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Kreutzer and Smith Named Homecoming Queen, King at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2016) Willow Kreutzer, daughter of Gigi Kreutzer, of Lake Orion, Michigan, and Patrick Smith Jr., son of Crystal and Patrick Smith Sr., of Belleville, Illinois, were crowned the University of Kentucky Homecoming queen and king during halftime ceremonies at the UK vs. Vanderbilt University homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 8.

Kreutzer is a senior, majoring in political science with minors in international relations and gender and women’s studies and a certificate in global studies. She is the founding president of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and vice president of the political science honors fraternity, Pi Sigma Alpha. She hopes to attend graduate school to continue her studies in international relations and pursue a career in government helping women in developing countries gain more rights. She was nominated by Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Smith is a senior majoring in marketing and business management and was nominated by the National Pan-Hellenic Council. He is involved in leadership with the National Pan-Hellenic Counsel and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and has been honored on regional, provincial and national levels. In the past, he has also been involved with Student Government, the Black Student Union and the National Association of Black Accountants. After graduation, Smith plan on attending law school.

Other finalists for queen and king were:

·      DeAnna Duffy, daughter of Carolyn and Brian Duffy, is a senior from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, majoring in psychology with a minor in history. She was nominated by the Leadership Exchange.


·      Elizabeth Foster, daughter of Winnie and Joe Foster, is a junior from Owensboro, Kentucky, majoring in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics. She was nominated by Beta Theta Pi fraternity.


·      Rowan Reid, daughter of Michael and Therese Reid, is a senior from Louisville, majoring in economics and management. She was nominated by Chi Omega sorority.


·      Savanah Sellars, daughter of Thom and Melinda Sellars, is a senior from Lexington, majoring in integrated strategic communications with a minor in philosophy. She was nominated by Air Force ROTC - Flying Wildcats.


·      Evan Adams, son of Doug and Stephanie Adams, is a senior from Lexington, majoring in psychology. He was nominated by Alpha Delta Pi sorority.


·      Tommy Daley, son of Lee and Megan Daley, is a senior from Springboro, Ohio, majoring in biology and philosophy. He was nominated by Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.


·      Richie Simpson, son of David and Carol Simpson, is a senior from Lexington, majoring in economics. He was nominated by Chi Omega sorority.

·      Wit Wang, son of Qi Wang and Miao Li, is a senior from China, majoring in business management. He was nominated by the Leadership Exchange.

The winners of the Wildcat Cup were also announced Saturday. Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and STAT Team Wildcat won overall points, which were awarded for attendance, participation and victory at the events that took place throughout the week of Homecoming. The competition was split between three categories: sorority, fraternity and non-Greek.

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