Front Row (Left to Right): Nikki Johnson, Mary Katherine Kington, Katelyn Brown, Logan Sparks, Liz PawleyBack Row (Left to Right): Ethan Ritter, Josiah Hanna, Eli Edwards, Stephen Bilas, Nolan Jackson
2012 UK Homecoming Royalty Candidates
Stephen Bilas is the son of David and Paula Bilas of Louisville, Kentucky. A senior Management and Finance major, Stephen was elected Student Body President for the University in March of 2012. He currently serves as a voting member on UK’s Board of Trustees, representing over 29,000 students. Throughout his college career, Stephen has been actively involved on campus, holding several leadership roles in Student Government, the Sigma Chi Fraternity, DanceBlue and the Gatton College of Business and Economics. After graduating, Stephen plans on pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration.
Nolan Jackson, the son of Bob and Karen Miller Jackson, is a senior Political Science major from Murray, Kentucky. Nolan is an active member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and currently serves as Interfraternity Council President and Student Government’s Director of Wildcat Interest Group (WIG). In 2012, Nolan’s peers selected him “Outstanding Greek Man.” A recipient of the Kentucky Society of Washington’s Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy, Nolan most recently spent a summer in Washington, D.C. in the office of Congressman Ben Chandler. In Fall 2013, Nolan plans to attend law school.
Eli Edwards, son of Donnie and Kim Edwards, is a senior from Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He is pursuing two degrees: a Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education, and a Bachelor’s in English and Linguistics. Eli currently serves as the President of the Student Senate, Alpha Phi Omega, Sigma Tau Delta and the College of Education Council of Student Leaders. He is also a UK 101 Peer Instructor and a student representative on both the University Senate Council and the College of Education Leadership Team. After graduating in May 2013, Eli plans to enter the University of Kentucky’s College of Education MIC program.
Josiah Hanna is the son of Sarah and David Hanna of Lexington, Kentucky. A Computer Science and Mathematics major, he participates in his own undergraduate research on artificial intelligence systems with Dr. Judy Goldsmith and promotes undergraduate research within the Society of the Promotion of Undergraduate Research. Josiah serves as an active member in Triangle Fraternity where he has served as Vice President of Membership for the past year. In his free time he enjoys any kind of sport or physically challenging activity.
Ethan Ritter is a senior majoring in Animal Sciences and Biology. He is from Butler, Kentucky and the son of John and Kelly Ritter. He works at the University of Kentucky Visitor Center, sits on the K Book Editorial Board and serves as the Overall Chair for UK DanceBlue. He is happy to call this campus his home for the many wonderful academic and leadership opportunities it has presented him. Even though his time at UK is coming to an end, Ethan knows that he will uphold the traditions of the University and will always be proud to call himself a wildcat.
Katelyn Brown, daughter of Dr. Terry and Jamie Brown, is a junior accounting major from Hanson, Kentucky. Katelyn serves as an Executive Council officer for Alpha Gamma Delta as well as executive committee chair for Team Wildcat and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow. She is a member of the Honors Program, where she acts as a student ambassador, and serves as the GSP/GSA Alumni Club Vice President. Additionally, Katelyn is a Singletary Scholar and a Global Scholar. After graduating next year, she plans to become a CPA and then attend law school.
Nikki Johnson, a senior Exercise Science major, is the daughter of Stacy Cava of Louisville, Kentucky and Dennis Johnson of Evansville, IN. Nikki is a graduate of Owensboro High School in Owensboro, Kentucky. Nikki is a William C. Parker Scholarship Recipient and serves as the Vice President for Membership for the Kentucky Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Nikki hopes to further her education with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
Mary Katherine Kington is the daughter of Charlie and Katherine Kington of Madisonville, KY. She is a senior Finance major and enjoys involvement with campus organizations such as Chi Omega Fraternity and DanceBlue Corporate Committee. Mary Katherine currently serves as the Student Body Vice President through the Student Government Association and was previously a three-term senator. She represents students on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and also directs the Freshman Leadership Development Program. Upon graduation Mary Katherine plans to attend law school at UK in hopes of pursuing a career as an estate planning attorney.
Liz Pawley is a senior Communication major from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Dan and Lisa Pawley. Liz serves as Team Relations Chair for DanceBlue, and has been actively involved with the organization since her freshman year. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and serves as the sorority’s Service and Philanthropy Director. Liz has also held leadership positions with UK FUSION and Panhellenic Council, and is a member of Communication Honor Society. She hopes to continue her education and earn a graduate degree in Career Counseling.
Logan Sparks is an Integrated Strategic Communication major from Mayfield, KY. She is the daughter of Brad and Teri Sparks. During her time at UK she has served as President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Public Relations Chair for DanceBlue and been an active member of many other campus organizations, including the K Book Editorial Board and Student Development Council. In addition to her participation in many extracurricular activities, she has worked as a University of Kentucky Visitor Center Campus Tour Guide and Wildcat Ambassador since her freshman year. Upon graduation, Logan hopes to work as a Leadership Consultant for Alpha Delta Pi sorority and has plans to eventually pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs.