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Oct. 15, 2018

Student involvement office announces Homecoming contest winners

Northwest Missouri State University ended its 2018 Homecoming week Monday with its awards ceremony announcing winners of competitions throughout the annual celebration.

Northwest hosted its Homecoming week, “The Greatest Show at Northwest” Oct. 7-15, with a variety of activities, including traditions such as the Variety Show, the 21st annual International Flag-Raising Ceremony, parade and the Homecoming football game. The University also welcomed the class of 1968 during its annual Golden Years Society Reunion and celebrated the grand opening of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse.

During Thursday’s performance of the Variety Show, Jacob Liles and Megan Carter were crowed Homecoming king and queen. Liles, of Maryville, is a senior mathematics major and was sponsored by Sigma Tau Gamma; Carter, of Omaha, Nebraska, is a senior elementary education major, with a concentration in language arts, and her sponsor was Sigma Sigma Sigma.

During the University’s 12th annual Homecoming Canned Art Contest Oct. 8, students and organizations assembled displays of perishable food items. Northwest collected 2,191 pounds of food through the contest that was donated to the Maryville Ministry Center. An additional 1,031 canned and boxed goods were collected to Northwest’s Pay it Forward Food Pantry.

Additionally, for Northwest’s Homecoming philanthropy, the Homecoming Committee and Student Senate collaborated to host the University’s annual fall blood drive in conjunction with the Homecoming week. Donors provided 278 units of blood during the three-day drive, which is enough to assist 834 patients. Students also had the option of providing a monetary donation toward the Maryville R-II School District’s free and reduced lunch program, and they raised $737 for that program.

Northwest’s 2018 Homecoming Executive Board consisted of Emily Elliott, a junior communication major from Kansas City, Missouri; Alek Lanter, a senior recreation major from Parkville, Missouri; Joe Suchan, a senior interactive digital media major from Maryville; and Veronica Maere, a senior communication major from Panora, Iowa, as secretary.

Other 2018 Homecoming competition categories and winners are listed below.


  • First place: Alpha Sigma Alpha ($350 and 12 blood donations)
  • Second place: Sigma Sigma Sigma ($170 and 20 blood donations)
  • Third place: Sigma Kappa ($40 and 31 blood donations)


  • First Place: Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Second place: Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Third Place: Phi Mu

Canned Art

  • First Place: Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Second place: Alpha Delta Pi
  • Third Place: Sigma Sigma Sigma

People's Choice

  • Sigma Sigma Sigma

Variety Show


  • First Place: Phi Mu Alpha
  • Second place: Phi Mu and Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Third Place: Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Sigma Alpha

Olio Act

  • First Place: Adam Bochart
  • Second place: Alicsa Wilson
  • Third Place: Lilly Flanery

People's Choice Awards

  • Best Actress - Taylor Holley as “President Jazz” in “Sigma Society’s Greatest Show”
  • Best Actor - Corey Busch as “Popcorn Guy” in “Freak Show University Horror Story”
  • Best Skit - Sigma Society, “Sigma Society’s Greatest Show”
  • Best Olio Act - Lilly Flanery, “For Forever” sign language


Paper Mache Clowns

Competitive: Sigma Alpha

Highly Competitive

  • First Place: Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Second place: Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Third Place: Alpha Gamma Rho

Dancing Clowns


  • First place: Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Second place: Sigma Alpha

Highly Competitive:

  • First place: Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Second place: Sigma Kappa
  • Third place: Alpha Gamma Rho

Overall Clowns

  • Competitive: Sigma Alpha
  • Highly Competitive: Alpha Sigma Alpha


  • First Place: Sigma Sigma Sigma and Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Second place: Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Kappa
  • Third Place: Sigma Phi Epsilon


Competitive: ATA/CFFA/PAS

Highly Competitive

  • First Place: Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Kappa and Sigma Tau Gamma
  • Second place: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Rho

Overall Parade Winner

  • Competitive: CFFA/ATA/PAS
  • Highly Competitive – Sigma Sigma Sigma

Supremacy Winners

  • Competitive: CFFA/ATA/PAS
  • Highly Competitive: Sigma Tau Gamma


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215