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2015 Homecoming Royalty Announced

September 24, 2015

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MACOMB, IL – Voting for Western Illinois University's 2015 Homecoming king and queen will run from Friday, Sept. 25-Wednesday, Sept. 30 at

Computers will be set up for voting in the Union Concourse from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The winners will then be announced during the Yell Like Hell event, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in Western Hall.

All of the members of the royal court will be in the WIU Homecoming Parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.

This year's Homecoming theme is "Rocky's Road trip: All Roads Lead To Western," so royalty candidates were asked, "Life is like a road trip-Where do you see yourself going in life?"

This year's candidates for king and queen, by hometown, are:

Aurora, IL - Rasheka Norwood is a senior law enforcement and justice administration major, sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

"The theme for this year's homecoming is "Rocky's Road Trip: All Roads Lead to Western. Life is like a road trip and I see myself going nowhere but forward in life. I want to be the teammate, sorority sister, neighbor and fellow peer that people reference to in what they can do and excel at all future endeavors."

Elgin, IL - Joel Carachure is a senior construction management major, sponsored by Delta Upsilon fraternity.

"I see myself working at a construction company were I am going to be a superintendent for the production of residential construction. After retirement, I would like to start a foundation where I could build homes for homeless veterans around the United States."

Hickory Hills, IL - Brandon Janda is a senior management major, sponsored by Sigma Chi fraternity.

"I will be pursuing a career in sales after graduation. I want to stay heavily involved with my fraternity both here at WIU and on the international level. I plan to give back to WIU whenever possible and other charitable organizations where I live and work."

Amy Smith is a senior special education major, sponsored by Lincoln, Washington and Grote halls.

"I plan on becoming a kindergarten special education teacher in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. I plan on continuing my education to receive my master's and doctoral degrees and starting a family within the next 10 years."

Hillsdale, IL - Rachel Wirt
is a senior human resource management major, sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.

"I have always loved the idea of traveling and getting to see different parts of the world, but I would like to ultimately have a positive impact on the lives of people, whether it be through my career or just lending a helping hand to someone in need."

Matteson, IL - Covania Washington is a senior family and consumer sciences major, sponsored by the Black Student Association.

"My current direction on my life navigation is to pursue a career in the fashion industry, which will provide me with the opportunity to help others express themselves, their culture and their identity. In addition to my career goals, I plan to create a non-profit mentoring organization for young ladies with low self-esteem. My mentoring organization will help young ladies overcome depression, bullying, low self-esteem and lack of motivation."

Monmouth, IL - Traci Bradley is a senior social work major, sponsored by Delta Zeta sorority.

"I want to work with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. My passion is to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. In life we will drive into many different forks in the road, but I know that with WIU I will make the right turn."

Princeton, IL – Zach Clark
is a senior physical education major, sponsored by Bayliss and Henninger halls.

"I want to become Teacher of the Year for the state of Illinois. I want to inspire students from different backgrounds and make a difference in their lives."

Roanoke, IL - Cameron Anderson is a junior majoring in computer science, sponsored by Lincoln, Washington and Grote halls.

"I see myself graduating from WIU with my master's degree in computer science. After that, I want to move out to California and work for a tech company. Life has many twists and turns. I may make detours or change my destination, but I am going to do the best I can on this road trip through life."

Davenport, IA – Nick Emory is a junior biology (medical sciences) major, sponsored by Tanner Hall.

"After Western, I see myself attending medical school and pursuing my dream of becoming a psychiatrist. Life is Road Trip, and Western is a pivotal stop on my journey onward. So my advice-take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, the number of doors it could open is limitless."

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