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Oct. 20, 2023

Ross crowned Homecoming king, Nwuba is queen

Northwest Missouri State University crowned Darren Ross and Obioma Nwuba as its 2023 Homecoming king and queen Thursday during the University’s annual Variety Show.

Clockwise from top left are Darren Ross, Obioma Nwuba, Neeli Johnson and Crosby Webster. (Photo by Lauren Adams/Northwest Missouri State University)

Clockwise from top left are Darren Ross, Obioma Nwuba, Neeli Johnson and Crosby Webster. (Photo by Lauren Adams/Northwest Missouri State University)

Ross, of St. Louis Missouri, is a senior computer science major. He is active on campus in the Minority Men’s Organization, Black Student Union, Student Senate, African Student Organization, International Student Organization and TRIO, and he serves as a School of Computer Science and Information Systems student ambassador.

Nwuba, of Anambra State, Nigeria, is a junior early childhood education major. She is active on campus in the African Student Organization, International Student Organization, Student Missouri State Teachers Association and Student Senate in addition to serving as a Career Services ambassador and Writing Center tutor.

This year’s Homecoming prince is Crosby Webster, a first grader at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville; he is the son of Josh and Heidi Webster. The Homecoming princess is Neeli Johnson, a second grader at grader at Oak Grove Elementary School in St. Joseph; she is the daughter of Blaire and Dr. Jay Johnson, who is the associate provost for academic operations and development at Northwest.

Northwest students selected the king and queen during online voting Oct. 9-17.The remainder of the 2023 Homecoming court appears below.

King candidates


Brendon Engeman

Year: Senior

Major: Agricultural business

Hometown: Montrose, Missouri

Campus involvement: Delta Tau Alpha, Colligate Farm Bureau, Order of Omega, Alpha Gamma Rho, Interfraternity Council, Student Senate



Robert Keays

Year: Senior

Major: Business management

Hometown: Raymore, Missouri

Campus involvement: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Interfraternity Council, Newman Center, Student Senate


Coy Kirby

Year: Senior

Major: Instrumental music education

Hometown: Weston, Missouri

Campus involvement: Bearcat Marching Band, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Association for Music Education.


Jacob Waters

Year: Senior

Major: Physical education

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Campus involvement: Sigma Tau Gamma, Blue Key Honor Society, Campus Recreation, StuMo, Basketball Club, Women’s basketball scout team

Queen candidates


Ashton Dain

Year: Senior

Major: Mass media: Sports media

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Campus involvement: Bearcat soccer, Blue Key Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, School of Communication and Mass Media social media intern


Jada Grovijohn

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Campus involvement: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Panhellenic Council


Elizabeth Motazedi

Year: Senior

Major: Social studies, history education

Hometown: Joplin, Missouri

Campus involvement: Student Senate, Student Regents, Phi Mu, Presidential Search Committee, Order of Omega, Writing Center


Bradlie Wilmes

Year: Senior

Major: Agricultural education

Hometown: Clarinda, Iowa

Campus involvement: Collegiate Farm Bureau, Block and Bridle, Sigma Alpha, Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association, Delta Tau Alpha


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
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