campus involvement and interacting with the community.”

Tyler Richardson

Tyler Richardson
Hometown:
Keytesville, Missouri
Year:
Senior
Major:
Agricultural business and agronomy
Sponsor:
Alpha Gamma Rho
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “The camaraderie. The atmosphere around the town is just electrifying. Everyone involved is friendly and happy to be here – Bearcats young and old, past and future. We’re all the same during Homecoming, and it really paints a picture of what it’s like to attend Northwest.”

Candidates for Homecoming Queen

Noa Bales

Noa Bales
Hometown:
Glenwood, Iowa
Year:
Senior
Major:
Organizational communication and public relations
Sponsor:
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “I love how the atmosphere changes once Homecoming hits. Everyone comes together in support of our team. It is an amazing feeling that I will sincerely miss after I graduate.”

Katie Brown

Katie Brown
Hometown:
Carlisle, Iowa
Year: Senior
Major:
Criminology
Sponsor:
Student Senate
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “Seeing people from all over come together and cheer on Northwest. The parade before the game is always filled with smiling faces from alumni, current students and future Bearcats and reminds me of how lucky I am to represent Northwest in such a major way.”

Sierra Horan

Sierra Horan
Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
Year:
Junior
Major:
Elementary education
Sponsor:
Sigma Tau Gamma
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “Northwest always promotes the Bearcat Family, and there is no better day than to experience the family feel besides Homecoming. Watching everyone’s hard work roll down Fourth Street while families and alumni stand and cheer – those are just memories you can’t make anywhere else.”

Jordan Strittmatter

Jordan Strittmatter
Hometown:
Des Moines, Iowa
Year:
Senior
Major:
Middle school education
Sponsor:
Alpha Gamma Rho
Favorite thing about Homecoming: “Definitely building the big float. I have been one of my chapter’s big float chairs for the past three years, and it has been such a fun experience. It has really helped me gain leadership skills, and build relationships across other organizations.”


For more information, please contact:

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

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