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Serge Gaba And Abby Renko Named Homecoming King And Queen

Only two students out of nearly 40,000 are crowned Homecoming royalty each year. During halftime on Saturday, Serge Gaba and Abby Renko were named Penn State Homecoming King and Queen in front of a packed Beaver Stadium.

The two were selected following a student vote. Here are their bios from the Penn State Homecoming website:

Abby Renko is a senior in the Schreyer Honors College, majoring in Psychology with a Neuroscience option and minors in Human Development & Family Studies and Kinesiology. Her pursuit of campus leadership began within her own sorority, serving on its Executive Board for two years prior to her election as the 2015 Panhellenic President. Originally from Ellicott City, MD, Abby began working with Special Olympics in high school as a certified swim instructor for children with disabilities and has since continued to volunteer as a CPR instructor on campus and through State Day of Service, Hike for Hearing, and THON. Her love of service and passion for science and medicine have been synthesized through her work as an Emergency Medical Technician, responding to local 911 calls on campus and serving as the Course Coordinator for Kinesiology 403, Penn State’s 4-credit EMT training course. Last year she was also one of three Student Supervisors to plan, staff, and execute all aspects of Emergency Medical Services for THON Weekend 2015. Following graduation, Abby plans to attend medical school and hopes to work as an Emergency Medicine physician at a Trauma Center. 

Serge Gaba, of Allentown, PA, is a senior double majoring in Information Science Technology and Computer Science. Since arriving to Penn State, he has placed an emphasis on creating a legacy to shape the future through active leadership and positive community influence. His initial step towards leadership began with his involvement with the Multicultural Engineering Program Orientation, which recognized Serge as the 2014 mentor of the Year. Additionally, Serge has exemplified dedication to community and service through his involvement in his Historically Black Greek Lettered Organization – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Mighty Gamma Nu Chapter. His focus and service to others resulted in his recognition as the 2014 “Living the Ritual Award” recipient. He has held numerous positions within his Chapter, to include Chapter President, as well as Executive Board positions for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, to include Vice-President for Communications. He has continued his service and commitment to the National Society of Black Engineers and National Society of Leadership and Success throughout his enrollment at Penn State. Outside of the Penn State community Serge has received recognition to include: A national selection to participate in the Capital One Summit For Developing Leaders, recipient of the Best Speaker Award at the 2015 KeyBank and Fisher College of Business Leadership & Creativity Undergraduate Student Symposium, as well as scholastic scholarships. Serge prides himself on being a Servant of All and looks forward to continuing this honor and the traditions of Penn State while empowering others to remain driven on their path to excellence. In the famous words of the late Joe Paterno, Serge encourages himself and others to “believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”

Congratulations to the new King and Queen and everyone on this year’s Homecoming Court! Happy Homecoming, Penn State.

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