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DWU crowns 2019 homecoming royalty

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Dakota Wesleyan University crowned its homecoming royalty Tuesday night during Coronation. Kynedi Cheeseman, of Alexandria, and Rex Schlicht, of Woonsocket, were named the DWU homecoming queen and king for 2019. 

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

Schlicht 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. He is a graduate of Woonsocket High School and is the son of Shelley Schlicht.

DWU also crowned its 2019 beanie queen and king – a title bestowed on two freshmen who have already made an impact on the campus community during their short time at DWU and have embraced DWU’s values of learning, leadership, faith and service. Rynn Osthus, of De Smet, and Matthew Schwaerzler of Fife, Washington, were named this year’s beanie queen and king.

Osthus is a nursing major. She is a member of the DWU women’s basketball team. She is a graduate of De Smet High School and is the daughter of Doug and Shelly Osthus.

Schwaerzler is majoring in sports management. He is a member of the DWU football team and is involved in campus ministry. He is a graduate of Fife High School and is the son of Tony and Carol Schwaerzler.

Blue and White Days continues this week with an array of student and community events, including the alumni Opperman Lecture on Wednesday morning, Legacy Banquet on Thursday evening, the groundbreaking for the new School of Business Innovation and Leadership on Friday at noon, Blue & White Unite – an all-alumni reunion on Friday night -, and the pep rally and burning of the “W” following the DWU vs. Briar Cliff volleyball game, just outside of the Christen Athletic Center on Friday night, as well. The Blue & White Days parade will take place Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on Main Street, with tailgating and the homecoming football game vs. Doane University at Joe Quintal Field to follow. Tiger Tailgate will begin at 11:30 a.m., with kickoff set for 1 p.m. 

 

The following were also 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.

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,” according to 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 participates in track and cross country for DWU, serves as a student ambassador, and 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 were also 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.

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 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.

 

The following were also candidates for beanie queen:

Annika Vermeulen, Mitchell, is a nursing major. She is a member of the DWU cross country and track teams. Vermeulen is a graduate of Mitchell High School and is the daughter of Randy and Lisa Vermeulen.

Sidney Muckey, Geddes, is an elementary and special education major. She serves as manager for the DWU women’s basketball team. Muckey is a graduate of Dakota Christian High School and is the daughter of Joel and Kirsti Muckey.

 

The following were also candidates for beanie king:

Logan Whittle, Watertown, is majoring in business. He competes in the pole vault for the DWU track and field team and is also a member of the cross country team. He is a member of the business club and McGovern Engagement Group. Whittle is a graduate of Watertown High School and is the son of Cory and Juanita Whittle.

Samuel Henderson, Buena Park, California, is a history education major. He is a member of the DWU football team. Henderson is a graduate of Pacifica High School and is the son of Wendy Henderson.