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Augusta University Homecoming 2023: Meet the candidates

It’s the most spirited time of year: Homecoming! This year’s theme for the week-long celebration is Blue Vogue.

The 2023 Augusta University Homecoming Court elections will take place online. All degree-seeking and student activity fee-paying students will receive the ballot via university email Monday, Feb. 20, and voting will end Thursday, Feb. 23.

The election process is a combination of a popular vote from the student body and Homecoming Week event participation.

Homecoming Duke candidates

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Raymond Chen

Raymond Chen is a sophomore cellular and molecular biology major from Alpharetta.

Chen plans to attend medical school after completing his undergraduate studies to pursue a specialization in forensic pathology.

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Caleb Chupp

Caleb Chupp is a sophomore Education major from Evans.

Chupp is part of an Army family and has four dogs.

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Alex Gonzalo


Alex Gonzalo is a freshman business administration major from Augusta.

Gonzalo traveled to Atlanta for a music networking event and had the opportunity to open the show.

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Tristan Lacey


Tristan Lacey is a sophomore psychology major born in Italy.

Lacey is an actor and plays soccer.

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Cuyler Lewis

Cuyler Lewis is a freshman business administration major from Waycross.

Lewis is a first-generation college student and has a dog named Karo.

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Omari Matthew

Omari Matthew is a freshman business administration major from Brooklyn, New York.

Matthew makes music and would like to become an influencer.

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Matthew Merisme

Matthew Merisme is a sophomore business administration major from Loganville, Georgia.

Merisme is a triplet with two brothers.

Homecoming Duchess candidates

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Raiyna Bearden

Raiyna Beardon is a sophomore business administration major from Seneca, South Carolina.

Beardon is on Augusta University’s Jag Elite Dance team.

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Eva-Solange Jospeh

Eva-Solange Joseph is a freshman pre-nursing major from Loganville, Georgia. 

Joseph enjoys traveling and playing sports such as tumbling, swimming and tennis.

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Kendall Newsome

Kendall Newsome is a sophomore business administration major from Augusta.

Newsome is the assistant manager at a local boutique called The Ivy.

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Katelen Selph

Katelen Selph is a communication major from Martinez.

Selph sang at the 2021 Augusta National Golf Club’s Members Dinner during Master’s Week.

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Katelyn Workman

Katelyn Workman is a communication student from Evans.

Workman loves to travel and has been to Mexico and California.

Homecoming King candidates

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Ben Armistead

Ben Armistead is a junior business administration major from Griffin, Georgia.

Armistead has been on more than 12 different cruises to every island in the Bahamas.

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Kalyb Bussey

Kalyb Bussey is a junior kinesiology major from Warrenton, Georgia.

Bussey’s favorite hobby is teaching himself how to play the piano.

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Zach Feeney

Zach Feeney is a senior business administration major from Ball Ground, Georgia.

Feeney has bought and rebuilt a 1996 C4 LT4 Corvette from the inside out.

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Lotem Kol

Lotem Kol is a junior cellular and molecular biology major from Alpharetta. 

Kol is originally from Israel and speaks four languages.

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Jaden Scott

Jaden Scott is a junior biology major from Jesup, Georgia.

Scott plans on pursuing a career in cosmetic dentistry. 

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Quinton Taylor

Quinton Taylor is a senior business administration major from LaGrange, Georgia.

Taylor is a huge anime fan and has a twin brother.

Homecoming Queen candidates

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Lillian Arnold

Lillian Arnold is a junior nursing student from Alpharetta.

Arnold plans to become a pediatric nurse.



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Stephanie Castillo

Stephanie Castillo is a senior social work major from Dallas, Georgia.

Castillo has traveled to her parents’ hometown in Mexico since the age of 4. Each year, she travels to give back. 


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Ramiah Cochran

Ramiah Cochran is a junior elementary education major from Augusta.

Cochran loves to express herself in various forms of art such as singing, dancing, writing and photography.
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Arionna Gantt

Arionna Gantt is a senior communication major from Augusta.

Gantt enjoys trying new things and visiting new places.


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A'Nasia Monford

A’Nasia Monford is a senior psychology major from Greensboro, Georgia.

Monford has several small businesses, including being a
hairstylist and an amateur photographer.


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Janaya Wadsworth

Janaya Wadsworth is a senior cybersecurity major from Atlanta.

Wadsworth is a former AU basketball player and choreographs hip-hop dances.


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Britt Walleyn

Britt Walleyn is a senior dental hygiene major from Augusta.

Walleyn has a button business on Esty and Instagram.


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Jillian Zaklikowski

Jillian Zaklikowski is a medicinal chemistry major from Buford.

She enjoys spending time with family by playing Dungeons and Dragons every Sunday.




King and queen candidates must be classified as a junior or above. Currently holding the coveted titles are Isaiah Maddox, a Health, Society, and Policy major , and Caroline Gibson, a physical therapy student.

The king and queen will be crowned at the Jaguar basketball games against Clayton State University Saturday, Feb. 25. The women’s game begins at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s game begins at 3:30 p.m.

Visit the Homecoming 2023 webpage for the full list of the university’s most spirited week of the year.

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