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Higher Ed Day at the State Capitol




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Connors State Attends Higher Ed Day at the State Capitol


undreds of students, faculty, and staff members from Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities traveled to the state capitol on Tuesday, to promote the value and importance of higher education in the state. “Today, more than 300 students from Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities, as well as members of our statewide campus community, met with legislators to underscore the importance of restoring funding for higher education,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We believe that higher education is the best investment in Oklahoma’s economic future. The State Regents’ Task Force on the Future of Higher Education has affirmed that we must remain focused on increasing college degree completion in our state.”

Among the hundreds included Connors State Student Government Association members and the President’s Leadership class, along with a nearly a dozen faculty and staff members from the college. The students took this rare opportunity to meet with their local state representatives and thank them for their contributions to help restore higher education. Kelton Wiggins, SGA President, met with Representative Avery Frix, District 13, and thanked him for his efforts. “This is an experience I won’t soon forget,” said Wiggins. “We had the opportunity to meet with the people who run this state and talked to them one-on-one, putting a face with a number. We hope that the next time they are

making a decision concerning higher education, they’ll think about all of us, and make a smart choice.” Jeff Hickman, the newest member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and former Speaker of the House, challenged the students to become engaged with their state representatives and senators. “Don’t be bashful to share your thoughts on higher education with your legislators,” said Hickman. “There are no better advocates for higher education than you, the students from the colleges and universities across our state.” Speakers included Gov. Mary Fallin; Sen. Roger Thompson; Rep. Jadine Nollan; State Regents chair Ronald H. White, M.D.; State Regent Gen. Toney Stricklin; State



Regent Jeffrey W. Hickman; Chancellor Glen D. Johnson; and President Jerry Steward, Oklahoma City Community College. Four students also spoke at the event. Nikoma Early, Western Oklahoma State College; Erica Stephens, Oklahoma State University; Kalen Russell, University of Central Oklahoma; and Yaseen Shurbaj, University of Oklahoma, told attendees how they have benefitted from higher education and how attending one of Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities has positively impacted their lives. For FY 2019, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have requested $901.9 million, which reflects an increase of $128 million over the FY 2018 appropriation of $773.6 million. Strengthening Oklahoma’s workforce pipeline through the Complete College America degree and certificate completion plan continues to be the state system of higher education’s top priority. The State Regents are requesting $107 million for degree completion programs and 4


initiatives. This investment will provide state colleges and universities funding to meet instruction and academic enterprise requirements and for institutional scholarships. Increased financial aid funding will also be a priority for the State Regents in the upcoming legislative session. The State Regents are seeking $18.4 million to restore scholarship programs, including Academic Scholars, the National Guard waiver, and the Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship. The request will also fully fund the concurrent enrollment program, which provides tuition waivers to high school seniors who enroll in college coursework during their senior year. The State Regents are seeking $2.9 million to restore shared service programs provided in support of the colleges and universities, including database fees, subscriptions, legal services, and federal health and safety resources. Another area of focus during the legislative session will be maintaining current law regarding weapons on higher

education campuses. Oklahoma higher education does not oppose the Second Amendment or gun ownership. Under current law, campus presidents have the discretion to grant exceptions to the weapons ban when an exception is warranted. The State Regents and the presidents of all 25 state system institutions strongly believe that expanding authorization to carry weapons on higher education campuses would create a more dangerous environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. The State Regents will also continue efforts to preserve the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship as an access program. Recognized by many as America’s best college access program, Oklahoma’s Promise is considered a model that combines emphases on academic preparation and financial support for college. More than 80,000 students have earned college tuition scholarships through Oklahoma’s Promise since the program’s inception in 1992.


PLC Recognizes Muskogee County Law Enforcement


The President’s Leadership Class of Connors State College recognized Muskogee County law enforcement officers on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in the Nursing and Allied Health Auditorium of the Muskogee Three Rivers Port Campus. The recognized men and women included: Kermit Thomas III, Haskell Police Department; Roger Posey, Bacone Campus Police; Faye Banks, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office; Trevin Lipe, Webber Falls Police Department; Robert Francis, Oklahoma Highway Patrol; Jimmy Catron, Porum Police Department; Daren Staley, Warner Police Department; Mark Campbell, Muskogee Police Department. The students of the President’s

Leadership Class took time to reach out to the recognized officer’s superiors and asked them to provide a biography of the officer, a photo and any and all warm-wishes they would like to give the officers. The students then read aloud the biography of the officers being recognized and handed them a certificate of appreciation and posed for a photo. Connors State College President Dr. Ron Ramming welcomed the audience to the ceremony, letting all in attendance know just how much the Connors State family respects and appreciates these men and women who protect our community. “We are honored by all of your presence tonight,” said Ramming. “This is the President’s Leadership Class’ program,

and I cannot think of a better group of students to be in charge of this program, and I cannot think of a better group of people to recognize in our community. Thank you all for being here.” Rochelle Vanover, PLC Advisor recited a poem she had written for the ceremony titled “To Protect and Serve”. “This annual event is a great way for our President’s Leadership Class to show gratitude to our local law enforcement,” said Vanover. “We want to express our thanks to the officers and their support system who showed up to the event.” Vanover said this is her first year with this ceremony and has a number of ideas on ways to improve on the event for the next year.



Opening Day Baseball Bash & Auction


n Saturday, January 27, supporters of Connors State baseball gathered in the Warner Student Union for the Fourth Annual Baseball Opening Day Bash & Auction. Cowboy fans had a chance to meet the 2018 baseball team and coaches, enjoy ballpark foods and bid on auction items during the Cowboy’s fund-raiser. Live and silent auction items were donated for this annual event.



The money collected will be used for artificial turf on the Biff Thompson Field at Perry Keith Park in Warner, home of the Cowboys. Auction items included: Texas Rangers baseball tickets and dinner at two Rows restaurant; Arrowhead Float Trips; golf for four at Muskogee Country Club; St. Louis Cardinals tickets; Kansas City Royals tickets; Tulsa Drillers tickets; and countless other Cowboy themed memorabilia.

Cowboy Family

Heather Lester, Faculty


eather Lester, math instructor, teaches a variety of courses at Connors State College, ranging from developmental mathematics to trigonometry, including applied mathematics, college algebra and geometry. Lester is a product of Connors State College, graduating in 1998, before receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Northeastern State University. She was a member, and secretary, of the

first President’s Leadership Class at Connors State in 1997. When she graduated she was presented with an award for services to the institution for her work in helping to get the PLC established and assisting in writing the first class handbook. “I graduated from Connors State in a year and a half, with no concurrent high school credits,” said Lester. “I started the summer after I graduated high school and completed my associates the following fall. I then graduated NSU with my Bachelors a year and a half after graduating from Connors, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. “Connors State is my Alma Mater, I look back at my time at the college with fondness and respect,” said Lester. “I delight in watching students participate in the same activities that I enjoyed while at Connors and appreciate the opportunity to help prepare them for a bright future.” Lester said working exclusively on the Warner campus allows her to stay close to home and more time to spend with her

daughter, to help her with school activities. “Connors State is a good place for students, because it offers an exceptional educational experience for a great value,” said Lester. “Our instructors are some of the finest in the country, and they value the student’s experiences. We truly try to make sure each student receives the best educational experience possible.” Lester said she believes the best thing about working at the college is the family atmosphere. “From the administration to the faculty and staff, everyone is treated with respect and there is a great sense of loyalty to the institution,” said Lester. Lester has been married to her husband Bryan for 16 years. They have two wonderful children: a son, Wes, who is a captain for SkyWest Airlines and a daughter, JaiCee, who attends Oktaha. They enjoy basketball, motocross, hunting, and fishing and are active members in their church and enjoy traveling every time they have the opportunity.

Teresa Williams, Staff


eresa Williams, Human Resources Representative, was born and raised in the Brushy Mountain area along the Arkansas River. After high school, she earned her Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma Christian University in American Studies. At Connors State, Williams is the Human Resources Representative, a role she began in 2009, and Interim-Benefits Administrator and was originally hired as the Payroll Coordinator back in August 2007. “I chose to work at Connors State because my parents were getting older and I needed to move back home to help look after my mother who had Alzheimer’s,” said Williams. “My father, who turned 94 in February, only needs help making out his bills. He still drives and daily feeds his dogs, horses, and mules.” Williams said the best part of her job is welcoming new people.

“I’m generally the first person who interacts with them, whether I’m calling to set their interview or visiting with them before their interview to help them relax or conducting their new-hire orientation,” said Williams. “Connors State has impacted my life in so many ways. Working here allowed me to move back to ‘the old home place’ where four generations now reside. There are people at Connors who will remain life-long friends because they’ve become as close as family.” Williams believes firmly that Connors State is a good place for students because “We change lives.” “There is a special student at Connors State who is dear to my heart,” said Williams. “Many of the faculty and staff will know who I’m talking about. This young person has blossomed here at Connors, which proves just what an impact Connors State has on young

lives. We, as faculty and staff, are molding the next generation.” Williams says that retirement is just a few years down the road for her, and that’s where she plans to be – on the road. “My grandson is positive that we’ll be following bluegrass festivals around the country, plus I have about 20 more states to visit,” said Williams. “I’m just not sure how I’ll get the RV to Hawaii.” CONNORS CONNECTION


Tony Hrynkiw, Student


ony Hrynkiw, Connors State Cowboys baseball team catcher, comes to Connors State from Brampton, Ontario, Canada and currently still lives there when

not attending classes. Hrynkiw graduated from St. Edmund Campion Secondary School. “Growing up I wanted to be a professional baseball player, and I still do,” said Hrynkiw. “I chose Connors State because I felt it was the best place to further my baseball career and also my academics.” Hrynkiw said that Connors has impacted his life in a positive way, because it is his home away from home. “Being part of the Cowboys baseball team, coached by Perry Keith, has taught me life lessons I would have never learned anywhere else,” said Hrynkiw. “My first year at Connors State, I left four days before the spring season because I was dealing with depression and anxiety. While dealing with this I did not want anything to do with the college, all I wanted was to go home, because my mind was very

unclear on what I wanted in my life. When I got home I felt even worse. I am truly grateful for the type of person Coach Keith is, because he gave me a second chance the following season and it was like nothing I had ever felt before.” Hrynkiw says he has had the best time of his life at Connors State, and being part of this team reassured him on what he truly wants out of life. “The opportunities Coach Keith and Connors State have given me are like no other,” said Hrynkiw. Outside of baseball, Hrynkiw is a wellknown and well-respected student on the Warner campus. As any faculty, staff, or student will tell you, Tony is one of the nicest students around, and is always eager to help out others any chance he gets.

Dewey Grigsby, Alumni


ewey Grigsby currently lives in Muskogee, where he was active in the community and served on the Hilldale Public Schools Board of Education. He attended Canadian Public Schools, where he graduated in 1963. Dewey played the point guard position for Canadian Schools and holds the records for free throw and shooting percentage. After high school Dewey enrolled and continued to play ball for Connors State College. After graduating from Connors he finished his physical education degree at Northeastern State University. In 1969 he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served his country with distinction and bravery. He returned from the war in 1971 and the following year he married the love of his life Brinda Hearod. They first settled in Checotah, owning and operating 69 Diner. While Brinda operated



the diner, Dewey was out on the open road hauling watermelons, onions and various other loads to make ends meet. Dewey is a trucker at heart and that is where the dream of Trucks for You was started on those long hours out on the open road. Dewey moved his family to Muskogee in 1979 where he started in the sales and service business of trucking, before eventually starting Trucks for You, a long haul trucking company which he built into one of the premier regional companies in trucking, in 1986. Dewey and Brinda have two daughters: Misty and her husband Chad Choat, who live in Claremore, and have two daughters of their own, Shelby and Morgan; Dusti and her husband Jay Calavan, who live in Fort Gibson, with their two sons Carson and Conner. Dewey recently retired from the day-to-day

operations of the business so he can spend more time chasing his four grandkids around in all their activities. If you ask Dewey his greatest accomplishment in life he is sure to point to his relationship with God and acknowledgment of his savior Jesus Christ. Dewey is a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather that is admired and loved by many.

Connors Quality Course Certification


onnors State Title III Department has implemented a way to certify both online and hybrid courses as quality courses. Connors Quality Course, CQC, is modeled after Quality Matters, QM, a national

certification process. Three Connors faculty completed the process to have their courses QM certified. These courses are: Robin O’Quinn’s Strategies for Success, Lori Palmer’s Art Appreciation, and Heather Lester’s Applied Math. After putting these courses through the QM process, the CQC model was put in place. The process includes a request from the instructor for a course to be certified. The instructor reviews their course with the CQC course evaluation rubric for self-evaluation. Once the instructor feels the course is ready, a team of three reviewers, two from within Connors, and one from another school

evaluate the course with the CQC rubric. Once the course passes review it is certified as a Connors quality course and the CQC logo is placed onto the course. The following instructors and courses have been CQC certified: Tomi Kirkpatrick’s Microeconomics, Shyanne Ledford’s Intro to Sociology, Gina Jones’ Fundamentals of Computer Usage, Online and Hybrid, and Martha Asher’s General Psychology. Connors State would like to congratulate and thank these instructors for the many hours they spent to have their courses certified. Connors is fortunate to have teachers willing to work diligently to improve the student experience.

Connors Employees Stitch Together A Way To Give Back


group of five women, Amy Peterson, Debra Kinman, Chris Smith, Gwen Rodgers, and Patty Webber, all of whom love to crochet, began a group known as “Caring Stitches.” Together they made an afghan for an eleven-year-old boy who recently had a stroke. Gwen Rodgers, Title III Project Manager, says the boy went home last week from the hospital.

“We thought it would be fun to each crotchet one skein of yarn, adding together to make an afghan, then give it away,” said Rodgers. “This young man received the first of what we hope will be many more Caring Stitches afghans.” Attached with the Afghan was a note that read: “As you wrap yourself in the soft thread we hope you find encouragement and know there are many caring people

in this world. We have all been on the receiving end of kindness and would like to pass it along.” The group met for lunch at Emily’s Tea Room in Gore, Oklahoma on Thursday, February 22, 2018 to celebrate the completion of the first afghan. They have already started on the next project and are excited to complete another Caring Stitches afghan. CONNORS CONNECTION



Connors Students To Present at NCUR


our Connors State College students have been selected to present at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April held this year at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. This conference is specifically designed for undergraduates to present on their research. Shyanne Ledford, s ociology instructor, said these four students were given ten days to put together their abstracts, and all four submissions were accepted. “This is not a competition,” said Ledford. “These students have already won, because their abstracts have been accepted and they have the privilege to present at a national level.” The 2018 NCUR is the premier forum showcasing undergraduate student research and innovation. Thousands of student presenters and faculty research mentors, representing national and international colleges and universities will make their way to Edmond in the spring.



The students were selected through a competitive review process and will represent all academic disciplines and share their research as a scholarly poster and oral presentation. The students representing Connors State are: Jeremy Thompson, Gore sophomore; Hank Coppin, Keefeton sophomore; Hailey Varnell, Porum sophomore; and Rhiannon KaShay Moore, Broken Arrow sophomore; Shyanne Ledford will also attend as their research mentor. Along with the presentations, the students will have an opportunity to attend the many conference workshops held, and have opportunities to meet and engage with guest speakers, and to interact with like-minded peers from around the world. Rhiannon KaShay Moore considers herself to be environmentally aware and stated she has noticed an increase in earthquakes within the past five years since fracking has becoming more

prevalent in the state. Her abstract is titled “Misleaders of Fracking: What citizens and policy makers need to know”. “This is a having a huge impact on our environment, we are finding data that shows our water is starting to become increasingly polluted,” said Moore. “My reasoning to address this topic is to dig in and find out why we are using this technique. If it is damaging, then I want to know why we continue to use this method.” Hank Coppin’s abstract is titled “Misinformation: The role of media and the lasting effects”, his presentation will show the different ways misinformation is being used in the media and he plans to elaborate on the negative ways the media impacts people’s lives. Jeremy Thompson will be presenting his abstract titled: “Prison to Prison Pipeline”. Hailey Varnell’s abstract is titled “Beauty standards: Helpful of harmful?”. With this topic, she will discuss whether or not eating patterns may exist because of unrealistic beauty standards perpetrated and upheld by various social institutions. “I hope by analyzing the relationships between society’s expectations of beauty and eating disorders, that it may reveal harmful effects stemming from the socially constructed standards of beauty that are perpetrated today,” said Varnell. Ledford said she is extremely honored to work with future researchers who are excited and passionate about their topics. “As a new member of the Connors State faculty, I am thoroughly impressed by the efforts these students have taken to succeed,” said Ledford. “Our students will be standing alongside research students from prestigious universities, and these students will have the chance to show off their talents.” Ledford said she has been fully supported by the Connors administration during this process and thanks them for removing any barriers they have encountered along the way.

Athletics Cowboys Scrape By With 69-68 Victory Over NOC-Enid


arius Roy sank the front end of a one-and-one free throw with one second left to lift the number 12-ranked Connors State Cowboys to a heart pounding 69-68 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Northern Oklahoma-Enid Monday, February 19, at Mabee Center Field House in Enid, Oklahoma. The Cowboys improved to 24-3 for the year and 12-2 in league play to remain tied with Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa for the

top spot in the OCAC. “We just didn’t play well tonight, but we got through it,” said Cowboys head coach Bill Muse. “Our offense just wasn’t there tonight. But we were able to hold on, barely.” Connors held a 66-63 lead with 1:16 remaining in the game and went up 68-63 on a Roy bucket, who finished with 18 points, with 50 seconds left. The Jets cut the Cowboys lead to two points 68-66 on a three-point basket by Sebastian Gray, who finished with 16 points to lead the Jets, from the right corner with 29 ticks on the clock. Then on the in bounds pass, Cowboys Ra’Shawn Langston, who was apparently fouled, but not called, was whistled for traveling. The Jets’ Kennan Balance then scored with 22 seconds remaining to tie the game at 68-all. The Cowboys were able to get the ball in play and moved it down the floor when Roy was fouled by Balance, setting the stage for Roy’s dramatic winning free throw. Mason Jones followed Roy in the scoring with 17 points with Langston and

Burke Putnam adding 10 each. Putnam came off the bench in the first half to score 10 points to ignite the Cowboys to a 30-24 advantage after a sluggish opening 15 minutes of play. “Putnam’s play in the first half was critical,” said Muse. “He stepped up, where Langston didn’t do much the first half.” The two clubs played to a 13-13 deadlock for the first six minutes of the opening half. Terrance Jones broke the deadlock with a bucket then entered Putnam. Putnam scored back-to-back baskets to give the Cowboys a 20-13 lead with 4:49 left in the half. After a Jets basket, Putnam added two more buckets giving Connors a 24-15 advantage with 3:41 remaining. A.J. Cockrell scored on a 10 footer followed by Jets’ basket, before Putnam scored his tenth point to put the Cowboys out in front by 10 in the first half, their largest lead. Connors’ largest lead of the game was 12 points, 61-49 with six-minutes remaining.

Cowgirls Crush Redlands, 91-53


t wasn’t close as the Connors Cowgirls crushed visiting Redlands Community College 91-53 in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Melvin Self Field House on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Cowgirls opened the game with a 13-0 run and never looked back. Connors’ largest lead of the night was 45 points 85-40 with 6:51 remaining in the lopsided contest. Connors improves to 14-13 on the year and 5-8 in league play. Redlands falls to 15-8 and 8-4 as they only had six players suited up for the game.

“Redlands was a little short-handed tonight, but we came in with the game plan of pushing the tempo,” said head coach Jamie Fisher. “We shot the ball exceptionally well. “I am very proud of our girls for the simple fact we needed a win in the worst way. Every game is important and we have to finish strong. I thought everybody played well,” said Fisher. Cowgirls had four players score in double figures led by DeAuja Thompson with 23 points. Sadie Carter added 18 with Tierra Jones scoring 15, and Jordan Austin adding another 14. CONNORS CONNECTION




Connors State Rodeo Competes in Kansas


he Connors State College Rodeo team competed at the college rodeo hosted by Kansas State University February 16-18, 2018. Colten Kropf

finished second overall, second in the short round, and fourth in the long round in the tie down roping. Jeremy Carney finished third overall, third in the short

round, and first in the long round in tie down roping. Bobbi Jo Devereaux finished sixth in the long round and qualified for the short round in Women’s Barrel Racing.

Judgers Take Home High Team Overall at Dixie Nationals


he Connors State Livestock Judging team competed at the Dixie National in Jackson, Mississippi on February 11, 2018. The sophomore and freshman teams were both awarded High Team Overall. Individual results are as follows: Sophomores - Logan Corbett, first high

individual overall, third in English cattle, sixth in Brahman, continental cattle, and oral reasons; Austyn Fuss, sixth high individual overall, first in reasons, second in Brahman cattle, third in steers, and fifth in continental cattle; Ben Porter, third in Brahman cattle and tenth in reasons; Sam Brake, eighth in Brahman cattle.

Freshman - Shyann McWhirter, first high individual overall, sixth in continental cattle, seventh in English cattle, tenth in steers, and tenth in reasons; Kinder Harlow, second high individual overall, first in English cattle; Cotton Reinke, fifth high individual overall, third in Brahman cattle; Braeton Kimble, sixth high individual overall, first in continental cattle, third in steers, seventh in Brahman cattle, and ninth in reasons; Will Shelby, seventh high individual overall; Alex Theodore, ninth high individual overall, second in steers, third in reasons, and fourth in Brahman cattle; Tierani Johnson, fifth in steers and sixth in reasons; Jonathan Jones, sixth in steers, ninth in Brahman cattle, and tenth in continental cattle; Tyler Sale, sixth in Brahman cattle; Eli Smallwood, seventh in continental cattle.

Beef Show Team Places High At Dixie Nationals


he Connors State Beef Show team competed at the Dixie National Livestock Show in Jackson, Mississippi, February 12, 2018. The results are as follows: Red Angus Show - Class 1 showed by Corey Myers first and reserve Division; Charolais - Show Class

11 showed by Bryce Wilson placed first as well as reserve division champion; Class 45 bulls showed by Callie Meeks placed first, Division Champion and Grand Champion Charolais Bull; Class 12 showed by Lindsay Burke placed first in Division Champion and Champion

Charolais heifer; Angus show - Class 8 showed by Jessica Burge placed eighth in a very tough class. Santa Gertrudis Show - Class 2 showed by Lindsay Burke placed third; Class 4 showed by Jessica Burge placed second; Bull Class 24 showed by Bryce Willson placed third.



Campus Life

Connors State Aggie Homecoming


onnors State College held their annual Aggie Homecoming coronation at the half-time of the Connors State and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College men’s basketball game on Thursday, February 1, inside the Melvin Self Field House. Sophomores Logan Corbett and Austyn Fuss were crowned the 2018 Aggie Homecoming King and Queen. Attendants included: Alexa Wandrey and



Alex Theodore; Bailey Rigdon and Jeremy Carney; Brooklyn Herriman and Robert Ernsting; Charlye Colley and Stetson May; Drew Willingham and Maverick Williams; Jacy Ward and Gatlun Thomas; Kayley Stubblefield and Colton Sides; Jessica Burg and Colton McCorkel; Shyann McWhirter and Riley King; Tierani Johnson and Derek Sharp; Austyn Fuss and Cotton Renke; Bryce Wilson and Logan Corbett; Claire Bradbury and Sam Brake; Fernanda

Grisales and Ben Porter; Lindsay Biscoe and Colin Miller; Madison David and Eli Smallwood; Megan Phillips and Landon Baker; Michaela Clark and Kinder Harlow, Braeton Kimble; Sophie Akuna and Nick Hayes; Zoey Carter and Ryder Gann. Logan Corbett and Austyn Fuss are both members of the Livestock Judging team, active members of the Aggie Club, members of Phi Theta Kappa, and serve as 2017-18 Ag Ambassadors for Connors.

Connors State All-School Homecoming


onnors State College held their annual All-School Homecoming coronation at the half-time of the Connors State and Redlands men’s basketball game on Thursday, February 15, inside the Melvin Self Field House. Sophomores Kelton Wiggins and Shea Lynch were crowned the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen. Attendants included: Shea Lynch escorted by Alex Shaffer, representing

the softball team; Paiten Parry escorted by Trent White, representing the cheer team; Charles Farrow escorted by Charity Royse, representing NASA; Brook Moses escorted by Colin Miller, representing the President’s Leadership Class; Kassi Burkart escorted by Callen Haydon, representing Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Rhiannon Moore escorted by Colby Holman, representing the Business Club; Bailey Lawrence escorted by

Chisolm Daily, representing the rodeo team; Mindy Howell escorted by Dane West, representing the Social Sciences Club; Ashley Laughlin escorted by Dakota Byus, representing Ducks Unlimited; Shelby Skaggs escorted by Robert Ernsting, representing the shooting team, Austyn Fuss escorted by Logan Corbett, representing Aggie Club; Mesa Adams escorted by Kelton Wiggins, representing the Student Government Association.





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