Muskingum University crowns homecoming king and queen during ceremony Saturday


Homecoming King Caleb McManaway (left) and Queen Sydni Trudo (right).

By Staff Report

A local university announced the names of its king and queen for the 2021 homecoming during a ceremony Saturday.

Both selectees are actively involved in campus life and were chosen by their peers from a list of university students previously nominated for the positions.

According to Michelle Ball, Executive Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing at Muskingum University, Caleb McManaway and Sydni Trudo both received the most votes for homecoming king and queen, respectively.

McManaway is a health and fitness major, nutrition minor from Columbus, Ohio. He is the Greek Council President, a resident assistant and a member of the fraternity, Kappa Sigma.

Trudo is a neuroscience major, pre-law and political science minor from St. Clairsville, Ohio. She is Student Senate President, a sorority member of Theta Phi Alpha and actively involved in multiple campus clubs including Black Student Union (BSU), Outdoor Initiative Club, Neuroscience Club, Psych Club and Women in Progressive Politics Club. Trudo is employed on campus as a Chess Center Supervisor.

The announcements were part of the college’s Homecoming Weekend festivities, which ran from Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17.

Last year, due to the pandemic, all events were hosted virtually. While following safety guidelines, this year, Muskingum hosted events and activities on campus that allowed alumni and students to participate in the annual celebration.

An awards dinner was held, visitors received an update on campus affairs from President Susan Hasseler, tours were available of the under-construction Henry D. Bullock Health and Wellness Complex as well as the chance to attend various athletic games, mixers and social activities.

The homecoming king and queen were selected from the following nominated lists of candidates.


  • Matthew Lowery, a sports administration and athletic communications major from New Concord, Ohio.
  • Hudson Moore, a business management and English major with a minor in economics from Zanesville, Ohio.
  • Ryan Pavlik, a chemistry major from North Canton, Ohio.
  • Maxwell Pezzot, a business management major from Beaver Creek, Ohio.
  • Nathan Robey, a business management major with a minor in marketing from Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • Ian Terrill, a health and fitness major from Martins Ferry, Ohio.
  • William Vaughan, a marketing major from Mantua, Ohio.
  • Ethan Ford, a sociology and organizational communication major from Senecaville, Ohio. Ford was also one of the three finalists for King. He is a John and Annie Glenn Fellow, a member of ODK and a student assistant to the sociology department.
  • Gavyn Freeland, a sport management and athletic communications major from Belpre. Ohio. Freeland was also one of the three finalists for King. He is a member of the football leadership council, a member of the fraternity Kappa Sigma, a director of intramurals, a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) member, a Black Student Union (BSU) member, and a member of the Outdoor Initiative Club and Animal Connections Club.


  • Anna Hrinko, a health administration and public health major with a minor in business management from Westerville, Ohio.
  • Emily James, a criminal justice and child and family studies major with a minor in pre-law from Nashport, Ohio.
  • Jenna Jordan, a biology major with a chemistry minor from Hinton, West Virginia.
  • Lillian Marriott, an athletic training major with a minor in health and fitness from London, Ohio.
  • Kylie Pace-Schilling, a psychology and criminal justice major from Dover, Ohio.
  • Angela Toth, a biology and public health studies major from North Canton, Ohio.
  • Sara Woods, a biology major with a focus in pre-med with a chemistry minor from Moundsville, West Virginia.
  • Kaylee Anstaett, a health administration and public health major with a minor in psychology from Kettering, Ohio. Anstaett was one of the three finalists for Queen. She is captain of the tennis team, Vice President of Muskingum Programming Board (MPB), a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a sorority member of F.A.D. and a campus tour guide.
  • Alyssa Merriman, a psychology major with minors in biology and public health from Steubenville, Ohio. Merriman was also one of the three finalists for Queen. She is a women’s lacrosse player, a member of the sorority Theta Phi Alpha, Biology Honorary Tri Beta and academic honorary Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK).