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Meet Your 2020 Homecoming Court

Penn State Homecoming’s Executive Committee announced this year’s student, graduate, and university courts Friday afternoon.

Breaking tradition, Homecoming chose not to select a grand marshal or honorary grand marshal this year. Instead, the organization will feature an alumni panel of past grand marshals and honorary grand marshals on its social media platforms on October 14.

“Each court consists of individuals who are identified as well-rounded, spirited Penn Staters who embody each of Penn State’s six core values of: respect, integrity, responsibility, discovery, excellence, and community,” Homecoming said. ”Reviewers consider each applicant’s representation of the university’s core values.”

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about each member of Homecoming 2020’s courts. You’ll (virtually) see them when Homecoming 2020 kicks off on October 10.

Student Court

Maddy Mitchell

Major: Recreation, park, and tourism management
Involvement: Executive director of the Council of Sustainable Leaders, organizer for the Sustainability Showcase Series, undergraduate student representative for the College of Health and Human Development, Penn State Alternative Breaks program

Sarah Hohman

Major: Health policy and administration
Involvement: THON, Camp Kesem, Lion’s Pantry, Springfield

Jeremy Dunston

Major: Materials science and engineering
Involvement: THON Entertainment Captain, New Student Orientation leader, Multicultural Engineering Society

Nina Trach

Major: Public relations, Spanish
Involvement: Administrative Vice President of Lion Ambassadors, a Bellisario Fellow, Leadership JumpStart, THON, Schreyer Scholar, Paterno Fellow, and New York Women in Communications Scholar

Caitlyn Martin

Major: Engineering science
Involvement: Vice president for Finance on the Panhellenic Executive Council, Greek life, THON

Jacob Klipstein

Major: Political science, history, Jewish studies
Involvement: President of the Penn State College Democrats, UPUA, Lion Caucus, a student member of the Daily Collegian’s Board of Directors

Jada Gilliam

Major: Communication arts and sciences, public relations
Involvement: President of Penn State Lion Scouts, THON

Diego Santos

Major: Biochemistry and molecular biology
Involvement: Lion Ambassadors, Homecoming, Penn State Select Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias, and Community Safety

Jona Hall

Major: Digital journalism
Involvement: Student ambassador, member of the Alumni Association, serves on Student Affairs committee for World Campus Student Government Association, THON, president and founder of Zeta Mu Phi

Adeline Mishler

Major: Business management
Involvement: Chair of UPUA’s Student Life committee, University Park Student Fee Board Steering Committee, Executive Board of Lion Caucus, Delta Sigma Pi

Graduate Court

Claire Kelling

Education: Fifth-year Ph.D. candidate pursuing a dual Ph.D. in statistics and social data analytics with a graduate minor in computational sciences
Involvement: Student Body President of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, Chair of the University Park Student Fee Board, Statistics Climate and Diversity Committee, Anti-Racism Working Group

Latisha Franklin

Education: Fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry, microbiology, and molecular biology
Involvement: Recipient of the Bunton-Waller Fellowship, Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program Scholarship, and 2019 Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity Award winner

University Court

Cindy Guthrie

Position: Teacher in Penn State’s kinesiology department
Involvement: Volunteer advisor with Penn State Christian Athletes

Zack Moore

Position: Vice president for Government & Community Relations
Involvement: Created an undergraduate internship in the Office of Government and Community Relations, founder of Lion Caucus

Kelly Karpa

Position: Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and assistant dean of Interprofessional Education at the College of Medicine in Hershey
Involvement: Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar, Academy of Pharmacology Educators fellow, National Pharmacology Educator Award, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Preceptor of the Year Award

Kristen Garrity

Position: Assistant director of Student and Young Alumni Programs at the Penn State Alumni Association
Involvement: Lion Ambassadors

Kyle Kaplan


In 2018, Homecoming removed gendered titles such as “Homecoming Queen and King” and took away the 1:1 ratio of male to female representation within the court. It said it made this change to embrace diversity and gender inclusivity within Penn State’s community.

In September, Homecoming moved its 2020 parade online due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festivities will include aa pre-recorded parade on Friday, October 16 as well as features and clips from alumni and community members.

Homecoming 2020 will run from Saturday, October 10 through Sunday, October 18.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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