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DWU announces 2019 homecoming royalty candidates

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Dakota Wesleyan University has announced the royalty candidates for this year’s homecoming king and queen.

Blue & White Days is Monday through Sunday, Sept. 30 – Oct. 6. Coronation will be at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 1, in the Sherman Center, and the pep rally will follow the DWU vs. Briar Cliff volleyball game Friday, Oct. 4, just outside of the Christen Athletic Center. For a full list of events, visit www.dwu.edu/bwdays  

The following are candidates for homecoming queen:

Becky Frick, Yankton, is majoring in biology. She is a member of the DWU volleyball team and serves as a campus tutor. Frick is a graduate of Yankton High School and is the daughter of Brian and Susie Frick.

Brianna Opitz, Hartford, is a nursing major. She is a member of the Student Nurses Association and serves as manager of the women’s basketball team. Opitz is a graduate of West Central High School and is the daughter of Tom and Barb Opitz.

Kynedi Cheeseman, Alexandria, is majoring in elementary education. She is a member of the DWU women’s basketball team and Future Teachers Organization. Cheeseman is a graduate of Hanson High School and the daughter of Travis and Becky Cheeseman.

Kiana Kuchta, Sioux Falls, is majoring in elementary education. She is a member of Future Teachers Organization and she is, “DWU volleyball’s number one fan,” said Kuchta. Kuchta is a graduate of Tri-Valley High School and is the daughter of Troy and Dawn Kuchta.

Mckenna Rogers, St. Michael, Minn., is a digital media and design major. She runs track and cross country for DWU, is a student ambassador, is a member of Student Ministry Council, and Student Senate. Rogers is a graduate of St. Michael-Albertville High School and is the daughter of Russ and Lori Rogers.

Sydnee Hamann, Lead, is a criminal justice major. She serves as a member of Tigers Activities Group and is a student assistant for the DWU volleyball team. Hamann is a graduate of Lead-Deadwood High School and is the daughter of Alex and Joni Hamann.

The following are candidates for homecoming king:

Collin Kramer, Volga, is a business marketing major. He is a member of the DWU men’s basketball team. Kramer is a graduate of Sioux Valley High School and is the son of Bob and Glenda Kramer.

Luke Wodahl, Buffalo, Wyo., is majoring in elementary education and special education. He played for three years on the DWU baseball team and is a member of Student Ministry Council and Future Teachers Organization. Wodahl is a graduate of Buffalo High School and is the son of Scott and Mary Jean Wodahl.

Rex Schlicht, Woonsocket, is a criminal justice major and minoring in creative writing and behavioral sciences. He is a member of the DWU track and field team, is a member of Student Ministry Council, Tigers Activities Group, McGovern Engagement Group, Third Freedom/Universities Fighting World Hunger, New Student Orientation, Student Senate – where he serves as senior class president -, is a university tutor on campus and serves as a student ambassador. Schlicht is a graduate of Woonsocket High School and is the son of Shelley Schlicht.

Ty Hoglund, Dell Rapids, is a business major with a concentration in finance and sports management. He is a member of the DWU men’s basketball team. Hoglund is a graduate of Dell Rapids High School and is the son of Mick and Shauna Hoglund.

Zachariah Gors, Tea, is majoring in elementary education. He is a member of the DWU Tiger football team, Student Ministry Council, Student Senate, Future Teachers Organization, McGovern Engagement Group, and serves as a resident assistant and student ambassador. He also serves on the Fusion Church lead team, is an Elisha intern, and participates in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program here in Mitchell. Gors is a graduate of Tea Area High School and is the son of Duane and Karla Gors.

Zachery Trieber, Brookings, is a nursing major. He competes in several intramural sports on campus. Trieber is a graduate of Brookings High School and is the son of Craig and Kate Trieber.