Brandon O’Connell and Kailey Hall were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the all-campus picnic Friday, Oct. 4, at Missouri Southern.

O’Connell, a junior biology major from Republic, Mo., was sponsored by the Greek Council. The son of Michelle and Christopher O’Connell, he is also a member of Kappa Sigma and the Order of Omega. After graduation, he plans to continue his studies to become a chiropractor.

Hall, a senior biology/pre-dental major from Pittsburg, Kan., was also sponsored by the Greek Council. She is the daughter of Kevin and Amy Hall, and is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, the Order of Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi, the Lion Ambassadors and Women in Science. She plans to attend dental school next fall.

The king and queen were chosen during an election earlier this week at Missouri Southern. Royalty will be recognized during halftime during the Homecoming football vs. the University of Central Missouri at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Fred Hughes Stadium.

The other finalists were:

Queen candidates

Meredith Belrose, junior early childhood development major from St. Louis, Mo.

Emma Hayes, sophomore health science/dental hygiene major from Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Emily Schubert, freshman social work major from Waynesville, Mo.

Dina West, freshman mass communication major from St. Louis, Mo.

King candidates

Zach Dobbs, senior mass communication major from Webb City, Mo.

Darius Myles, senior political science major from Tulsa, Okla.

Jake Painter, senior criminal justice major from San Diego, Calif.

Cade Winfrey, sophomore biology/pre-med major from Lebanon, Mo.