Northwestern Homecoming was an all-around success despite rain; Homecoming 2019 date set

October 10, 2018

Ranger Royalty flower girl Hadassah Taylor (front left) and crown bearer Trendon Ricke (front right) escorted Blake Humble and Madison Hofen, who were crowned Ranger King and Queen during Northwestern’s Homecoming halftime event. Freshman Queen Maya Stewart (back right) was named in an earlier on-campus ceremony and joined the group for the halftime event.

Despite the rainy weather, hundreds gathered around the downtown square on Saturday, Oct. 6, for Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s annual Homecoming parade, then headed to Ranger Field to watch the massed bands perform, learn who the Ranger Royalty and homecoming button winners would be, and to watch the Ranger football team defeat East Central University 17-7, all to celebrate Northwestern’s homecoming.

The theme was “Get Rowdy! Homecoming 2018”. People came from all over to be in Alva for this event.

Leading the parade on Saturday was parade marshal Dr. David Bohlen, former student and retired faculty member of Northwestern (1973-2000).

After the conclusion of the parade, the winners of the floats and bands were announced.

First place for on-campus floats was Aggie Club/Young Farmers & Ranchers, second place was Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and third place was Delta Zeta sorority.

In the off-campus, non-profit float category first place went to Cherokee Strip Museum.

For the off-campus, commercial business float category, first place went to Beadles Nursing Home, second place to Alva State Bank and third place to Cargill Salt.

The President’s Award for the best overall float went to the Cherokee Strip Museum. The Northwestern Alumni Association Ranger Spirit Award for the float depicting exceptional Ranger spirit went to Aggie Club/Young Farmers & Ranchers.

Unfortunately, the rainy weather caused nine bands to pull out of the parade leaving 10 bands to participate. Bands who placed include the following:

Middle School – Outstanding Drum Lines, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale and Blackwell; first place in the marching competition, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale; second, Blackwell; third, Chisholm.

Class 2A High School – Outstanding Color Guard, Seiling; Outstanding Drum Line, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale; first place in the marching competition, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale; second, Cimarron; third, Seiling.

Class 3A High School – Outstanding Color Guard, Alva; Outstanding Drum Line, Chisholm; first place in the marching competition, Alva; second, Chisholm.

Class 4A High School – Outstanding Color Guard, Kingfisher; Outstanding Drum Line, Hugoton, Kansas; first place in the marching competition, Hugoton; second, Kingfisher.

The weather also caused a number of bands to cancel being a part of the massed band performance during pre-game of the Homecoming football game. Of the 14 bands registered, only five bands participated bringing the size of the performance down from about 1,000 students to about 250.

Northwestern played host to several other activities including the alumni band and cheerleaders and the crowning of the Ranger King and Queen.

This year’s Ranger Royalty included Ranger King Blake Humble, a senior health and sports science major from Midland, Texas, who was sponsored by the Northwestern football team. He is the son of Jason Humble and Jodie Sims.

Ranger Queen is Madison Hofen, a senior vocal music education major from Alva, who was sponsored by the Northwestern choir. She is the daughter of Brian and Lynn Hofen, and Marrisa Hofen.

Maya Stewart of Alva was crowned Freshman Queen during the Ranger Royalty Finalist banquet. The English education major is the daughter of Chris and Tisha Stewart.

Winner of the Northwestern homecoming button drawing for the $500 Alva Chamber Bucks was Brenda Shipley Brady of Alva.

Northwestern’s on-campus activities had a great turnout of decorations that showed Ranger spirit.

First place for the on-campus Paint Palooza Board Competition was the NWOSU Art Society with the Castle Players Theatre Troupe taking second place.

The winner of the residence hall decoration contest was Fryer Hall.

The winning window display went to the Division of Nursing, and the door decoration winner was Jill Lancaster, head coach for cross country and women’s track and field.

Northwestern’s Homecoming Committee had a drawing incentive for button salespersons where two winners could take home $50 in Chamber Bucks. The winner of the drawing for button salespersons for on-campus sales was Shawna Gilbert, access services librarian and assistant professor of library science for Northwestern, and the winner for off-campus sales was Halah Simon. 

“Thank you to everyone who sold and purchased Northwestern homecoming buttons and to those merchants who provided incentives to be used with these buttons,” Karen Koehn, Homecoming button chair, said. “When I see the flags being hung around the square and the excitement in the air around Homecoming, my heart and hopefully yours, jumps just a little bit. This is a great community, and the support you invest in our university’s homecoming is heartwarming. Homecoming festivities are only successful when the entire community comes together to make it work. You continue to inspire me and restate my favorite saying, ‘Lucky me…I live in Alva, OK!’”  

Homecoming is a community effort, and the homecoming committee is grateful to everyone who made the week and official homecoming day a success.

“Despite the rainy weather this year, Homecoming 2018 is in the record book,” said Dr. David Pecha, homecoming chairman and vice president for administration. “Thanks to all of the friends and alumni of Northwestern that battled the elements over the weekend to take part in the many homecoming events. The committee has already started work for Homecoming 2019!”  

Homecoming 2019 is set for Oct. 26, 2019. Be watching for a contest to open during the spring semester to enter ideas for next year’s homecoming theme and parade marshal. Until then, a website has been established for people to enter the competition at The homecoming committee will consider all entries and make an announcement of the new theme and parade marshal during the spring semester.

Photos from the homecoming events can be found at


Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist; 580-327-8480

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