KEARNEY – Eight finalists for homecoming royalty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney were announced Monday.
The king and queen will be crowned at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Health and Sports Center. They also will be recognized during halftime of UNK’s football game against Missouri Southern state at 3 p.m. on Saturday and oversee other homecoming week festivities.
Finalists were selected by student vote. The final round of voting takes place this week.
Queen candidates, and the organizations they represent, include:
Billie Kunzman, Alpha Omicron Pi – Kunzman is a senior from Alliance majoring in business administration with a marketing emphasis and minor in Spanish. She is the Alpha Omicron Pi recruitment director, secretary for Student Senate and Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society president. Kunzmn is also the Order of Omega secretary, Mortar Board director of communications and a member of the Honors Program and Newman Center.
Cacia Lyon, Nester Hall South – Lyon is a senior from Giltner majoring in organization communication with a support track in family studies. She is currently senior resident assistant for Nester Hall South and has been a resident assistant for three years. Lyhon is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, Phi Eta Sigma, Christian Student Fellowship and is the secretary of community relations for UNK Student Government.
Brooke Shoemaker, Gamma Phi Beta – Shoemaker is a junior from Lincoln majoring in advertising and public relations. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and the UNK Sapphires Dance Team. She has been on the dean’s list the past two semester. Shoemaker was a Pi Chi Recruitment Counselor for the 2014 recruitment season.
Carly Wollman, Alpha Phi – Wollman is a senior from Omaha majoring in communication disorders. She is vice president of Alpha Phi sorority, president of Order of Omega and resident assistant for University Residence South. Wollman is also a student diplomat and was a New Student Enrollment Leader this summer. She is a member of the Honors Program, Mortar Board, Loper Liaisons, Phi Eta Sigma, Gold Torch Society and Kearney Student Speech Language Hearing Association. While at UNK, she has received the Rosenlof Outstanding Sophomore Award, as well as Greek Woman of the Year.
King candidates, and the organizations they represent, include:
Brett Barnes, Centennial Towers West – Barnes is a senior from Halsey majoring in visual communication and design. He has been a resident assistant for four years, Art Society vice president and Resident Assistant Council president. Barnes is also an Outstanding Leader for the National Residence Hall Honorary and studied abroad in Australia during the Spring 2014 semester.
Robert Carson, Sigma Phi Epsilon – Carson is a senior from Kearney majoring in elementary education and mild/moderate K-6 special education. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Honors Program, and he has served as the Interfraternity Council’s recruitment chair. After graduation, he intends to teach overseas.
Sergio Ceja, Pi Kappa Alpha – Ceja is a junior from Lexington majoring in elementary education. He is currently public relations chair for Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, president for Loper Liaisons, and is on the Executive Cabinet for Student Government. This summer, he helped incoming students register for classes and get to know campus as a New Student Enrollment Leader.
Aaron McCauley, Phi Delta Theta – McCauley is a junior from North Platte majoring in family studies with a minor in sociology. He is currently president of the Council on Family Relations, a Summer Student Research Program participant, two-year Loper Leader and Welcome Week helper, and member of Loper Legion – now known as The Herd. McCauley is also an Honors Student, member of Phi Eta Sigma and serves as house manager for the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.