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Homecoming Royalty

Candidates for Homecoming King

Jacob Liles

Jacob Liles
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Gamma

Year: Senior
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Maryville, Missouri
Student Involvement: Sigma Tau Gamma, Order of Omega, Pi Mu Epsilon and Homecoming Committee

What are your future plans?
After graduating I plan to pursue a degree in engineering.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’ve never been outside the country so would enjoy traveling to Europe. Specifically, Italy because of the rich history and the opportunity to try authentic Italian food.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
The homecoming parade and football games are something I will always remember. I also enjoy  the rewarding experiences I have gained with the previous generations of alumni that come back. I plan to enjoy many homecomings in the future after I graduate!

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
When I think of Bearcats I think about family. The culture here is very welcoming and has a strong sense of unity. Being a Bearcat gives me a sense of pride not only for the campus culture, but also because my transition from high school to true adulthood was smooth and satisfying. Becoming a Bearcat is something I will never regret.

Nathan Meeker

Nathan A. Meeker
Sponsored by Tau Kappa Epsilon

Year: Senior
Major: Interactive Digital Media: Computer Science // Minor: General Business
Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Student Involvement: Tau Kappa Epsilon, Student Senate, AdInk Advertising Club, Order of Omega and 

What are your future plans?
Even though it might be cliché, I can picture myself being happy starting a family and doing what I love for a career. I have always thought that I would move somewhere fresh, but close enough to easily reconnect with family and lifelong friends I have met at Northwest.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Italy. The rich culture, religious background and historical sites are hard to beat.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
I love seeing all of the hard work and dedication the students and community put into making Homecoming so great all come together in the end. There is truly nothing better than celebrating being a bearcat on Homecoming day. 

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a Bearcat means that I am a part of a family. To be a part of something that has played a role in shaping the person I am today will always mean a lot. #OABAAB

Caleb Robertson

Caleb Robertson
Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho

Year: Senior
Major: Agribusiness
Hometown: Lamar, Missouri
Student Involvement: Alpha Gamma Rho, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Student Success Center and Agricultural Ambassador Team

What are your future plans?
Upon graduation from Northwest, I plan on attending graduate school to pursue a masters and PhD in Agricultural Economics and Policy. Eventually I would like to attain a position in academia, which would give me an opportunity to live out my dream of teaching while also being able to engage in applied economics research in developing nations, with an emphasis in trade policy.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Switzerland. From a young age I've wanted to explore castles and mountains. It seems like a great place for an adventure.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
Float building is always an exciting time. I enjoy the competitive atmosphere as well as the time to bond with current friends and make new ones.

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a Bearcat is an identity to something greater than myself. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, yet we all share the common bond of attending a university that truly cares about student success both in the classroom and beyond. I'm not only proud to be a Bearcat, I'm proud to know a few.

Dakota Shields

Dakota Shields
Sponsored by Student Senate

Year: Senior
Major: Nano-physics
Hometown: Maryville, Missouri
Student Involvement: Phi Delta Theta, Honors Student Association and Society of President’s Scholars

What are your future plans?
In my time, I want to earn a doctorate in nanoscale science and eventually own my own engineering firm. I'd like to create photovoltaic systems and inventions whose only limits are our imagination.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go to Asia so that I could experience parallels and differences in our cultures and societies.  It would be interesting to experience temples thousands of years old and learn different belief systems.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
My favorite part of Homecoming is the parade because we showcase our hard work from the hundreds of Greeks and other organizations to the thousands of people that come out to see us.

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a Bearcat means actively becoming the greatest version of yourself by growing your minds, your fitness, and your relationships with one another.  It means searching for your place in this world and becoming who you want to be.

Drake Summers

Drake Summers
Sponsored by Student Activities Council

Year: Senior
Major: Double in Psychology & Human Service
Hometown: Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Student Involvement: Student Activities Council, Student Senate, Student Ambassadors, Cardinal Key, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and National Society of Leadership and Success

What are your future plans?
My dream job is to develop employment programs for individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities. On my way to that dream, I've considered working in sheltered workshops, as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, or as a transition coordinator. Helping people reach their full potential – that’s the goal.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would stay right here in the US. There is so much beauty around us - we rarely take the time to appreciate it. Visiting all of our National Parks is something that is on my bucket list.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
Something about Homecoming makes everyone come alive; we celebrate a lot as Bearcats, but feeling the sense of community and family around Homecoming time is by far my favorite part.

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a Bearcat is something that I wish everyone had the chance to feel; the family culture that surrounds our university is something extremely special. We root for everyone’s success, we celebrate everyone’s achievements, and we welcome everyone who wants to join us in that. Being a Bearcat means everything.

Candidates for Homecoming Queen

Megan Carter

Megan Carter
Sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma

Year: Senior
Major: Elementary Education with a Concentration in Language Arts
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Student Involvement: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Cardinal Key Honors Society, National Society of Leadership and Success, Student Senate, Order of Omega and I work at the Student Recreation Center here on campus.

What are your future plans?
My future plans are to become a 2nd grade teacher, preferably in a smaller school, but a big school would be fine too!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world I think I would go to New Zealand or Norway because of how beautiful they are filled with so many mountains to explore.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
My absolute favorite part about homecoming is being able to spend so much quality time with so many people that I do not always get to hang out with while preparing for every aspect of homecoming. I love how hard everyone has to work together as a team to make each homecoming so successful and even more fun!

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a “Bearcat” to me means so much love. The love that everyone on this campus shows each other, as well as in this town, is indescribable and I truly would never want to be anything, but a Bearcat.

Shianne Kolts

Shianne Kolts
Sponsored by Student Senate

Year: Senior
Major: Public Relations and Organizational Communication
Hometown: Utica, Nebraska
Student Involvement: Lambda Pi Eta, ComCats (president), Sigma Kappa, Communication Panhellenic Council (vice president), Order of Omega, Blue Key Honor Society, Student Senate and Student Ambassadors

What are your future plans?
After graduation, I hope to land a job in the Public Relations or Human Resources field. I am also leaning towards jobs in the Kansas City area!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Thailand! I would love to go there to experience the culture, the people, the food, the history and just take in the beautiful country.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
My favorite part about Homecoming is how everyone in the Maryville and Northwest community come together to celebrate Homecoming! Everyone involved is so excited and happy to be there! Bearcats all over come together and we're all the same during Homecoming, and it really paints a picture of what it’s like to attend Northwest and to be apart of the Bearcat family.

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a “Bearcat” means being a part of something bigger than myself. In this Bearcat community, we are connected together in many ways and we are always supportive of each other. Being a “Bearcat” and being a part of the Northwest community is something that will always be apart of me and shaped me into who I am today.

Sierra Horan

Sierra Horan
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Gamma

Year: Senior
Major: Elementary Education with a Language Arts Concentration
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Student Involvement: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Student Ambassadors (executive board), Northwest Dance Company (executive board and choreographer), Order of Omega, Lead Green, Council for Exceptional Children and National Honor Society of Leadership and Success

What are your future plans?
I want to move back to Omaha and teach as an elementary school teacher for Millard Public Schools. If Millard hires me, I would like to apply for the CADRE program which is a paid masters program for Millard first year teachers. I want to receive my master’s in administration in hopes of one day becoming a principal. In the meantime, I hope to marry the love of my life and start a family with him.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Anywhere in Europe would be fantastic because I feel like you can see more than one country in one trip. My top countries would be Italy, Greece, and Ireland.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
It is so hard to pick one part of homecoming as my favorite, but I would have to say the parade. My family comes every year to support NW. Seeing all of the floats, jalopies, dancing clowns, and community groups walking down 4th street is so neat. Its like a display of Maryville’s dedication and love for this school. Its my favorite morning of the year.

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a Bearcat means becoming the best version of yourself, for you. I am friends with so many diverse people, people I never thought I would cross paths with. I have taken on leadership and follower roles in my organizations. I have had hands on experiences since the minute I stepped foot on campus. I have a support system that I know I will carry home with me. Of course, our education and our professions are the reason we attend college, but becoming a bearcat has made me step so far outside my comfort zone. I came to Northwest to become a teacher, but now I am prepared to leave Northwest as a leader, a friend, a mentor, a sister, a teacher, an honors students, a coworker, and the best me that I could be. Thank you Northwest, I owe it to you.

Hana Mayfield

Hana Mayfield
Sponsored by Sigma Kappa

Year: Senior
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Mead, Nebraska
Student Involvement: Sigma Kappa Sorority, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Epsilon – Chemistry Honor Society, Society of President’s Scholars, Honor Student Association, Student Ambassadors and Student Success Center (supplemental instructor)

What are your future plans?
After graduation I hope to begin a PhD program focused on biochemistry and pursue a future in research and teaching at the university level.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Number one on my list of places to visit is Liberia. The history of their country is so rich and interesting and I would love to hear firsthand accounts of their struggles and triumphs as a nation and experience their culture first hand.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
Homecoming is the best time of year because it brings the Bearcat family together! Such a huge sense of unity and pride fills the campus and I love having the opportunity to share those feelings with past and present Bearcats and their friends and family!

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a Bearcat is about always pushing yourself to put your best foot forward and knowing that the Northwest administration, staff, community, and alumni are behind you every step of the way. Bearcats have the resources to achieve great things because of the amazing support this family gives. No matter where you end up in life, you can always find a fellow Bearcat who is passionate about your success!

Shelby Simpson

Shelby Simpson
Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho

Year: Senior
Major: Communication - Public Relations
Hometown: Gardner, Kansas
Student Involvement: AdInk, Phi Mu, Order of Omega, Lambda Pi Eta, American Advertising Federation of Kansas City (student member) and University Police Department (social media team)

What are your future plans?
After graduation this spring, I hope to move back to the Kansas City area and be close to my family again. I would love to have a job at an advertising agency or in marketing for a children’s hospital.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Rome for the history and food.

What is your favorite part about Homecoming?
I love how the town feels; it is almost as if you can feel the connectedness. Whether someone graduated 40 years ago, or just the year prior, everyone comes to town because they love being a Bearcat.

What does being a “Bearcat” mean to you?
Being a Bearcat is never meeting an unfamiliar face on campus. It is about the community that you build in this small town that slowly becomes your home. Being a Bearcat is having a sense of pride for all thing green and never missing a chance to shout C-A-T-S after hearing B-E-A-R.