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Alex Shockley & Cayla Castells Crowned 2017 Homecoming King & Queen

Penn State students elect two students each year to become Homecoming royalty from the thousands of seniors around the university based on their involvement and commitment to Penn State. Penn State Homecoming announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game against Rutgers Saturday afternoon this year’s Homecoming King and Queen are Alex Shockley and Cayla Castells.

Alex Shockley is a senior studying Hospitality Management. He was born and raised in the small town of Snow Hill, right outside of Ocean City, Maryland. Alex is Vice President of the University Park Undergraduate Association and a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy. He is also a Schreyer Honors Scholar and is currently completing his thesis on research which analyzes managerial perceptions when considering hiring an individual that identifies as homeless. In his free time, Alex enjoys cooking at home and spending time outside practicing his photography skills. Next year, he will work at Hilton Global Headquarters within their corporate responsibility department.

Cayla, from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduating in December. On campus, she spends most of her time in the College of Engineering. Cayla is an Engineering Ambassador, a Career Envoy, a teaching assistant, and works in the Engineering Communications Research Center. She competed in the Leonhard Center Speaking contest, placing second, and received the 2017 Joelle Award, an endowed award for outstanding leadership and cultural enhancement within the college. Outside of engineering, Cayla is a second-year resident assistant, working with over 60 freshman students. After graduation, she plans to move to Dallas, Texas to participate in a manufacturing leadership program for an industrial supplier.

Here’s a video of this year’s royalty announcement and crowning from PennLive:

Congratulations, Alex and Cayla!

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Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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