Two Bismarck Residents to Reign as U-Mary 2010 Homecoming King and Queen

Bruce A. Klootwyk and Theresa J. Ell, U-Mary's 2010 Homecoming Royalty
Oct. 1, 2010

Bismarck, ND -Juniors Bruce A. Klootwyk and Theresa J. Ell, both of Bismarck, were crowned king and queen of the University of Mary's 2010 Homecoming celebration Thursday, Sept. 30, in Arno Gustin Hall. The coronation ceremony was preceded by a U-Mary Faculty/Student Jazz Combo Concert and followed by a reception for the Royal Court, their friends and guests, in Chick's Place, helping to kick-off Homecoming & Family Weekend at America's Leadership University.

Klootwyk is a business administration major with a pre-law concentration. A Student of the Month his freshman year, he is active in Circle K, Student Activities, and Student Government, where he is off-campus representative. He also has been involved in the U-Mary Lions and Optimist clubs, serving as special counsel for the latter and assisting in fundraising. Klootwyk enjoys reading and baseball. He plans to become an attorney and to pursue a career in corporate law. He is the son of Bruce and Deb Klootwyk of Bismarck.

Ell is double-majoring in early childhood and elementary education. The 2010 winner of the St. Catherine's Medal, she is president and past secretary of Circle K, president-elect of the Student Education Association, and a member of Collegians for Life. She also has served as assistant editor of The Summit student newspaper and PR chair of the Student Activities Committee, and been active in Student Ambassadors, Marauder Maniacs, and Praise the Lord. She enjoys volunteering, making jewelry, and writing. Ell hopes to teach kindergarten or first grade in the Bismarck area. Her parents are Ron and Donna Ell of Bismarck.

The couple will reign over this year's Homecoming, the university's annual celebration of school and community. 2010 Homecoming events include the Homecoming football game against the University of Minnesota Crookston, Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2:30 PM, at the Bismarck Community Bowl; a bonfire; dances for students and alums (Johnny Holm); homecoming women's soccer games and a Mass on Sunday. (See below, or visit Related events include the annual Alumni Recognition and Hall of Fame event, Friday, Oct. 1, at which alums Bill Daniel, '77, president of the Daniel Companies, will be recognized with the Harold Schafer Alumni Leadership Award, and Larissa Hall, '05 & '08, a Bismarck special education teacher, will receive the University of Mary Bell Banner Award. The event also will feature the induction of Nicole Benedict, '07 & '10; Thai (Goecke) Haggin, '01; Shandi Hertz, '02; and Brock Thompson, '00, into the Marauders Hall of Fame in recognition of their athletic achievements.

The following students who were also nominated for queen and king make up the
U-Mary 2010 Homecoming Court:

2010 Homecoming Queen Candidates

Marley C. Edinger is a senior from Carrington, ND, majoring in athletic training and pre-physical therapy. A dean's list student every semester, she was included in the 2010 "Who's Who Among America's College Students." Currently a member of the U-Mary Athletic Training Student Association, she also has participated in Student Ambassadors, Peer Mentors, and Student Government (2009-'10 vice president). In 2009, she was Peer Mentor of the Year and a winner of the Presidential Leadership Award. When not doing homework, she can be found Facebooking, enjoying music, or scrapbooking. Marley is the daughter of Mark and Jill Edinger of Carrington.

Jenna R. Herzig is a junior majoring in marketing from Berthold, ND. She is president of SPURS, on the board of directors of Collegiate DECA, and PR officer of College Republicans. She also serves as Student Government at-large senator, is active in Praise the Lord and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has been a student ambassador and peer mentor. Recognized as Peer Mentor of the Year and SPURS Member of the Year, Herzig's interests include traveling, riding horses, volunteering, and photography. Her future plans include interning at Disney World and becoming marketing director of a major company or owning an event-planning business. She is the daughter of Karla Herzig of Burlington, ND.

Margaret E. Krasowski is a junior nursing major from Billings, MT. Currently a resident assistant and a member of the Nursing Students Association, she also has been active in the U-Mary Optimist Club and SPURS. In her spare time, she enjoys cake decorating, visiting the Pumpkin Patch, and going to the zoo to see the tigers. After graduating, she hopes to work at a hospital in Billings, MT, as a Registered Nurse. Margaret is the daughter of Joseph Krasowski and Mary McEnery, both of Billings.

Laci N. Murtha, a senior from Hutchinson, MN, is a nursing major. She is captain of the Marauders Volleyball Team, active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Praise the Lord, and Nurses of America, and participated in Nursing Guatemala. Volleyball Freshman Newcomer, she was a 2009 Student Athlete of the Month, and 2009-'10 Bismarck Area Athlete of the Year. Youth leader at Evangel Assemblies of God, Murtha enjoys working with children, music, service missions, cooking, reading, and cheering on her brother and sister in sports. Her plans include returning to Minnesota and working with her dad at the VA hospital, then someday doing nursing missions around the world. Her parents are Bill Murtha of Apple Valley, MN, and Kimberly Murtha of St. Paul, MN.

2010 Homecoming King Candidates

Marcus A. Broome is a senior from Houston, TX, majoring in history education. Currently in his fourth season as a Marauders inside linebacker, he has been active in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee since his freshman year. When not playing football, Broome enjoys watching sports and movies and helping in the community. After graduating, he plans to teach history and coach football at the high school level, and would like to go on to earn a master's degree. He is the son of Tawnya Broome of Tulsa, OK.

Andy H. Hillestad, a senior from Breckenridge, MN, is majoring in athletic training and pre-physical therapy. A dean's list student for three years, he is vice president of the U-Mary Athletic Training Student Association and active in the Pre-PT Club, Student Government, and intramurals, and played Marauders baseball. He likes rip sticking, Nerfing, baseball, softball, racquetball, tennis, badminton, umpiring, and Frisbee golf. He looks forward to becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer and pursuing a DPT degree at U-Mary. Andy's parents are Lynn and Linda Hillestad of Breckenridge.

Carl S. Morris, a junior majoring in business, is from Pierre, SD. A member of Circle K and a resident assistant, he is active in intramurals and off-campus retreats. He has also been involved in Collegiate DECA and College Republicans. Carl's interests include hunting, fishing, drag racing, and food. Still weighing his post-graduation options, he is excited about following God's plan for him, whatever it may be. Carl is the son of Steve and Jean Morris of Pierre.

Wes W. Wakefield, Devils Lake, ND, is a senior majoring in business administration/finance. A 2010 winner of the U-Mary Presidential Leadership Award, he is U-Mary Optimist Club president, Student Government vice president, Pre-Law Club treasurer, and Student Equity Club chief fund manager. He is also a member of the Marauders on Business and speech teams, and has served on the Student Activities Committee. His interests include investing, playing tennis, and board games. After graduating, Wakefield plans to pursue financial internship recruitment programs for a year, and then enroll in a JD/MBA dual-degree program. His parents are Bill and Gayle Wakefield of Devils Lake.

Join America's Leadership University at its
2010 Fall Homecoming Celebration!

Saturday, Oct. 4

Homecoming Women's Soccer Game 11 AM
University of Mary vs. University of Minnesota Crookston
Bismarck Community Bowl

Pre-Game Gathering 11 AM-2:15 PM
Sponsored by the U-Mary Alumni Association and Athletic Department
Bismarck Community Bowl

Homecoming Football Game 2:30 PM
University of Mary vs. University of Minnesota-Crookston
Bismarck Community Bowl

Sunday, Oct. 5

Mass at Annunciation Monastery 11 am
Monastery Chapel

Homecoming Women's Soccer Game 1 PM
University of Mary vs. Minnesota State University Moorhead
Bismarck Community Bowl