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      Caleah Kitchens and Michael Dixon are the 2016 Homecoming Queen and King

      Carlie Sisco, English and creative writing, ‘19

      King and Queen

      Seniors Michael Dixon and Caleah Kitchens are the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen.

      Widener University crowned seniors Caleah Kitchens and Michael Dixon Queen and King during the 2016 Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 15.

      Caleah Kitchens

      "Having an opportunity to represent my university while standing alongside some of our campus' most influential leaders, let alone being crowned Widener's 2016 Homecoming Queen, is more than a privilege; it's an honor," Kitchens said. "There's no doubt in my mind that Widener is exactly where God intended me to be and will be one of my 'points of pride' for the rest of my life."

      Kitchens made a last-minute decision to attend Widener after getting deferred by a larger state university that she thought was her destiny. Looking back, the Burlington, N.J., native now realizes that the deferral put her on her true path to happiness at Widener, where she says she has had boundless opportunities to pursue both academic and extracurricular pursuits.

      A biology major with her sights set on medical school, Kitchens has been a resident assistant and an academic tutor. She has traveled to Texas for Alternative Spring Break, conducted research alongside faculty, played rugby and has had many other adventures, which have further integrated her into the Widener community and made the university her home away from home.

      Michael Dixon

      Dixon had a much different start to his Widener journey. Selected as a recipient of the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Scholarship, the Chester, Pa., native saw attending Widener as a way to give back to his community while also pursuing a degree.

      In addition to his focus on service, Dixon has been a resident assistant, a student assistant for the Office of the President, a CREW leader for three years with the Office of Student Life, chair of the Finance Committee for the Student Government Association and a member of the university's Honors Program.

      While he is grateful for the education and opportunities Widener has afforded him, he says that he cherishes most the relationships he has built with individuals across campus.

      "Some of the most incredible people in my life are those who I encountered during my time here," he said. "The honor of being named King showed me that there are so many people on this campus who genuinely love and support me, so much so that they took the time to elect me, and for that I am forever grateful."

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      The Court

      Students on the 2016 Homecoming Court represent diverse majors, interests and peer groups.

      A Diverse Court

      Austin Duckett, interim assistant dean for student life at Widener, said that the Office of Student Life defines diversity as the appreciation and amalgamation of all things that are different and unique. He said that the Homecoming Court represents diversity at Widener each year and that this year was no different. As evidenced by Kitchens' and Dixon's biography, this year's court had individuals from various academic majors and interests, student groups and peer groups. This year's court included fraternity and sorority leaders, resident assistants, CREW Leaders, Service Scholars, student athletes and more.

      "What's remarkable about these students each year is that they are nominated and selected by their peers," Duckett said. "The Homecoming Court is simply a smaller subset at Widener University that represents the rich fabric of students with different perspectives, backgrounds and interests. It's one of the things that makes Widener truly a great place to study and work."

      2016 Homecoming Court

      Michael Dixon
      Dante Dibattista
      Blaine Price
      Forrest Holmes
      Caleah Kitchens
      Emily Wright
      Ashley Rundell
      Sarah Cox

      Homecoming/Family Weekend 2016 Photos

      To view an album capturing the highlights of Homecoming/Family Weekend 2016, visit Flickr.


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