UW-Platteville announces 2013 Homecoming court

October 4, 2013

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Homecoming Court

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville introduced the 2013 Homecoming court this past week.

Sydney Denstorff was named Homecoming queen, while Jacob Ramos was named Homecoming king.

Denstorff is a senior psychology and criminal justice major. After graduation, she is planning to attend graduate school to study forensic psychology. Denstorff is from Carmel, Ind. and is involved on campus. She was a member of the Pioneer Dance Team for three years, but was not able to this year because of her job with Residence Life. Denstorff is a senior assistant for Dobson Hall and the National Residence Hall Honorary vice-president. She has also worked for Prospective Student Services as a peer advisor. Denstorff wanted to represent, not only Dobson Hall, but the Department of Residence Life. “UW-Platteville is the first place I have ever really felt at home,” wrote Denstorff. She has taken every opportunity to get involved on campus and Homecoming court is another way to show her school spirit.

Ramos is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in renewable energy. He is from Juda, Wis. This is his third year being a resident assistant at Morrow Hall. He plays intramural softball, basketball, football and volleyball. Ramos is also involved with planning and participating in campus events like Friday Night Club, Homecoming and hall programs. Ramos wanted to be on Homecoming court because he “loves being a leader and any opportunity to get to know new people.” Ramos represents Morrow Hall and is proud to represent UW-Platteville.

Jill Herrig is a senior biology major with an emphasis in zoology and a psychology minor. She is originally from Dubuque, Iowa. Herrig decided to run for Homecoming court to extend her leadership on campus. The organizations she is involved in require leadership skills and this was also an opportunity to be more connected to her community. Herrig represents Southwest Hall and would like to thank her professors, friends and family who helped shape her into who she is today. “Without them I would not be who I am today and I am thankful for that,” she wrote.

Nathaniel Knautz is a senior, double-majoring in industrial technology management-occupational safety management and Spanish, with a minor in business administration. Knautz graduated from Belmont High School in 2010. Knautz wanted to be on Homecoming court to meet other leaders at UW-Platteville and build a networking system on campus. Knautz wants to become a role model for younger students. He represents the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where he has been a member for three years and is currently the vice president of member development.

Douglas Posorske is a fifth-year mechanical engineering major with a minor in business administration. Posorske is from Jefferson, Wisconsin. Posorske wanted to be on Homecoming court because he has enjoyed his experiences at UW-Platteville. “I wanted the opportunity to represent this amazing school,” he wrote. This is Posorske’s first year living on campus and he is representing Bridgeway Commons.

Brian Rivers is a junior civil engineering major. He grew up in northern Minnesota, in the city of Winona. Rivers is a member of the Engineers Without Borders organization and Residence Life.  He wanted to be a Homecoming representative to express his enthusiasm for college life at UW-Platteville and he considers it an honor to represent Dobson Hall. ”The wonderful men and women from Dobson Hall make my life at UW-Platteville an enjoyable experience,” Rivers wrote.

John Skinkis is a junior majoring in industrial engineering. He grew up in Black Creek, Wis. on a dairy farm. He wanted to be on Homecoming court because he knows he can make a difference at UW-Platteville and this was a great opportunity to do so. Skinkis wrote, “I love UW-Platteville and this is a great way to give back to a campus that has given me so much.” Skinkis is representing Southwest Hall this year.

Cassandra Blatz is a fifth-year senior majoring in ornamental horticulture with a business administration minor. Blatz grew up in New Holstein, Wis. She is a member of the women’s varsity soccer team and the women’s club volleyball team. Blatz is a member of five different organizations on campus and holds three jobs while taking classes. Blatz has been involved with many different activities on campus in her four and a half years and thought she would be a great representative for Homecoming. This was also a chance for her to represent the “amazing girls I play with and who have become my family at college.” Blatz wrote that she “thought being on court would be a great cherry on top to my amazing career.”

Kristine Dreher is a fourth-year civil engineering student with a minor in renewable energy. She grew up in Muskego, Wis. Dreher wanted to be on Homecoming court because she believes she can represent many different groups within UW-Platteville. “I want to be seen as a positive role model at UW-Platteville to both current and future students,” wrote Dreher. She is representing the Pioneer Dance Team this year but she also represents the American Society of Civil Engineers, is a planning chair for the Regional Steel Bridge Conference, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Society of Women Engineers and Student Services.

Katelyn Smith is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. She grew up in Madison and recently moved to DeForest, Wis. She is a resident assistant, involved in the National Residence Hall Honorary, Society of Women Engineers and National Society of Leadership and Success. Smith wanted to be on Homecoming court to represent UW-Platteville and Porter Hall. She wants to be a good role model for others and to prove that regular, every day students, can be recognized for their accomplishments. “I am honored to represent Porter Hall,” she wrote. “I am excited to stand next to the other lovely people on court.”

Contact: D. David Nevins, Pioneer Involvement Center, (608) 342-1483, nevinsd@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, schmidtme@uwplatt.edu

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