Nineteen Bethany College students were elected to the 2013 Homecoming court during the college’s Homecoming festivities on Oct. 4 to 6.
Every year, Bethany students select seniors to be Homecoming candidates and choose the Homecoming royalty after a second round of voting. Zach Dovenbarger, Kersey, Colo., and Eastin Casey, Natoma, Kan., were crowned the 2013 Homecoming king and queen.
Dovenbarger, son of Paul and Merilan Dovenbarger, is majoring in communications. He is a member of the football team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes president, a resident adviser and a Bethany Ambassador. Dovenbarger plans to pursue a career in network marketing and says coming to Bethany College was the greatest decision on his life and was exactly what he wanted from his college experience.
Casey is the daughter of Jay and Valerie Casey. She is majoring in biology and minoring in psychology. Casey is a member of Tri-Beta sorority, Bio-Chem Club, College Choir, Pathfinders, Bethany Ambassadors and basketball team. She will attend the University of Kansas School of Medicine next fall and plans to return to a rural Kansas area to practice as a family physician.
First runners-up were Mikhail “Misha” Zhilin, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, and Tessa Peters, Palmer, Kan.
Zhilin is the son of Valery and Elena Zhilin and is a double major in international management and finance with a minor in psychology. He currently holds the leadership positions as Pi Sigma Chi fraternity president and Greek Council vice president. He is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Psi Chi, Student Activities Board and the Bethany College and Chamber Choirs. Zhilin plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in hospitality.
Peters, the daughter of Bryce and Gaye Lyn Peters, is a psychology major. She is vice president of the Psych Club, president of Student Activities Board, member of Bethany Ambassadors and member of the Swede Government Association. She has also been a member of the cheer team and attended nationals. Peters plans to attend graduate school to study student affairs and counseling.
Second runners-up were Jedidiah Duarte, Pueblo, Colo., and Kelli Traffas, Medicine Lodge, Kan.
Duarte is the son of Joseph and Edna Duarte and is majoring in history and political science. He is currently the vice president of Pi Sigma Chi fraternity, vice president of Alpha Psi Omega theatre society and a member of the Bethany College Choir. Duarte will pursue a career on stage, television, or film.
Traffas, daughter of Rory and Jacque Traffas, is majoring in accounting with a minor in mathematics. She is a member of the softball team, secretary of the Business Club, chairperson of the Business Career Conference, member of Bethany Ambassadors, and a peer minister. Traffas plans to work at a public accounting firm while pursuing her Masters of Accountancy and CPA license.
Page 2 of 2 - Other Homecoming candidates include Kaitlyn Davis, Meghan Klaassen, Ethan Linden, Caitlyn Grey Ziegler, Wade Ahlvers, Elizabeth Ford, Eric Brown, Sarah Doering, Michael O’Connor, Hollind Englert, John “Rocky” Anthony Castro, and Kjerstyn “KJ” Hansen.