Lexington, Kentucky (October 15, 2022) – Gracielin Bush, of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Johnny Zelinak II, of Oldham County, Kentucky, were crowned the University of Kentucky 2022 Queen and King during the halftime celebrations of the UK football game against Mississippi State at Kruger Field on Saturday night.
Bosch is one of the oldest in College of Public Health Pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Health on a Pre-Physician Assistant track. She is currently the General President of DanceBlue and is an active member of Chi Omega Sorority.
Zelenak is an older student who is also pursuing a degree in public health with a minor in communication. Currently, Zelenak is on the 4+1 Master of Public Health track – Health Management and Policy track. He is the mini marathon chair for DanceBlue, a peer teacher for the School of Public Health and advisor on student engagement in organization and student activities. He has served as resident advisor, general president of the Out of the Darkness Walk and registry secretary at the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Earlier this week, Jordan Smith and Anisha Cox were crowned Mr and Mrs Black UK 2022. The Mr & Mrs Black UK Scholarship Competition is an annual ceremony presented by black student union In partnership with Mu Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Smith, from Henderson, Kentucky, is a senior specialist in Neurology with a minor in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences in the United Kingdom. Healthcare is his passion, and he desires to create a more inclusive environment for minorities in this field. Focuses on building a sense of community across campuses in the UK, he is a member of several student organisations, including Implicit Dance Crew, Cats for Christ and K Crew.
Cox, from Radcliffe, Kentucky, is a junior in a double major Business Administration And the marketing at the Gatton School of Business and Economics. She aspires to be a pharmaceutical sales representative and to start her own dance company. She is passionate about advancing diversity and inclusion in society through young minorities. She is involved in several 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 vote earlier this week.
The other finalists for the Homecoming King and Queen are:
- Austin Kinga senior from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, studying at College of Engineering And the Lewis Honorary College Pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering in a business track. He is an itinerant 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 served as Head of the UK branch of Engineers Without Borders.
- Brennen C. Mullinsa senior from Floyd County, Kentucky, studying Civil Engineering Hoping to get a PhD in aviation structures. He is also a student at Lewis Honorary College.
- Matthew Williamsa senior from Berea, Kentucky, studies Chemical Engineering. He serves as a senior resident advisor at Holmes Hall and one of the co-directors of tours for the UK Visitor Centre. Other notable commitments on campus include previously serving as Director of Student Organization Wildcat Ambassadors, working in pharmaceutical research on campus, serving as captain of the intramural football team and representing the UK nationally at the Student Development Institute on the topic of promoting diversity and inclusion on campus tours.
- Isaac Sutherlanda young student from Huntington, West Virginia, studying Political Science And the Community development and leadershipand a student at Lewis College Emeritus. It is part of several organizations across campus including DanceBlue, Chi Psi Fraternity and UKSGA. Sutherland hopes to attend law school and become an foster care attorney.
- Jocelyn Grimsleya senior from Columbus, Ohio, and a double major in health promotion Community development and leadership with a minor in training. She serves as President of the Black Students’ Union, Vice President of Underground Perspective, former Diamond President of Club Softball, Student Ambassador for College of Education, and Chaplain at Iota Mu Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.. She works for the UK football team as Student Video Manager and Engagement Counsellor for student organizations and activities. Grimsley serves in the US Army National Guard and once she graduates, she will be reassigned to the rank of second lieutenant.
- Catherine Cermaka senior from Louisville, holds a double degree in biology And neuroscience with minors in Maths And the Spanish. She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and Chair of the Panhellenic Council. She hopes to pursue her passion through a career in medicine, and one day plans to travel the world providing access to equitable medical care while learning about the customs and traditions of other cultures.
- Olivia Whitfield, a senior from Pikeville, Kentucky, is a neuroscientist. She worked in the Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory focusing on autonomic dysreflexia and the effects of mitochondrial transplantation in the spinal cord. She is currently a member of the Delta Delta Sorority and is the Acting Secretary of the Appalachian Health Initiative Club. Recently accepted into UK medical school.
- Shannon Nguyen, A senior from Louisville, specializes in biology With a minor in Neuroscience and a student at Lewis College Emeritus. She is a first-generation college student and dreams of attending medical school. She currently serves as President of Alpha Phi Sorority, a Research Assistant in the Department of Biology, Team Leader for DanceBlue and is an official student host for the university through Alumni Ambassadors. She is also a peer mentor for S-STEM scholarship recipients. In her spare time, she teaches biochemistry and volunteers at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.