Get to know Tarleton’s homecoming nominees

By: Blair Phillips

Multimedia Journalist

At the Lighting of the Smokestack Oct. 11, the student government association (SGA) announced this year’s homecoming court. Voting for king and queen opened Oct. 11 and closed Oct. 16.

Tarleton lighting of the smokestack.
Photo by Kaley Dowell.

The 2020-2021 Tarleton State University homecoming queen nominees are: Jordan Fourtner, Emily Kahler, Kendall Lisle, Sarah Naser and Kassidy Reye.

Jordan Fourtner is a nursing major from Midlothian, Texas. While at Tarleton, Fourtner served as a Residential Leader (RL), was a Tarleton Transition Mentor (TTM) the past two summers, has served as the Delta Zeta VP of programming and is the current president of Delta Zeta. Jordan’s favorite Tarleton tradition is the purple poo. After graduation, her dream job is to work as an NICU nurse and to eventually work as a travel nurse.

“I am so shocked and honored to be nominated for homecoming court,” Fourtner said. “I’ve loved this school so deeply for so long and have worked hard to serve my organizations. To feel the love and support I’ve received from this family has been so mind blowing and I feel so lucky to be surrounding my such amazing people that love this school as much as I do!”

Emily Kahler is a junior studying communication with a minor in English and is from Austin, Texas. She is involved in the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, Honors College Student Association, ASL Club, TTM program, is a student worker and serves as the Alpha Gamma Delta VP of recruitment. Emily’s favorite tradition is the purple poo because of all their hard work and dedication they put into keeping the spirit alive at Tarleton. After graduation, she plans to find a job in social media communications.

“I feel so incredibly honored to be nominated for homecoming court this year,” Kahler said. “I was definitely not expecting it and feel so loved by this community – it makes my heart full!”

Kendall Lisle is a senior agricultural education major from Paradise, Texas. Kendall is involved in Alpha Gamma Delta, Livestock Judging, round-up, residence life, collegiate FFA and is a VPSA student worker. Lisle’s favorite Tarleton tradition is convocation because it is where we light our Tarleton flames and officially become part of the Tarleton family. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school at Texas Tech University to study agribusiness, as well as run her businesses Load Up Aussies and Heads Up Genetics.

“I am delighted to be nominated and sit on the homecoming court,” Lisle said. “It is something that special to Tarleton and I’m honored to be a part of it. I think it is so important that members of the Tarleton family are nominated each year out of good faith. I hope myself, as well as the rest of the court, truly made an impact on Tarleton, and it’s people, during our time here!”

Sarah Naser is senior kinesiology major with a minor in psychology from Killeen, Texas. Her freshman year, she was involved in The Sound and The Fury. Naser is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, where she has served as VP of operations, CAP, social media coordinator and is serving her second term as president. She has served as a TTM for three summers and was on orientation staff and leadership team. Naser’s favorite Tarleton tradition is yell contest. After graduation, Naser would like to earn her masters in athletic training or in higher education to go into student affairs.

“I feel blessed,” Naser said. “This position has already impacted me greatly, and I’m very thankful that I am able to experience this opportunity. It is such an honor to be representing a place that has given me so much and has shaped me into who I am today.”

Kassidy Reye is a senior fashion studies major with a minor in business from Austin, Texas. She currently serves as the Alpha Gamma Delta president and the Couture Club vice president. While at Tarleton, Kassidy has also served on SGA, was a 2-year TTM and was on orientation staff. Reye’s favorite Tarleton tradition is yell contest because she loves a little friendly competition. After graduation, her plans are to move to LA or Austin to pursue her fashion career by starting her own denim line called REYE denim.

“I feel so honored knowing that my peers nominated me to be part of homecoming court,” Reye said. “I’m so blessed that the student body saw something in me through my three and a half years here. If you asked me if I thought I’d make homecoming court my senior year I’d never believe you.”

The 2020-2021 Tarleton Homecoming King Nominees are: Sebastian Canales, Noah Cedillo, Adrian Manning, Skyler Sandusky and Mark Woods.

Sebastain Canales is a senior kinesiology major from Carrollton, Texas. At Tarleton, Canales has served as a TTM for two years and played on the men’s club volleyball team. As a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served as the VP of recruitment, VP of philanthropy, social chair and vice president of the chapter. Sebastian’s favorite Tarleton tradition is convocation. After graduation, Canales plans to continue schooling to become an occupation therapist and work with children.

“Being nominated to be on this year’s homecoming court means so much to me,” Canales said. “I’m so honored to be one of the candidates to represent Tarleton. This school has given me my forever friends and so much more. Due to COVID-19, my senior year is not what I expected, but Tarleton continues to work hard to give us students the best experience. It’s crazy to think that I am on our first D1 Homecoming Court! This is history in the making!”

Noah Cedillo is a psychology major from Austin, Texas. Cedillo is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha where he served as social chair, the VP of the philanthropy and is the Delta Zeta Beau. Cedillo’s favorite Tarleton tradition is silver taps. After graduation, he plans on being a christian counselor for kids and working for his dad’s church.

“It’s a great honor and I never thought that I would be in the position that I am in today,” Cedillo said. “It’s just amazing to be a part of an amazing University.”

Adrian “AyeTrain” Manning is a senior kinesiology major from Killeen, Texas. At Tarleton, he has been involved in MENtal Freedom, Tarleton activities board, SGA, the TTM program, orientation staff, track and field, Minority Student Organization, alternative spring break, Tarleton round-up and was a RL. Manning’s favorite traditions are purple pancakes and the bonfire. Manning plans to continue his education in the athletic training master’s program here at Tarleton.

“I feel extremely thankful and blessed to be nominated for this year’s court,” Manning said.

Skyler Sandusky is a senior kinesiology major from Forestburg, Texas. Sandusky has been a decathlete for the Tarleton track and field team for four years and serves as the SGA athletics congressperson. He served as a TTM and was on the TTM leadership team and orientation staff. Sandusky has also served as a RL and office assistant. His favorite tradition is not walking on the grass because “it’s classy.” After graduation, Sandusky plans on getting his master’s degree at Tarleton and continuing on to Parker Chiropractic College to obtain his doctorate in chiropractic studies.

“It is a great honor being nominated to not only the Tarleton Homecoming court, but the first Division 1 Homecoming court,” Sandusky said. “I have met my fellow nominees throughout my years at Tarleton, and all of us being here together at the end of our trip here, at the best kept secret in Texas, is heartwarming and exciting! Despite COVID restrictions, this is going to be a great homecoming, as it always is here at Tarleton!”

Mark Woods is a senior communications studies major from Whiteface, Texas. While at Tarleton, Mark has attended ASB for three years and was the student advisor. He is the current president of Farmhouse fraternity and was previously the Director of philanthropy. Woods is the current student advisor for Tarleton Serves, is an intern for Leadership and Service Programs, and works in the greek life office. He is also a member of Turning Point USA and has served as a TTM. After graduation, Mark would like to move to Destin, Florida to work as a wedding planner and to surf.

“It is such an honor to be nominated for homecoming court,” Woods said. “I did not expect it at all, but I am more than grateful.”

The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the Homecoming football game next semester.

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