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Washburn University Homecoming candidates announced

Ten Washburn University students have been selected as candidates for 2013 Homecoming king and queen. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned on Saturday, Oct. 26 at halftime of the football game vs. Lindenwood University, Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl. The football game begins at 1 p.m.

Selected as Homecoming queen candidates:

Angelique Flinn, Topeka, is a Bonner Leader and founder and president of the Oxfam America Club at Washburn. She is a member of the American Medical Student Association, RESULTS, Biology Club and Tau Epsilon Alpha. Flinn has served as president of the Human Services Coalition and was a former member of the Washburn Dance Club, Bod Squad and Alpha Lambda Delta. Her volunteer work includes Alternative Break, Breakaway, The Big Event, Numana, the Youth Empowerment Program and Into the Streets. Flinn’s honors include a Random Acts of Kindness award, three Washburn Transformational Experiences and multiple scholarships. She was nominated for Homecoming queen by the Washburn Human Services Coalition. Flinn is a senior majoring in biology and human services and she plans to attend graduate school to study public health. Her parents are Susan McClurg-Flinn and Raymond Flinn.

Amanda Kennedy, Bartlett, Kan., is president of the Honors Student Council and a Student Leadership Council Fellow. She also is a leader in training for Christian Challenge, a member of Mortar Board and the Student Social Work Association and a peer educator in the First Year Experience course. Kennedy is a member of the Washburn Running Club and a former member of Future Alumni Network, Bod Squad and Alpha Lambda Delta. She has volunteered with The Big Event, Capper Easter Seals Foundation, Swipe Out Hunger and YWCA triathlon. She was nominated for Homecoming queen by the Honors Student Council. Kennedy is a junior majoring in social work and plans to become a family and marriage counselor after working overseas with her husband. Her husband is Elijah Kennedy.

Bonnie McKee, Abilene, Kan., is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, where she has served as academic achievement chairwoman and judicial chairwoman. She also is a member of the Biology Club, Chemistry Club and American Medical Student Association. McKee is a former member of Bod Squad and has volunteered with Harvesters, the Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Race and Breast Cancer, Memorial Health Clinic, Family Care Clinic, Run For Life and Move Crew. Her honors include Greek Woman of the Year in 2013 and members of Alpha Lambda Delta, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Tri-Beta, Nonoso, Mortar Board and Order of Omega. She was nominated for Homecoming queen by Zeta Tau Alpha. McKee is a senior majoring in biology and plans to attend medical school to become a physician. She is the daughter of Kathleen and John McKee.

Bianca Martinez, Garden City, Kan., is the president of HALO and Alpha Phi. She also is a member of Catholic Campus Center, Ichapellas and WU Buddies and a former member of CAB and FAN. Martinez was a Bonner Leader, and her community service includes Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis Food Bank, Salvation Army, Harvesters, MANA de Topeka and the American Heart Association. Her honors include Who’s Who, Nonoso, Mortar Board, Order of Omega, the MANA Latina Award, Gamma Sigma Alpha and Alpha Lambda Delta. She was nominated for Homecoming queen by Phi Delta Theta. Martinez is a senior majoring in biology and pre-med. She plans to attend medical school and work as a family doctor. Bianca, a candidate for Homecoming queen last year, is the daughter of Isabel Elias and Santiago Martinez.

Kathryn Meehan, Topeka, is the president and vice president of social standards for Delta Gamma, and a member of the sorority’s honor board. She also is president and treasurer of the Washburn University Flute Association and a member of the Music Therapy Club, Washburn Opera Studio and a drum major and section leader in the marching band. Meehan is a former summer orientation counselor and past member of the pep band. Her volunteer work includes Brewster Place, Kansas City School for the Blind, Washburn Flute Day, The Big Event and Service for Sight. Her honors include Mortar Board and Nonoso. Meehan was nominated for Homecoming queen by Sigma Phi Epsilon. She is a music education major and is the daughter of Kim Meehan.

Selected as Homecoming king candidates:

Patrick Barry, Leawood, is the vice president of Phi Delta Theta and a member of the Alumni Association, Philosophy Club, Washburn honors program, Sociology/Anthropology Club, Bod Squad and Ecobods. He has volunteered for Maggi’s Walk Against Meningitis, Ancient Order of Hibernians Catholic Charities, ALS Association, Bowling for Kids’ Sake, Let’s Help, Hats for Hope and Brothers Against Drunk Driving. His honors include Gamma Sigma Alpha, Order of Omega, the Trull Alumni Scholarship, McAttee Scholarship, Forney Academic Scholarship and Culver Memorial Scholarship. He was nominated for Homecoming king by Phi Delta Theta. Barry is a senior majoring in anthropology and psychology and plans to attend graduate school, where he will research social and cultural issues. He is the son of Carol and Daniel Barry.

Ty Concannon, Hugoton, Kan., is the president of Kappa Sigma and Sagamore and treasurer of Mortar Board and the American Medical Student Association. He is a member of the Washburn Student Government Association, Tri-Beta, Bod Squad, Biology Club, Chemistry Club and Ecobods. Concannon’s service to the community includes San Antonio Volunteer Experience, Livestrong Foundation, Military Heroes Foundation, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Harvesters and Habitat for Humanity. His honors include Greek Man of the Year in 2013, Who’s Who, Mortar Board, Gamma Sigma Alpha and Alpha Lambda Delta. He was nominated by the American Medical Student Association. Concannon is a senior majoring in biochemistry and plans to attend medical school to become a surgeon. He is the son of Barbara Concannon.

Derek Fritz, Salina, Kan., is the vice president of Kappa Sigma and past president of Greek Council. He is a member of the Biology Club, American Medical Student Association and Top City Live. Fritz is a former member of Interfraternity Council and the Leadership Institute. His volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity, Swipe Out Hunger, The Big Event, Topeka Rescue Mission, Topeka Cycle Project and Kappa Sigma Day of Service. His honors include Mortar Board, Sagamore, Who’s Who, Tri-Beta, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha and Alpha Lambda Delta. Fritz was nominated by the Dancing Blues. He is a senior majoring in biology and plans to attend medical school to become a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy. He is the son of Darlene Flemming and Doug Fritz.

 Cory Hamilton, Overland Park, Kan., is a member of Washburn’s Criminal Justice Association and a former member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He served as a big brother and mentor in Sigma Phi Epsilon and is a former student orientation counselor. Hamilton’s volunteer work includes serving as a lieutenant in the Washburn police department cadet program and as a member of the Prairie Baptist Youth. He also has volunteered for Race Against Breast Cancer, Harvesters, Move Crew and highway cleanup. His honors include the Eagle Scout Award and Balanced Man Award. Hamilton was nominated by the Criminal Justice Association. He is a senior majoring in criminal justice and plans to attend the police academy and work in the Kansas City area as an officer. He is the son of Robyn and Gary Hamilton.

Patrick Towle, Topeka, is the president of Phi Delta Theta and vice president of Mortar Board. He is a member of the cheer squad, Sagamore and Order of Omega. Towle is a former senior patrol leader in the Boy Scouts. His volunteer work includes ALS Awareness, The Big Event, Service for Sight, Breast Cancer Awareness and Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Towle’s honors include Gamma Sigma Alpha, the Eagle Scout Award and the McAtee Scholarship. Towle also was a Homecoming king candidate in 2011 and 2012. He was nominated by the Washburn University cheer squad. Towle is a senior majoring in computer information science and plans to pursue a master of business degree at Washburn before embarking on a career as a computer programmer or project manager. He is the son of Christine and Allan Towle.

Contact:
Student activities and Greek life, 785-670-1723
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153

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