A picture of the homecoming banners on the light posts in the MSUM campus mall

All nominees for Homecoming Royalty go through an interview process. The interview panel consisted of MSUM students, faculty and staff who looked for students who are enthusiastic, poised, articulate, and interested in MSU Moorhead. The number of nominees were narrowed down to the following 12 finalists!

As a note: the homecoming committee –in collaboration with other entities– has decided to rewrite the tradition of court. This year they will be crowning the top two candidates, decided by StarID holders, as Homecoming Royalty. There are enough of both tiaras and crowns should the top two candidates end up wanting to wear the same adornment.

Homecoming Candidates

Homecoming candidate Jessica ColbyJessica Colby — Tiara

This candidate is a senior student athlete who participates on the swim team. Described by their nominator as a “walking dragon”. They’re rarely seen without MSUM gear on. On campus they are a Dragon ambassador, a SOC, and a Wellness Educator. They are double majoring in Exercise Science and Multimedia Journalism, minoring in Sports Communication and getting a certificate in coaching.

Jayce Branden — CrownHomecoming candidate Jayce Branden

This candidate is a senior Graphic Communications major. They enjoy reading, writing, trying to learn languages, and coding. They hold officer positions in Web Design and Development and SPECTRUM. This person has outstanding Dragon Pride and is very knowledgeable about all of the events going on on campus on any given day because post about them as a part of their job as the Student Union and Activities’ Communication Specialist.

Homecoming candidate Kaleen KruegerKaleen Kreuger — Tiara

This candidate is a senior double major in Business Administration and Integrated Advertising. During their time at MSUM , they have been involved with: area council, emerging leaders, college DECA, and have been an RA for 2+ years. They are described as one of the most outgoing people that their nominator has ever met, and currently serve as our Student Body President.


Jacob Franz — CrownHomecoming candidate Jacob Franz

This candidate is a junior majoring in Communications Studies and Arts and Literature Education. They love being a dragon and spreading that joy amongst everyone they come across. Currently, they are an apartment assistant, and have goals of being a teacher as well as a coach. They are currently the president of Kappa Sigma.


Homecoming candidate Rachel LaforceRachel Laforce — Tiara

This candidate is described as a sweet and caring person. They are a senior majoring in Communication Studies with an emphasis in event planning and promotion and minoring in Leadership. They come from Little Falls, MN and want to pursue Student Affairs in the future. They are a Dragon Ambassador, a part of Students Today Leaders Forever as Chapter Core, and was a SOC.

Rachel Barrett — CrownHomecoming candidate Rachel Barrett

A senior Communications major with a Leadership minor. Their nominator descries them as hardworking, and interviewers enjoyed their passion for MSUM. They work in the Career Development Center and Financial Aid office and aspires to work in administration for academia or be president of the country  and is from Hibbings MN.


Homecoming candidate Kaitlin VogelKaitlin Vogel — Tiara

This candidate is an Elementary Education major with a minor in Special Education and certificate in coaching. They have been involved in choir for three years, and also are a part of Chapter Core for STLF. Their nominator described them as sweet, sassy, and someone you can’t help but smile around.

Ryan Siems — CrownHomecoming candidate Ryan Siems

This candidate is a transfer student who has certainly made an impact in the past year that they have been here. They are a senior Business Administration major, and are involved with College Republicans, and the Student Activities Budget Committee. They also work as an Office Assistant in the Office of Student Activities & First Year Programs, hold the Vice President title of Kappa Sigma, and recently started an internship with Sudexo.


Homecoming candidate Courtney JonesCourtney Jones — Tiara

This candidate is a junior Early Education major. They are described as having the biggest heart ever and as someone that is very supportive. They aspire to be a successful daycare owner and are a part of Gamma Phi Beta.


Rahil Pereira — CrownHomecoming candidate Rahil Pereira

This student is a double major in International Studies and Economics. They are an RA, a part of Emerging Leaders, volunteer at Hopkins Elementary and are also the president of the UN Society. They were described by interviewers as having immense passion for MSUM.


Homecoming candidate Ali HascheAli Hasche — Tiara

This candidate is a junior who transferred to MSUM this past spring. They are majoring in Public Relations and Human Resources. Caramel is their favorite food, they enjoy yoga and reading, and are involved with PRSSA, the Go! Team, Chi Alpha, and are a part of the volleyball team.

Isaac Skalsky — CrownHomecoming candidate Isaac Skalsky

This candidate is a senior double majoring in Chemistry Education and Physics Education. During their time at MSUM they have held the various titles: Dragon Ambassador, Dragon Mentor, Resident Assistant, and Apartment Assistant. They are a part of the Chemistry Club,  and tutor. They have goals of getting a masters degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, but are also willing to go with whatever life throws their way.


The campus population can vote here from Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 6th at 4:30pm for their chosen Homecoming victors.

Please Note: Being chosen for Homecoming Court is an honor; it should not be viewed as a competition. For this reason, no advertising will be allowed except word of mouth. The Homecoming Planning Team on the Homecoming Facebook page, Homecoming website, via Student News and Dragon Digest, will advertise all finalists. If your group violates this policy, with or without the consent of your finalist(s), your finalist(s) will be disqualified.