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Bethany College Announces the 2023 Homecoming Court Royalty


By Bethany College


LINDSBORG, KAN. — Bethany College announced the 2023 Homecoming Royalty on Friday, Oct. 13, after the annual Student Talent Show that marked the beginning of Homecoming and Hyllningsfest activities this year. Elyse Boden, a Music Education major from Goessel, Kansas, and Enoch Ojo, a Biology major from Houston, Texas, were announced as Homecoming Royalty. 

“I have made so many friendships and connections as a student in my years at Bethany. Getting Homecoming Royalty really made me realize how many I have made with people. I think this honor helped me feel seen by my peers. I am so thankful to be supported by staff, community, and especially students at the college,” says Boden. 

Ojo replied, “The feeling of the crown on my head will forever stay intertwined as a core memory. Everywhere I went, people were sure to recognize and congratulate me; I’m hoping that people experience that feeling of success in their lifetime. I also thank God for blessing me with the support from the track team, the Black Association of Student Scholars, and other organizations I am involved in.”   

The second runners-up were Caleb Copeland and Martina Aeschliman, and the first runners-up were Matt Lucas and Piper Marquez.


2023 Senior Court

Martina Aeschliman

Exercise Science Major

Skiatook, Oklahoma


Hannah Banko

Exercise Science Major

Parker, Colorado


Kennedy Becker

Accounting Major

Corning, Kansas


Elyse Boden

Music Education Major

Goessel, Kansas


Caleb Copeland

Physical Education Major

Salina, Kansas


Matt Lucas

Finance and Management Major

Lindsborg, Kansas


Piper Marquez

Exercise Science Major

Independence, Kansas


Enoch Ojo

Biology Major

Houston, Texas


Calvin Range

Mathematics Major

Junction City, Kansas


Christopher Yoder

Criminal Justice and Psychology Major

Anthony, Kansas


The Bethany College student body nominates graduating seniors for the homecoming court. The five men and women with the most nominations are then eligible to be named Homecoming Royalty in a second round of voting. 

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning, and service. At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who walk alongside them as they discover, explore, and navigate the path to their purpose. Bethany College is online at and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.