The Ranger Games: Catching Fire Homecoming wrap up; date set for Homecoming 2015

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The Ranger Games: Catching Fire Homecoming wrap up; date set for Homecoming 2015

 Parade Marshal, Dr. Rex Mahlman and wife, Marcia

Parade Marshal,Dr. Rex Mahlman (right), and his wife, Marcia (left), lead Northwestern’s 2014 Homecoming parade.
Floats were built, the bands were ready, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s 2014 Homecoming was a success!

The 2014 Northwestern Homecoming brought several alumni back to Alva to enjoy a weekend of festivities. The theme was The Ranger Games: Catching Fire.

Northwestern had several different activities from pep rallies and reunions to the annual homecoming parade and football game, as well as the traditional crowning of the homecoming king and queen, and to listen to the alumni and Ranger bands, and to cheer with current and alumni cheerleaders. There also was a dedication in the Northwestern Newsroom in honor of Wayne Lane, a longtime Northwestern journalism instructor and public relations director.

The parade was led by Northwestern veteran, Dr. Rex Mahlman. Mahlman retired as School of Practical Arts and Sciences Dean.  He also acted as professor and School of Business chair.  He retired after 25 years of working at Northwestern.  Homecoming is a special time for Mahlman as he was on the homecoming committee for 20 years, seven of those as acting chair.

“Having worked on the committee for 20 plus years and knowing the quality and caliber of the Parade Marshals in the past, it’s very humbling to be considered on that same list,” Mahlman said. “I think the tradition behind the parade has been very consistent in past years, and I do believe that is a strength.”

After the parade the winners of bands were announced and winners of the floats were announced during the homecoming football game.

ASA sorority's float
Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority won first place for the on-campus float category, as well as the President’s Award.

First place for on-campus floats was Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority; second place was the Aggie Club; and third place was the Delta Zeta sorority. In the off-campus/non-profit organizations category, first place went to Cub Scout Pack 392; second place was Wood County Democrats.  In the off-campus/for-profit organizations category, first place was Beadles Nursing Home; second place was BancCentral National Association; and third place was Alva State Bank and Trust Company. The Spirit Award went to the Northwestern Aggie Club and the President’s Award went to Alpha Sigma Alpha.

The winning bands were announced by class. The Junior High Class A first place winner was Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Junior High School, directed by Sherri Lohmann and Kathy Jantz.  In High School Class AA, first place was the Pioneer-Pleasant Vale High School band, directed by Sherri Lohmann. In High School Class AAA, first place went to the Alva High School Band, directed by Cara Bradt. In High School Class AAAA, first place went to Woodward High School, directed by Daci Crockett; second place went to Hugoton High School, directed by Amy Freeman. Kismet-Southwestern Heights band from Kismet, Kan., directed by Erika Clausing, was acknowledged with a participation award.

Various on-campus decorating contests also took place for homecoming.

On the Northwestern-Alva campus, the homecoming door decoration contest winner was the Student Services Office. The Window/Display winner was the Education Department. On the Enid campus, the Window/Display winner was the Enid Campus Library. On the Woodward campus, in first place for the Window/Display was maintenance, and second place was Social Work Association for Tomorrow (S.W.A.T).

Winners in the spirit sheet contest included the NWOSU Art Society, first; Math Club, second; and Castle Players, third. The winner of the dorm decoration contest was Fryer Hall.

During halftime of the Ranger Homecoming football game on Oct. 18, Morgan Renbarger, a junior from Calumet, and Bruce Wright, McKinney, Texas, senior, were crowned as 2014 homecoming queen and king.

 Ranger Royalty

Emily Grace Harris (left) was crowned as Freshman Queen the Tuesday, Oct. 7. Morgan Renbarger (center) and Bruce Wright (right) were named the 2014 Ranger King and Queen during halftime of the Ranger Homecoming football game.  They are pictured with flower girl, (front, center) Presley Jones, and ring bears, Carson (left) and Caden (right) Kaiser.

Renbarger is an early childhood education major and was sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and Ranger cheerleading, of which she is the captain. Renbarger also serves as the secretary of Student Government Association (SGA) and vice president of member education in Alpha Sigma Alpha. She is the daughter of Steve and Lindy Renbarger.

Wright is a mass communication major and was sponsored by the Northwestern men’s basketball team. He was a two-year starter for the men’s basketball team and now serves as student-assistant. Wright is the son of Bruce and Karen Wright.

In a separate election, Emily Grace Harris, a freshman from Alva, was chosen as the 2014 Freshman Queen.

Harris is an education major and is active in Bible Chair and SGA. She is the daughter of Patrick and Resa Harris.

Watch the NWOSU Homecoming 2014 recap video at

The date for next year’s homecoming celebration is Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Keep watching for an announcement on when the Homecoming theme contest will open. Everyone is welcome to enter ideas for the homecoming theme and parade marshal by submitting ideas at The homecoming committee will consider all entries and make an announcement of the new theme and parade marshal when the contest has concluded and the winning theme is decided.