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DWU crowns 2018 homecoming royalty

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Dakota Wesleyan University crowned its homecoming royalty Monday night during coronation. Rylie Osthus, of De Smet, and Sam Naasz, of Winner, were named the DWU homecoming queen and king for 2018.

Osthus is an athletic training major. She is a member of the DWU women’s basketball team and Athletic Training Club. She is a graduate of De Smet High School and the daughter of Doug and Shelly Osthus.

Naasz is majoring in athletic training. He is a member of the DWU football team and Athletic Training Club and serves as the Athletic Training Club president and the South Dakota Student Representative to MAATA. Naasz is a graduate of Winner High School and is the son of Brian and Sharon Naasz.

Blue & White Days continues this week with student and community events, including the Legacy Banquet on Thursday night, the dedication of the alumni center on Friday afternoon, and the pep rally and burning of the “W” Friday night following the DWU vs. College of Saint Mary volleyball game, just outside of the Christen Athletic Center. The Blue & White Days parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street with tailgating and the homecoming football game following at Joe Quintal Field. For a full list of events, click here.

The following were also candidates for homecoming queen:

Sierra Crater, of Cavour, is an elementary education major with a Spanish minor. She is a member of the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Highlanders, Student Senate, Student Ministry Council and Big Friend/Little Friend and is also a TRiO peer mentor. Crater graduated from Iroquois High School and is the daughter of Clara and Terry Crater.

Maria Koenen, of Rock Valley, Iowa, is double majoring in athletic training and biochemistry. She is a member of the Athletic Training Club and Student Senate and is a student ambassador. Koenen also works for the Mitchell Fire Department. She graduated from Netherlands Reformed Christian School in is the daughter of Rick and Sheila Koenen.

Niki Nelson, of Platte, is majoring in elementary education and minoring in music. She is on the Student Ministry Council and a member of the DWU golf team, Dakota Wesleyan Choir and Future Teachers Organization. She is also a student ambassador and a volunteer for Big Friend/Little Friend. Nelson graduated from Platte-Geddes High School and is the daughter of Jason ex ’90 and Teresa Nelson ’90.

Morgan Ziegler, of Tripp, is majoring in athletic training. She is a member and secretary/treasurer of the Athletic Training Club. Ziegler is a graduate of Tripp-Delmont High School and is the daughter of John and Sherry Friman and Glenn and Tammy Ziegler, and the fiancée of Damon Macleary. 

The following were also candidates for homecoming king:

Bryce Blank, of Rapid City, is majoring in Christian leadership and nonprofit administration. He is a member of the Student Ministry Council, Wesleyan Band, Tiger Pep Band, and the DWU cross country and track teams. He is also a resident assistant and a student ambassador. Blank is a graduate of Stevens High School and is the son of Mike and Trish Blank.

Tyrel Haley, of Winner, is majoring in biology and psychology and is a member of the DWU football team. Haley is a graduate of Winner High School and is the son of Jim and Tracie Haley.

JT Miller, of Sioux Falls, is majoring in biology and minoring in business and is a member of the DWU baseball team. Miller is a graduate of Harrisburg High School and is the son of Brian and Tonya Miller, Sioux Falls.

Erik Wehlander, of Esmond, is a special education major and is currently student teaching at Mitchell High School. Wehlander is a member of the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Highlanders, McGovern Engagement Group, DWU theatre, Future Teachers Organization, Universities Fighting World Unger, Student Ministry Council and is a student ambassador. He is a graduate of Iroquois High School and the son of Curt ’89 and Lori ’92 Wehlander.