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April 19, 2019

Fasani, Branson crowned 2019 Tower King, Tower Queen

By Grace Niemeyer, communication assistant

Tatum Branson and Diego Fasani

Tatum Branson and Diego Fasani

Northwest Missouri State University’s Blue Key and Cardinal Key honor societies on Wednesday crowned Diego Fasani as their 2019 Tower King and Tatum Branson as Tower Queen during a ceremony at the Memorial Bell Tower.

Fasani is a junior from Raymore, Missouri, majoring in accounting and corporate finance. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Interfraternity Council’s vice president of scholarship and finance.

Branson, also from Raymore, Missouri, graduates this spring with a degree in Spanish education. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, Student Ambassadors and Bearcat Steppers.

“They are both fantastic students and friends, and their involvement on campus has contributed to bettering Northwest in so many ways,” Taylor Felz, a junior management and marketing major from Raymore, Missouri, and Cardinal Key president, said. “Cardinal Key and Blue Key are proud to be able to honor these two for all of their achievements during their time at Northwest.”

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

Pratham Mitra

Hometown: India

Major: finance

Activities: Tau Kapa Epsilon, Interfraternity Council


Shane Miller

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Major: Criminology

Activities: Criminal Justice Club, Sigma Tau Gamma, student ambassador


Queen Candidates

Dipika Sharma

Hometown: Nepal

Major: computer science

Activities: International Student Organization, UNICEF, Student Senate, Nepalese Student Organization


Erica Brade

Hometown: Chillicothe, Missouri

Major: interactive digital media

Activities: Sigma Sigma Sigma, Panhellenic Council, AdInk, Art Education Club, EmpowHer


Haley Meier

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Major: therapeutic recreation

Activities: Phi Mu, Special Olympics


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
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