North Arkansas College (Northark) will crown a 2024 king and queen to preside over the homecoming festivities set for this Saturday, February 3, in Pioneer Pavilion. The Pioneer’s will host Crowder College. The Homecoming ceremony will be held at 1:30 P.M. before the Lady Pioneer’s game.
The first Homecoming maid is Emma Blankenship from Valley Springs. Emma is the daughter of Clint Blankenship and Vicky Carter Flud and represents the Agriculture Club. She is a freshman majoring in Agri Business and plans to transfer to Arkansas Tech University to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Emma enjoys farming and riding horses. She currently serves as the secretary for the Northark Collegiate Farm Bureau and as the reporter for the Newton County Cattlemen’s Association. Emma’s biggest influence is her grandpa, Jim Carter. “He is always supportive of me and inspires me to be the best person I can be,” Emma said. When asked what being a Northark Pioneer means to her, she answered: feeling a sense of belonging, of being accepted, respected, and valued by others on campus. Caleb Usrey will escort Emma.
Caleb Usrey is the son of Christie and Byron Usrey and is from Alpena, AR. Caleb will represent the Agri Club. He is a sophomore majoring in Agri Business and plans to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He enjoys being with his friends, working on the farm and being in Agri Club. One of Caleb’s favorite instructors is Faron Usrey because he likes having his uncle as a teacher. Caleb says the thing he likes most about Northark is that you always see a familiar face. To Caleb, being a Pioneer means pursuing an education and exploring new paths.
Harrison’s Kayla Caviness is the mother of Emily, Hunter, Elizabeth, Dalton and Hank Caviness. Kayla represents FBLA Collegiate. She is a sophomore majoring in Information Technologies and looks forward to becoming a full-time realtor at Re-Max Unlimited in Harrison. Her kids are her motivation because she wants to provide a better future for them, which pushes her to strive for success and overcome challenges. “The thing I enjoy the most about Northark is the welcoming atmosphere,” Kayla noted. “I will never forget all the smiling faces, the compassion, and all the help offered to me as well as what I have witnessed for other students. So many students and employees at Northark have a special place in my heart.” Cody Wyly will escort Kayla.
Cody Wyly will represent FBLA Collegiate and is the son of Robert and Cherri Smith. Cody is originally from La Porte Indiana and now lives in Diamond City, AR. Cody is a sophomore, pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Technology. After graduation this summer, he plans to work full time while pursuing more IT certifications along the way. His goal is to find a career in Cybersecurity. What he loves most about Northark is the staff and support from all his advisors. To Cody, being a Pioneer means to pave the way for a better future for himself, his son, and his family. His biggest influence during his time at Northark has been Rick Williams. Cody says, “Getting to know him and learning from him has been a pleasure. He makes learning at Northark fun.” Cody enjoys gaming as well as the outdoors in the summer.