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King and Queen crowned at DSU

September 13, 2023

Tyler Thomas and Blen Asgedom were crowned king and queen at Dakota State’s Sept. 11 coronation ceremony.

“Homecoming on any campus is a time to celebrate the university’s history and invite alumni back to campus,” said Amy Crissinger, Master of Ceremony, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Homecoming court members represent various clubs and organizations on campus and are elected by the student body.

Tyler Thomas is a fourth-year student working on his master’s in Computer Science with specializing in Cyber Operations from Forest Lake, Minn. He participates in a variety of activities on campus, serving as the president of Student Senate, group leader for Computer Club, and is a former varsity esports athlete. Thomas represented the Student Senate.

Blen Asgedom is a second-year student majoring in Computer Science from Ethiopia. She is involved with the International Club, is a resident assistant, and works in the C-Store in the Trojan Center. Asgedom represented the International Club.

Members of the Homecoming Court also included:

  • Santiago Colla, a senior Cyber Operations major from Argentina, representing the Newman Club
  • Cody Farland, a junior Cyber Operations major from New Underwood, S.D., representing Pi Beta Kappa
  • Casey Te Grotenhuis, a fourth-year Artificial Intelligence and Math Cryptography major from Sioux Center, Iowa, representing the Artificial Intelligence Club
  • Kalani Mangin, a senior Computer Science and Professional Accountancy major from Des Moines, Iowa, representing the CEO Club
  • Casey Olson, a sophomore Professional Accountancy major from Fergus Falls, Minn., representing the FBLA Club
  • Alexandra Smith, a senior Artificial Intelligence and Math major from Sioux Falls, S.D., representing the Artificial Intelligence Club

DSU’s homecoming activities will culminate with several activities on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning with the Trojan Days parade at 10 a.m., and wrapping up with DSU football facing off against Valley City State at 4 p.m.

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