Eileen Leong
Pierre, SD

BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary has announced the selection of its 2017 Homecoming King and Queen and their court.

Homecoming Queen is Eileen Leong of Pierre, SD. She is a senior double majoring in early childhood education and elementary education. Leong said one of her funniest college memories was when, “my friend got my kite stuck around a light pole so I climbed up the pole, channeling my inner Mulan, and ripped my jeans from front to back in the process.”




Brandon Schott
Fargo, ND

Homecoming King is Brandon Schott of Fargo, ND. He is a senior double majoring in theology and Catholic studies. One of Brandon’s funniest college moments was, “seeing the sheer terror on Michael Gorder’s face when he saw a guy dressed in a clown costume running around campus.”








Other student nominees for King and Queen included:

Beau Nutting
Gillette, WY

Beau Nutting of Gillette, WY, a senior majoring in elementary education. Nutting said one of his funniest college memories was when “my freshman year roommates and I went thrift shopping to find the weirdest clothes possible, and we took some awkward family photos in the middle of a hayfield.”






Alex Cournoyer
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Alex Cournoyer of Portsmouth, RI, a senior majoring in elementary education and special education. When asked about his greatest accomplishment, Alex said, “Influencing the lives of children with disabilities. Having worked closely with these children for the past five years I have both learned and taught many lessons, and am honored to say that I have impacted their lives.”





Michael Gorder
Eagan, ND

Michael Gorder of Eagan, MN, a senior majoring in civil engineering. Gorder said one of his funniest college memories was when “me and some classmates of mine brought pillows and blankets to the classroom so we could do our engineering homework because we knew we’d be too tired to go back to our dorms.”






Cole Girodat
Kindred, ND

Cole Girodat of Kindred, ND, a senior majoring in music performance. Girodat’s favorite part of the University of Mary is the close relationships between students, faculty and staff. “I like the personal connections I can make with my professors. I know at a larger university it would be much harder to have the relationships that I have been able to grow with many faculty members. When we say our professors truly do care about us, we mean it because we have all felt it at least once in our time here.”





Ashley Werner
Carson, ND

Ashley Werner of Carson, ND, a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders. After completing her undergrad, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s in speech-language pathology. When asked about her favorite aspect of University of Mary, she replied, “The community I am surrounded with is so welcoming, and to walk down the sidewalk and see familiar faces and exchange greetings is very homey.”






Breanna Thompson
Helena, MT

Breanna Thompson of Helena, MT, a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders. A fun fact about Thompson is that she strongly considered moving to Orlando, FL, when in high school and working at Disney World because she wanted to act as the princess Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”






Ashley Salwei
Bismarck, ND

Ashley Salwei of Bismarck, ND, a senior majoring in psychology with minors in business administration and theology. Salwei’s favorite part about Mary is its community atmosphere. “The environment allows for so many friendships while experiencing growth as an individual. The view isn’t too bad either.”






Marianne Hofer
Rapid City, SD

Marianne Hofer of Rapid City, SD, a senior double majoring in mathematics and philosophy. Hofer said, “The University of Mary has been a home to me. The intellectual , personal, and spiritual community provided by my peers, faculty staff and Benedictine Sisters is both nurturing and rigorous as it challenges me and strengthens my soul.”