West Liberty University names 2017 king, queen at homecoming game

WLU’S ROYALTY — As part of homecoming festivities at West Liberty University Saturday, Jeremiah Ortiz and Desi VanCuren were selected as the 2017 homecoming king and queen. -- Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University students selected Desi VanCuren of Laurelville, Ohio, and Jeremiah Ortiz of Rochester, N.Y., as Homecoming Queen and King 2017.

The crowning took place in a ceremony at halftime during Saturday afternoon’s homecoming football game against the Glenville State University at West Family Stadium.

“We had nine deserving king and queen couples this year for our homecoming election and all of them are active and loyal Hilltoppers. We congratulate them all for their excellence in representing our student body,” said Student Government Association President Adam Croasmun, who took part in the crowning ceremony.

VanCuren represented Chi Omega sorority and is majoring in dental hygiene. A junior, she is the daughter of Doug and Theresa VanCuren.

A senior running back for the Hilltoppers, Ortiz was in the locker room during halftime ceremonies but received his crown when the team returned to the field for the second half.

He is a digital media design major and son of Leon Ortiz and Linda Hertes.

Voting took place on Oct. 11 as students marked their ballots in the College Union.

Also honored at the homecoming game were the 2017 Wall of Honor alumni: John Hennen ’70, Katie Kacmarik ’08 and Al Roszczyk ’80 who received awards during the President’s Recognition Dinner, held Friday at the Highlands Event Center.

Also honored on the field were significant athletic donors, alumni Jack Adams, McMurray, Pa.; Charlie Annett, Weston, Fla.; Nick Sparachane, Wheeling, W.Va.; H.R. “Bucky” Knopf, Avon Lake, Ohio and Gary E. West, Wheeling and Naples, Fla.