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Highland student running for homecoming queen at SIUC

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Peyton Gehrs gives a final wave at this year’s pageant before her year as Madison County Fair Queen came to an end. Gehrs was named county fair queen in 2015, and she is now vying to become homecoming queen at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Peyton Gehrs gives a final wave at this year’s pageant before her year as Madison County Fair Queen came to an end. Gehrs was named county fair queen in 2015, and she is now vying to become homecoming queen at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. clibbra@bnd.com

Peyton Gehrs, a senior agricultural systems and education major from Highland, is one of five students vying to become homecoming queen at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Homecoming 2016 celebration is Oct. 16-23 and 10 students are serving in this year’s court and vying to become the king and queen.

Students will vote online from 8 a.m. Oct. 17 through 8 a.m. Oct. 20. The coronation will take place at halftime of the football game. The Salukis will host the Indiana State University Sycamores at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Saluki Stadium.

Gehrs, the daughter of Matt and Jill Gehrs, is a 2013 graduate of Highland High School and was the 2015 Miss Madison County Fair Queen.

Other SIUC homecoming queen candidates are:

▪ Nicole Hanke, a senior civil engineering student from Carlyle;

▪ Beryl Span, a senior criminal justice major with a minor in sociology from Chicago;

▪ Naomi Tolbert, a junior political science and international studies major from Carbondale; and

▪ Rose Weisenstein, a senior nutrition and dietetics major from Belleville.

This year’s king candidates are:

▪ Rudy Bacette, a senior psychology major with a minor in communication studies from Evanston;

▪ Kenneth Hiemer, a senior history education major from Frankfort;

▪ Jermaine D. Hughes Jr., a senior criminology and criminal justice major from Richton Park;

▪ Philip Kains, a senior mathematics major from Springfield; and

▪ Orlando Toatley, a senior radio, television and digital media major with a speech communications minor from St. Louis.

“A Saluki State of Mind” is the theme for this year’s festivities.

Check out the complete homecoming schedule and find more information online at www.homecoming.siu.edu.

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