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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Students celebrate their Royal Swag at special event

  • An opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, organizations and sporting teams that help make Lake Region State College what it is, that's what the Royal Swag coronation held Wednesday at the Robert Fawcett Auditorium was all about. The event was sponsored by the Lake Region State College Student Senate.
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  • An opportunity to recognize individuals, programs, organizations and sporting teams that help make Lake Region State College what it is, that's what the Royal Swag coronation held Wednesday at the Robert Fawcett Auditorium was all about. The event was sponsored by the Lake Region State College Student Senate.
    In addition to crowning eight students as royalty, the event also served as an opportunity to give the Lake Region State College women's basketball team a proper sendoff. The squad left Thursday for the NJCAA Division 1 Championship Tournament held in Salina, Kansas. Both portions of the evening celebrated the accomplishments of Lake Region State College students.
    The presentation began with an opportunity to meet all 30 Royal Swag candidates. Each pair of candidates represented a group, student organization, academic program or team.
    The candidates and the party they represented were as follows: Basketball, Patrick Thomas and Sarah Schafer; Volleyball/Golf, Ben Morris and Megan Beattie; Student Senate, Farin Liggett and Randi Widmer; Royal Ambassadors, Paul Mandala and Cheyenne Joyner; RA, Tobi Shittu and Hope Bratz; Choir, Sam Egan and Abby Braaten; Band, Carl Kolbo and Brooke Darling; Playmakers, Josef Jackson and Emily Kenner; Multi-Cultural, Seymour Page and Brionna Green; Nursing Program, Jim Vilandre and Corrine Ternes; CRU, Lincoln Larson and Ashley Utgaard; DECA, Brandon Tofte and Deborah Zaun; Baseball/Softball, Keaten Mikkelsen and Jenny Metens; PBL, Channing Reed and Jonie Wipf; Wind Tech/Cheerleading, Zack Huber and Taylor Hartje.
    It was then time to meet the candidates as emcee and 2013 Lake Region State College graduate Kyle Boyer asked each individual questions about Lake Region State College, their program or just a little about themselves.
    "My favorite thing about Lake Region State College would have to be the people," Sarah Schafer, sophomore and Devils Lake native told the crowd. "Everyone is a huge family and person is just so genuine and kind. It's really nice."
    When fellow student and DECA member Brandon Tofte was asked about what excited him most about being a Royal Swag candidate, he noted it was about the company.
    "I would have to say being able to share the stage with all these amazing people. It's quite an honor," Tofte commented.
    After each of the thirty candidates gave the crowd a chance to get know them, it was time for the crowning of the royalty. In the end, Jim Vilandre, Devils Lake, Channing Reed, St. John, and Lincoln Larson, Cando, were chosen as the princes. Joining those individuals were princesses Brooke Darling, Wales, Taylor Hartje, Walhalla, and Ashley Utgaard, Sidney, Mont. The king was Tobi Shittu and the queen was Deborah Zaun, Cooperstown.
    Then, members of the women's basketball team took the stage. Royal head coach Duane Schwab talked a little bit about the squad this season.
    "This is just a great group to work with," Schwab noted. "It's been a real fun year working with them. We're excited about the national tournament and seeing what we can do in Kansas. We are very thankful for the support we have received from the community."
    Page 2 of 2 - Lake Region State College Booster Club President Randy Olson wished the team the best as they set off for the national tournament.
    "You have done us proud all season long," he stated. "I would love to watch you go all the way."
    Dr. Doug Darling, Lake Region State College president, complimented the team for they way they handle themselves on and off the court.
    "They are a joy to have on campus," Darling stated.
    As the night ended, it was a time to reflect on the work of the students on campus. The emcee's final two words summed it up perfectly.
    "Go Royals," Boyer stated enthusiastically to wrap up the night.

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