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Homecoming Royalty 2021

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Voting Open!

Students may begin voting at midnight Monday, Oct. 18, by logging into CatPAWS; voting ends at midnight Wednesday, Oct. 27. The king and queen will be announced Friday, Oct. 29, at the conclusion of the Homecoming Variety Show, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Candidates for Homecoming King 2021


Brady Fritts

Brady Fritts is a senior from Glenwood, Iowa majoring in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. He is involved in Interfraternity Council, Student Senate, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Being a Bearcat for Brady means “Being a part of a family that supports each other in everything we do. No matter the race, sexual orientation, or religion, Bearcats support one another. We are truly a family”.


Kevin Nguyen

Kevin Nguyen is a senior from Kansas City, Missouri majoring in Criminology with a minor in Psychology. He is involved in Interfraternity Council, Pi Kappa Alpha, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Speaking Bearcats Speech and Debate Team. Being a Bearcat for Kevin means “appreciating and reflecting on the history of our institution while looking to the future and working to create progress that is much needed to ensure that every student and prospective student is excited for, committed to, and proud to say they are a part of the Bearcat family”.


Max Spitzmiller

Max Spitzmiller is a senior from Saint Charles, Missouri majoring in Middle School Social Studies Education. He is involved in the Northwest Baseball Team, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Blue Key Honor Society. For Max, “Being a bearcat is something that is life changing, Northwest and Maryville have become a second home. The friendships that I have made will be lifelong and am lucky enough to meet some of my best friends, here. The experience that I garnered from studying here is second to none. Being a bearcat is something that is special, and I truly do feel sorry for people that are not Bearcats”.


Ryan Shurvington

Ryan Shurvington is a senior from Clever, Missouri majoring in Agricultural Education. He is involved in Phi Sigma Kappa, Student Senate, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Delta Tau Alpha, Collegiate FFA, Ag Ambassadors, and Missouri Tech Ag Ambassadors. Being a Bearcat for Ryan means “being a part of something bigger than yourself. It’s embodying the ideas of connection, civility, and care. It’s the pride in the paw, and the Family you become a part of. It takes amazing people to be Bearcats and I am fortunate enough to be around those fine individuals every single day”.


Zachary Howard

Zach Howard is a senior from Bolivar, Missouri majoring in Physical Education. He is involved in Northwest Football, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Mobilization, Professional Physical Education Club, and Northwest SAAC. Being a bearcat for Zachary means “being different in all the right ways. Bearcats love deeper than others, work harder than our competitors, are more resilient than our toughest circumstances and when something seems impossible WE find a way”.

Candidates for Homecoming Queen 2021


Annie Punt

Annie Punt is a Senior from Omaha, Nebraska majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is involved in Alpha Sigma Alpha, Panhellenic Council, Student Ambassadors, and Commcats. Being a Bearcat to Annie means “being a part of a family. This entire community really cares about each other, and it is obvious through the smiles you see across campus and in the classrooms. Going through a pandemic was hard, but it was even tougher to not see each other and have support nearby. This campus has a lasting impact on its students and staff alike. Everyone, especially me, dreads their last moments on this campus. It is a place that has turned into our home”.


Ashlyn Peterson

Ashlyn Peterson is a Senior from Madison, Missouri majoring in English Education. She is involved in Sigma Society, Sigma Tau Delta, Cru, Nodaway County Big Brothers/Big Sisters, St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn, and Missouri Collegiate 4-H. Being a Bearcat to Ashlyn means “being a part of something so much bigger than yourself. It's showing up every day and working hard to achieve your goals. It's putting others before yourself and striving to make this campus, community, and world a better place. Most importantly, it’s a safe place to learn, grow, and be yourself”.


Emma Bjork

Emma Bjork is a Senior from Syracuse, Nebraska, double majoring in Mass Media: Broadcast Production and Writing. She is involved in Alpha Delta Pi, Society of Presidential Scholars, KNWT Student Television, and AdInk! Being a Bearcat to Emma means “being a part of a family. It means having a support system of people who will help you and be there for you no matter what. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat”.


Lauryn Lee

Lauryn Lee is a Senior from Bennington, Nebraska majoring in Human Services! She is involved in Sigma Kappa, Active Minds, and Order of Omega. To Lauryn, “being a bearcat encompasses growth. As a bearcat it should be our goal to exhibit self-growth and also to help grow our community for the better”.


Meg Rieschick

Meg Rieschick is a Senior from Auburn, Nebraska double majoring in business management and marketing. She is involved in Phi Mu. Being a Bearcat to Meg means “Bearcats learn: we actively participate in our own learning. Bearcats connect: We work with others who represent diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, we promote an inclusive environment! Bearcats care: We value wellness of ourselves, each other, and our campus! Bearcats practice civility: We hold ourselves to a higher standard and accept others for who they are! Bearcats show pride: we support one another and share in the university’s achievements”.

Prince and Princess

The 2021 Prince is Carter Tapps and the 2021 Princess is Zoey Hendrix.