Editor’s note: Photos of the candidates are available upon request.
TOPEKA, Kansas – Ten Washburn University students have been selected as candidates for 2015 Homecoming king and queen. After an all-student vote this week, the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned on Saturday, Oct. 24 at halftime of the football game vs. University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl. The football game begins at 2 p.m.
Selected as Homecoming queen candidates:
Alexa Bowen, Overland Park, Kansas, is the current allocations chairwomen for Washburn Student Government Association. In addition to her membership and leadership in Delta Gamma women’s fraternity, she has volunteered with Service for Sight, Tuesday Exchange, and the Washburn Big Event. Bowen is a member of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, Student Alumni Association, Fit Bods and Bod Squad and has served the university as a summer orientation counselor and through the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. She has received honors as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. She was nominated for Homecoming queen by Delta Gamma. Bowen is a senior majoring in business with an emphasis in finance and marketing. Her parents are Doug and Robin Bowen.
Catherine Steuart, Topeka, Kansas, is a current member of Delta Gamma women’s fraternity where she has served as vice president of finance and vice president of social standards. Her volunteer work includes the Brewster Place, grocery shopping with senior citizens, Kansas State School for the Blind, the Washburn Big Event, and St. Mathew’s. She is a member of the Washburn Education Association, Student Alumni Association, Panhellenic recruitment counselor team and served the university as a peer educator. Steuart has received honors on the president’s honor roll and is the recipient of the Alumni Association, Sweet Foundation and the Moore Scholarships. She was nominated by Kappa Sigma. Steuart is majoring in elementary education. Her parents are Jim Steuart and Renae Woodland.
Kaitlyn Truesdell, Topeka, Kansas, is a current member of Alpha Phi women’s fraternity and serves as the social media co-chair. She also has served as the past vice president of marketing. Truesdell’s volunteer work includes the American Heart Association, Keep America Beautiful, Washburn University Foundation, the Washburn Big Event, and Habitat for Humanity. She holds membership in the Leadership Institute, Washburn University Business Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and served Washburn University as a peer educator. Truesdell has received honors as the Sophomore Cup recipient in Nonoso, Emerging Leader through the Leadership Institute, and Youth Entrepreneurs honorary member. Truesdell was nominated by Alphi Phi. She is a senior majoring in business with an emphasis in marketing and management. Her parents are Keith and Kim Truesdell and her guardians are Bill and Mary Keefe.
Madison Wiegers, Wamego, Kansas, is a current member of the Leadership Institute serving as the leadership challenge event fellow. Her volunteer work includes the TRAC 7 Conference, Capper Foundation, Activities Coordinator Assistant at Wamego Hospital, Kansas Youth Leadership Forum, Back to School Fair and NET Reach 3 on 3 Tournament. Wiegers is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, International Leadership Association, Kansas Health Information Management Association and Bod Squad. She has received honors as the 2014 Capper Foundation’s volunteer of the year, completing the Community Service and Scholarly/Creative Transformational Experience, and well as earning recognition on the president’s and dean’s honor roll. Wiegers was nominated by the Washburn Leadership Institute. She is a junior majoring in health information technology. Her parents are Dan and Cristi Wiegers.
Emily Zimmerman, Ottawa, Kansas, is currently a member of the Communication Club, Washburn Intramurals, and serves as the baseball teams Yell Like Hell dance choreographer during Homecoming. Her volunteer work includes Kansas University Sports Massage, Angel Food Ministries, College Hill Cleanup Crew, Kansas City Rescue Mission Center, and Meals on Wheels. Zimmerman has received honors with the Best of Topeka Award representative, the dean’s honor roll, and Pinnacle Career Institute Academic Excellence. She is interested in pursuing a career as an athletic events coordinator for a major league baseball team. Zimmerman was nominated by Sigma Phi Epsilon. She is a senior majoring in communications. Her parents are Mark and Laurie Zimmerman.
Selected as Homecoming king candidates:
Slater Champlin, Concordia, Kansas, is a current member of Washburn Student Government Association where he serves on the allocations committee. His volunteer work includes Military Heroes Campaign, Livestrong, Topeka Cycle Project, the Washburn Big Event, and Red Cross. Champlin is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, Bod Squad and serves the university as a peer educator through the First Year Experience program and as a desk assistant in Residential Living. He has received honors as a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Mortar Board and is the recipient of the Robert E Duffens and Ramskill Scholarships. He was nominated by Delta Gamma. Champlin is a senior majoring in forensic chemical science. His parents are David and Trisha Champlin.
Forrest Evans, Topeka, Kansas, is the current vice president for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, as well as president for the Washburn chapter of National Association for Music Educators. His volunteer work includes iCan Bike, Hands on Topeka, Discovery Center as an instructor, and Sunflower Music Festival. Evans is a member of Washburn University Honors Program, Washburn University Orchestra, Marching Blues and Jazz Band. He has received honors with recognition on the president’s and dean’s honor roll, and his selection as the recording artist with Midwest Blue, as well as his recognition with the Jam 4 Dan Shirley Renner Award and the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championship. He was nominated by Sigma Alpha Iota. Evans is a senior majoring in music education. His parents are Andrew Evens and Sheryl Baber.
Parker Gallion, Frankfort, Kansas, is currently serving as the secretary for Alpha Delta Fraternity. His volunteer work includes American Diabetes Association as a Diabetic Counselor, the Washburn Big Event, Meals on Wheels, Frankfort United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, Harvesters, and Helping Hands Humane Society. Gallion is a member of Mortar Board, Student Nurses of Washburn, Community of Caring, Student Ambassadors, and has served the university as the summer orientation counselor intern and a resident assistant in Residential Living. He has received honors as a Garvey and Richey Scholarship recipient. Gallion was nominated by Alpha Delta. He is a senior majoring in nursing. His parents are JD and Sheree Gallion.
Ryan Kelly, Topeka, Kansas, is a current member of Washburn Debate and the Washburn Leadership Institute, where he is the director of communication. His volunteer work includes participation at the Capper Foundation and judging at the Nall Speak-Off and High School Debate tournaments. Kelly is a member of Bod Squad, Washburn Honors Council, Washburn Finance Society, and Circle K. He has received honors on the president’s honor roll and the Honor’s Program Outstanding Sophomore. Kelly was the National Parliamentary Debate Runner Up for spring 2014. He was nominated by Washburn Leadership Institute. Kelly is a junior majoring in marketing and international business. His parents are Patrick and Lisa Kelly.
Daniel Minton, Topeka, Kansas, is a current member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where is has served as president and vice president of programming. His volunteer work includes Race Against Breast Cancer, Stormont-Vail, Project Doorstep, Let’s Help, Positive Connections, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Minton has held membership in Greek Life Programming Board, Interfraternity Council, Gamma Chi Lambda, and Biology Club. He has served the university as a summer orientation counselor and resident assistant with Residential Living. He has received honors on both the president’s and dean’s honor roll, Sagamore Honors Society, and is the recipient of the Presidential and Joss Scholarship. Minton was nominated by Sigma Phi Epsilon. He is a senior majoring in biology. His parents are Mark and Maureen Minton.
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