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WIU Homecoming Royalty Announced

October 3, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Voting for Western Illinois University's 2013 Homecoming King and Queen will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 on campus and online, with the winners crowned Thursday, Oct. 10 at the annual Yell Like Hell rally at 7 p.m. in Western Hall.

This year's Homecoming theme is "The Rocky Games: Western Is United." Voting on Homecoming royalty ends at noon Wednesday, Oct. 9 and can be completed online through the STARS system.

This year's candidates for King and Queen, by hometown, are:

BROOKFIELD – Andrew Aviles is a junior majoring in communication and minoring in marketing. He is involved in coaching a children's soccer team in Macomb and has participated in numerous philanthropic events in the community. At Western, he is involved with Sigma Chi, Order of Omega and Interfraternity Council and serves as a resident assistant and on the Orientation Team and plays club soccer. He previously served on the Student Orientation staff and as a Student Government Association senator. Aviles is sponsored by Sigma Chi.

CHATHAM – Abbey Johnson is a junior majoring in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in dietetics. She is involved with Relay for Life, the Food For Thought afterschool program, writing a pediatric nutrition lesson for the Horrabin Hall daycare and in a pilot wellness program. At Western, she is involved in Chi Omea, as a house manager and the sisterhood chair, as a recruitment counselor for Rho Chi, as president of the Food and Culture Club and as a student ambassador. Johnson is sponsored by Chi Omega.

CHICAGO (60638) – Madaline Cozzi is a sophomore majoring in communication and minoring in broadcasting. She has been involved with the Stuff the Bus food drive and in various activities with Alpha Sigma Tau and is the chair for the Tau Challenge. She is also a student representative for Interhall Council, was pledge class president for Alpha Sigma Tau and served on the Homecoming Committee. Cozzi is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau.

FARMINGTON – Chris Guidi is a senior majoring in theatre and minoring in English literature and Spanish. He is involved in the Pi Kappa Phi/Best Buddies Partnership and is a volunteer at Camp Big Sky, and at Western, he is a resident assistant, a desk assistant, a member of the Student Orientation staff and the Student Orientation Team, served on the Homecoming Committee (2012) and is involved with University Theatre, the Pi Kappa Phi Executive Board and Sigma Tau Delta. Guidi is sponsored by Tanner Hall.

LELAND – Caleb Nanzer is a junior majoring in law enforcement and justice administration and minoring in women's studies. He is a resident assistant and desk assistant and served as chair of the Bayliss/Henninger Mud Volleyball Committee. He is also a summer resident assistant and desk assistant, is involved in intramurals and is on the Resident Assistant Council. Nanzer is sponsored by Bayliss and Henninger halls.

MACOMB – Steven Wailand is a senior majoring in chemistry, with an emphasis on pharmacy, and minoring in neuroscience and pre-law Honors. He is Macomb's Second Ward alderman, is a township trustee for Macomb Township, is a third degree Master Mason, is outreach coordinator for the McDonough County Young Republicans and is a Big Brother in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program. On campus, he has been vice president of the Student Government Association, former director of Academic Affairs and Senator-At-Large, a Centennial Honors College Senator, historian for Pi Kappa Phi, president of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, president of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a staff leader for Student Orientation, Chemistry Department representative to the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council, on the Chemistry Department Grade Appeals/Academic Integrity Committee, Chemistry Department Ambassador, Student Honors Association member, former Comedy Chair for the University Union Board, former Recruitment Chair for Habitat for Humanity, a member of College Republicans, the 2013 Truman Scholarship Institution nominee and a former member of the Provost's Advisory Group. Wailand is sponsored by Pi Kappa Phi.

NAPERVILLE – Shelby Rogers is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry and mathematics. At Western, she is on the Orientation Team, serves as a resident assistant, is the Tanner Hall student secretary, works as a desk assistant/desk captain, is director of Student Services on the Student Government Association, is president of the University Union Board, having served as its treasurer and coffee house committee member, and serves on the National Association of Campus Activities Regional Conference Planning Committee and as secretary of the Saint Baldric's Day Executive Board and participated in Students Today, Leaders Forever. Rogers is sponsored by Thompson Hall.

OAK PARK – Gabby Mouzon is a junior majoring in sociology and minoring in political science. She is involved in the annual Thanksgiving Day Project and Stuff the Bus food drive, and on campus, she is a member of the Western Anthropology and Sociology Club, the Black Student Association, has served as a Student Orientation leader and on the Student Orientation staff and participates in Alpha Pi Alpha's Miss Black and Gold Pageant, was chair of the 2012 Homecoming Royalty Committee, is a recipient of an Act of Kindness Award, works as a resident assistant and desk assistant and is a member of the Picture Perfect Modeling Troupe. Mouzon is sponsored by the Black Student Association.

PLAINFIELD – Matt Jeslis is a senior majoring in law enforcement and justice administration and minoring in homeland security and management. He is an Eagle Scout and volunteers through various fraternities and student organizations. At Western, he is a resident assistant and serves on Pi Kapp Phi, is president of the National Residence Hall Honorary, is a peer mentor and serves as a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon and as a desk assistant and Go West security guard. Jeslis is sponsored by Tanner Hall.

ROCKPORT – Ami Davis is a senior majoring in elementary education with an emphasis in social studies, science and English. She is involved with the Adopt-A-Street Program, the Smokin' Hog event and volunteers with the annual Tevar Run/Walk and is a lifeguard and volunteer at a community club in Rockport and volunteers with the Lion's Club. At Western, she has been assistant vice president for recruitment, vice president of internal affairs and Student Government Association liaison for the Panhellenic Council, vice president of Rho Lambda, Greek God and Goddess Committee Co-Chair for the Greek Week Committee for Sigma Sigma Sigma – Beta Epsilon and chapter president, ritual chair, Mr. Greek Committee member, Slate Committee member and Sisterhood Committee Chair for Sigma Sigma Sigma and involvement in Student Education Association. Davis is sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma.

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