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Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), crowned Maddie Arnold and Jorge Moreno as the 2021 Homecoming Queen and King during NEO’s “To the Banks and Beyond” Homecoming. The coronation ceremony took place during the halftime of the NEO Golden Norsemen versus Navarro College football game. Child attendants to the Homecoming Court were Ellie Adams and Witten Sandau.

“This is my childhood dream come true,” said Arnold.  “I am so happy and honored to have this opportunity. I want to thank Kimley, the BCM director, Dr. Stafford and the NEO staff for making this whole week possible.” Arnold represented the NEO Baptist Collegiate Ministry and is the daughter of Jason and Tammy Arnold. She was joined by the Homecoming King Jorge Moreno. Moreno, who represented the Resident Life Council is the son of Jamie Kennedy and Jorge Moreno. “I feel beyond thankful for the opportunity to be crowned Homecoming King,” said Moreno. “I have so much appreciation for those who encouraged me and gave me the ability to take this title. “Being able to participate and be a part of this has been an experience I will always be grateful for.”

New this year, King and Queen Honorees were selected by their peers. All homecoming candidates created 30-second videos introducing themselves, which were posted on social media for students to choose their favorite candidates. As part of their responsibility as Queen and King, Arnold and Moreno will represent the College by attending important events held on campus and sponsored by the college throughout the year. They also both received a $250 Foundation scholarship.

First runner-up for King was Tyler Arnold, an Agricultural Business major from Wyandotte, Okla., representing the Aggie Society. Emma Smoot, a Criminal Justice major from Claremore, Okla. and Carli Barnett, Early Childhood Education major from Copan, Okla. were selected as first runner-up for Queen. They represented the Resident Life Council and Aggie Society. Second runner-up for King was Cole Oswalt, a Criminal Justice major from Jay. Okla.

Norse Spirit was selected by student body popular vote. The winner was Carli Barnett. She was awarded a $100 Foundation scholarship. Photos from this event can be found on the NEO Facebook page.

(Top row from left: William Delozier, Makayla Cornog, Jim Rowland, Barbara Turkalj, Karley Jones, Danica Rowe, Dalton Couch, Emma Smoot, Jorge Moreno, Maddie Arnold, Aubrie Lambertson, Leah Evans, Max Snell, Dayton Fields, Carli Barnett, Tyler Arnold, Janie Adams, Cole Oswalt, Pricilla Vilar and Destry Allen. Child attendants: Ellie Adams and Witten Sandau)   For more information please contact Shelby Saul at 918-540-6211 or Shelby.saul@neo.edu.

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