LEXINGTON, Kentucky (October 15, 2022) — Gracelyn Bush, of Owensboro, Ky., and Johnny Zelenak II, of Oldham County, Ky., were crowned 2022 University of Kentucky Homecoming Queen and King during halftime ceremonies at the football game United Kingdom v Mississippi State Homecoming at Kroger Field on Saturday night.
Bush is a College of Public Health senior pursuing a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree in public health on the pre-physician assistant track. She is currently the General President of DanceBlue and an active member of Chi Omega Sorority.
Zelenak is a senior who is also pursuing a degree in public health with a minor in communications. Currently, Zelenak is on the accelerated 4+1 Master of Public Health – Health Management and Policy track. He is Chair of Mini-Marathons for DanceBlue, Peer Instructor for the College of Public Health, and Student Organization and Activities Advisor for Student Engagement. He has served as Resident Councillor, General Chairman of the Out of the Darkness March, and Recording Secretary of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Earlier this week, Jordan Smith and Aneisha Cox were crowned Mr and Mrs Black UK 2022. The Mr and Mrs Black UK Scholarship Competition is an annual ceremony presented by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Chapter Mu Epsilon from Delta Sigma. Theta Sorority Inc.
Smith, from Henderson, Kentucky, is a senior neuroscience major with a minor in psychology at the UK College of Arts and Sciences. Health care is his passion and he wants to create a more inclusive environment for minorities in this field. Focused on creating a sense of community on the UK campus, he is a member of several student organizations including Implicit Dance Crew, Cats for Christ and K Crew.
Cox, from Radcliff, Kentucky, is a junior dual major in business management and marketing at Gatton College of Business and Economics. She aspires to become a pharmaceutical representative and create her own dance company. She is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in the community through minority youth. She is involved in many organizations on campus, including Implicit Dance Crew, PINK Campus Team, and Samsung College Program.
Students are nominated to the Homecoming Court by their peers. The winners were determined by student voting earlier this week.
The other finalists for Homecoming King and Queen were:
- austin king, a senior from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, studying at the College of Engineering and Lewis Honors College seeking a degree in chemical engineering as part of a business career. He is a Senator for the UK Student Government Association (UKSGA), a K Board Student Ambassador and an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In the past, he was President of the UK chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
- Brennen C. Mullins, a senior from Floyd County, Kentucky, is studying civil engineering in hopes of pursuing a doctorate in aerospace structures. He is also a student at Lewis Honors College.
- Matthew Williams, a senior from Berea, Kentucky, studying chemical engineering. He is Holmes Hall’s Senior Resident Adviser and one of the UK Visitor Centre’s co-directors of tours. Other notable on-campus commitments include serving as director of the student organization Wildcat Ambassadors, working in pharmaceutical research on campus, serving as team captain for intramural football, and representing the Kingdom United at the national level at the Student Development Institute on the subject of promotion. diversity and inclusiveness during campus tours.
- Isaac Sutherland, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia, studying political science and community and leadership development, and studying at Lewis Honors College. He is part of many organizations on campus, including DanceBlue, Chi Psi Fraternity and UKSGA. Sutherland hopes to attend law school to become a foster lawyer.
- Jocelyn Grimsley, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, double majored in Health Promotion and Community Development and Leadership with a minor in Coaching. She is President of the Black Student Union, Vice President of Underground Perspective, Past Diamond President of the Softball Club, Student Ambassador of the College of Education and Chaplain of the Iota Mu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. She works for the UK Soccer Team . as a student video manager and is also an involvement advisor for student organizations and activities. Grimsley serves in the United States Army National Guard and upon graduation will be commissioned as a second lieutenant.
- Catherine Cermac, a Louisville senior, pursuing a dual degree in biology and neuroscience with minors in math and Spanish. She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and president of the Panhellenic Council. She hopes to pursue her passions through a career in medicine and one day plans to travel the world to provide access to equitable medical care while learning the customs and traditions of other cultures.
- Olivia Whitfield, a senior from Pikeville, Kentucky, majoring in neuroscience. She worked in a spinal cord injury research laboratory focusing on autonomic dysreflexia and the effects of mitochondrial implantation in the spinal cord. She is currently a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and is the Acting Secretary of the Appalachian Health Initiative club. She was recently accepted into the UK College of Medicine.
- Shannon Nguyen, a senior from Louisville, majoring in biology with a minor in neuroscience, and studying at Lewis Honors College. She is a first-generation college student who dreams of going to medical school. She is currently President of Alpha Phi Sorority, Research Assistant in the Department of Biology, Team Captain for DanceBlue, and the University’s Official Student Host through Alumni Ambassadors. She is also a mentor for S-STEM scholars. In her spare time, she teaches biochemistry and volunteers at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.