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Oct. 11, 2019

5 men, 5 women nominated as Homecoming royalty

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The Northwest Missouri State University Homecoming Committee has announced royalty candidates for the University’s 2019 Homecoming celebration.

Students may begin voting at 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, by logging into CatPAWS; voting ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. The king and queen will be announced at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the end of the annual Homecoming Variety Show.

Northwest will celebrate its Homecoming week, “Bearcats Ever After,” Oct. 21-26. Events are open to all Northwest students, alumni, faculty, staff, families, friends and community members. For a complete schedule of activities, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/getinvolved/homecoming/.

The Variety Show is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online by clicking here.

The candidates for 2019 Homecoming royalty at Northwest appear below.

King candidates

Keegan Cooper

Keegan Cooper

Keegan Cooper

Year: Sophomore
Majors: Mass media and broadcasting
Hometown: Marble Hill, Missouri
Campus involvement: Sigma Tau Gamma, Order of Omega, KNWT, KZLX

“Being a Bearcat is demonstrating pride of my University. I know that being a Bearcat means I am going to reach for the stars and push the limits of my capabilities because I have the support of my classmates, professors, University staff, as well as my Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity brothers. As Bearcats, we not only succeed in academics, but we also succeed in our social and service endeavors for others. We meet and spend quality time with other Bearcats, forming lasting friendships that will continue for a lifetime. We also participate and hold philanthropic events to raise money for organizations in need, to provide service and support to those less fortunate, and to give back to the Maryville community that supports the University. Lastly, being a Bearcat means that I represent a culture that was begun many years ago, and I carry on the legacy of Northwest Missouri State University and abide by the motto “And the truth shall make you free.”


Andrew Goff

Andrew Goff

Andrew Goff

Year: Senior
Major:
Therapeutic recreation
Hometown:
Omaha, Nebraska
Campus involvement:
Tau Kappa Epsilon, Young Americans for Liberty, UNICEF

“Being a Bearcat means opportunity. I had the opportunity to apply myself and pave a path for my future. I had the opportunity to meet new people and make connections with them. I had to opportunity to change my life forever, and it is all thanks to being a Bearcat.”


Jack Hill

Jack Hill

Jack Hill

Year: Senior
Major:
Cybersecurity
Hometown:
Kearney, Missouri
Campus involvement: Association of Computer Machinery, Cyber Defense Club, Developing Developers Podcast SIG

“I have always been proud to be a Bearcat. Being a Bearcat means that you are a part of the title town, part of the award-winning University, part of the community that is so strong, part of a diverse family, but most importantly you let Northwest Missouri State become your home.”


Tubias Johnson

Tubias Johnson

Tubias Johnson

Year: Junior
Major:
Human services
Hometown:
St. Louis
Campus involvement:
Black Student Union, Alpha Phi Alpha, National Pan-Hellenic Council TRIO Student Support Services, Student Senate, To Write Love on Her Arms, Black Men of Excellence Network

“To be a Bearcat is to be unique. The animal itself is believed to be made up, which is the equivalent to everyone at Northwest Missouri State University. Each individual at Northwest is made up of their own beliefs, experiences and stories. It’s these commonalities and differences that define who we are.”


Valentine Osakwe

Valentine Osakwe

Valentine Osakwe

Year: Junior
Major:
Computer science
Hometown:
Lagos, Nigeria
Campus involvement:
Lead Green, African Student Organization, International Student Organization

“Bearcats connect, show pride, care, practice civility, learn. These, in no particular order, are truly what it means to be a Bearcat. It has been hammered and bred into me since I arrived on this campus, but I believe it should be so much more. Being a Bearcat has taught me to be conscious of not just my surroundings but of other people as well. Being a Bearcat has taught me leadership. It has taught me friendship. I can say that, I am proud to be a Bearcat.”

Queen candidates

Taylor Felz

Taylor Felz

Taylor Felz

Year: Senior
Majors:
Marketing and business management
Hometown:
Raymore, Missouri
Campus involvement:
Sigma Sigma Sigma, Panhellenic Council, Cardinal Key, Society of President’s Scholars, Student Ambassadors, National Society of Leadership and Success

“To me, being a Bearcat means supporting others through thick and thin. I chose Northwest because I felt so loved and welcomed by this community, and the culture here is unlike anything I’ve experienced anywhere else. Being a Bearcat means upholding that culture by caring for others and yourself and doing whatever you can to make Northwest the best place it can be.”


N'ninah Freelon

N'ninah Freelon

N'ninah Freelon

Year: Senior
Majors:
Human services and psychology
Hometown:
Kansas City, Missouri
Campus involvement:
Delta Sigma Theta, National Panhellenic Council, Office of Student Involvement, Spiritually Involved Sisters Together Achieving Harmony, Student Ambassadors

“Being a Bearcat to me means being a part of a family that is unconditional under any circumstance. From my peers, to professors, to faculty and staff, and even community members, I have felt welcomed on this campus since the day I moved in. Because of Northwest, and being a Bearcat I have everything I need to achieve and succeed in the distance of any building I walk into. I have a sense of pride when I use the expression ‘OABAAB.’”


Asma Hassan

Asma Hassan

Asma Hassan

Year: Junior
Majors:
Psychology and human services
Hometown:
Liberty, Missouri
Campus involvement:
Student Senate

“Northwest has taught me to be myself and to fully enjoy every part of the process of learning about myself. Being a Bearcat doesn’t only lie within Northwest. The beauty of being a Bearcat is that you hold Northwest in your heart from the moment you step on campus to where life takes you. I’m blessed to have found my sense of belonging here.”


Holly Hatfield

Holly Hatfield

Holly Hatfield

Year: Senior
Majors:
Agriculture education, agronomy and horticulture
Hometown:
Kirksville, Missouri
Campus involvement:
Sigma Society, Northwest Dance Company, National Society of Leadership and Success, Northwest Scooter Club, Horticulture Club.

“Being a Bearcat means gaining lifelong memories, connecting and finding a home away from home. Like most students say, being a Bearcat is being a part of a greater family – one that bleeds green.”


Rachel Quick

Rachel Quick

Rachel Quick

Year: Senior
Major:
Dietetics
Hometown:
Fulton Missouri
Campus involvement:
Sigma Society, Northwest Students Dietetics Association, Kappa Omicron Nu, Campus Kitchens, Northwest Honors College, Honors Student Association, dietetics ambassador

“Being a Bearcat to me is all about the support we have for each other. Without other students, friends and faculty, I could have never become the person I am today. Homecoming really highlights the bonds we have as Bearcats across different organizations and backgrounds when we all come together to celebrate the festivities throughout the week.”


Media contact:

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