KEARNEY – Eight finalists for homecoming royalty were announced today during a pep rally on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.
Queen candidates are Jayden Fish of Kearney, Fayth Jackson of Lincoln, Kelsey Sanger of Crofton and Olivia Slater of Omaha. King candidates are Henrique Adabo of Columbus, Gabriel Amegatcher of Romeoville, Illinois, Trey Janicek of Bridgeport and Noah Limbach of Kearney.
UNK’s homecoming king and queen will be crowned Thursday night following the lip-sync competition, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Health and Sports Center. They will also be recognized during the Loper Spirit March scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday on campus and at halftime of the football scrimmage set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Cope Stadium.
Homecoming royalty are selected by two rounds of student voting, with the final round occurring this week.
Queen candidates, and the organizations they represent, include:
Jayden Fish, Christian Student Fellowship
Fish is a senior elementary education major with a 3.7 GPA. She’s a worship team leader and part of the servant team for Christian Student Fellowship, a campus ministry she’s been involved with since her freshman year. Fish is also a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, and she participates in intramural sports. She will student teach in the spring.
Fayth Jackson, Gamma Phi Beta
Jackson is a senior social work major with a psychology minor and a 2.5 GPA. She’s held numerous positions within the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and served as a Panhellenic recruitment counselor. Jackson is also a member of the UNK cheer team, serving as a captain last season, and she’s involved with TRIO Student Support Services and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In the community, Jackson volunteers with the TeamMates Mentoring Program, Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that encourages young girls to develop healthy lifestyles and positive self-esteem through weekly lessons and running activities, and The Arc of Buffalo County, which supports people with developmental disabilities. She’s also a hospice care companion. Jackson plans to work as a middle school counselor.
Kelsey Sanger, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Sanger is a senior elementary education major with an elementary math education minor and a 3.72 GPA. She’s a member of the UNK women’s basketball team and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Sanger is also involved with Brandon Built, which uses proceeds from custom furniture sales to fund community outreach programs, and Special Olympics College-UNK, a student organization that supports individuals with disabilities.
Olivia Slater, Alpha Phi
Slater is a senior sports management major with an advertising and public relations minor and a 3.74 GPA. She’s a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, UNK Student Government and Order of Omega and Mortar Board honor societies. Slater also serves as a Chancellor’s Ambassador and she was a New Student Enrollment leader last summer. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in sports management.
King candidates, and the organizations they represent, include:
Henrique Adabo, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Adabo is a junior pre-medicine student with a psychobiology major and a 3.9 GPA. He’s vice president of communications for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and vice president of public relations for the Interfraternity Council. A member of the Kearney Health Opportunities Program, Adabo is involved in the Summer Student Research Program, Order of Omega honor society, UNK Honors Program and Undergraduate Research Fellows. He received the Most Improved Member award from Sigma Phi Epsilon in 2019-20.
Gabriel Amegatcher, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Amegatcher is a junior math major with a construction management minor and a 2.816 GPA. He’s vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of the UNK football team and a success coach for younger players. Amegatcher is also involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, UNK Men’s Project and the Black Student Association. He volunteers at New Life Church in Kearney. Amegatcher plans to attend an engineering school to become a civil engineer.
Trey Janicek, Phi Delta Theta
Janicek is a senior agribusiness major with a 3.6 GPA. He serves as UNK’s student body vice president and is an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he’s held positions on the executive board. A resident assistant on campus, Janicek is also involved with Ducks Unlimited and the Mortar Board and Order of Omega honor societies. He accepted a production associate position with Bayer Crop Science that he’ll begin after graduation.
Noah Limbach, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Limbach is a junior exercise science major with a 3.91 GPA. He serves as president of the Exercise Science Club and recruitment chair for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Limbach is also involved in Thompson Scholars, Order of Omega honor society, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol, Chancellor’s Ambassadors and Volunteers Around the World, a humanitarian organization that provides medical, dental and veterinary care and health education to impoverished communities. He’s been recognized as a Thompson Scholars Learning Community Outstanding Student of the Year, Sigma Phi Epsilon Sound Body Member of the Year and Sigma Phi Epsilon Member of the Semester.