Sept. 27, 2013 — Park University crowned its Harvest Fest royalty at the annual Harvest Fest Dance on Sept. 21 in Kansas City, Mo.
Junior Kirby Appollis (left, in photo at right), a legal studies major and vice president of the Park Student Government Association from Overland Park, Kan., was crowned queen. Appollis attended Olathe (Kan.) East High School.
Senior Arthur Vollbrecht (right, in photo at right), a biology major and member of Park’s cross country team from Kansas City, Mo. was crowned king. Vollbrecht graduated from North Kansas City (Mo.) High School.
The royalty court also included:
• Junior Paul Bilanzic (right, in far left photo), business administration/finance major and member of Park’s men’s volleyball team, from Tinley Park, Ill. (attended Victor J. Andrew [Ill.] High School, Orland Hills, Ill.), prince
• Junior Dani Li (left, in far left photo), business administration/international business major and first year experience mentor from Qiqihaer, China, princess
• Sophomore Pierre Tang-Taye (right, in left photo), business administration/international business major and member of Park’s men’s volleyball team, from La Montagne, France, duke
• Sophomore Mikayla Fisher (left, in left photo), graphic design major and member of Park's women's soccer team, from Derby, Kan. (attended Rose Hill [Kan.] High School), duchess.
The candidates were nominated by their peers, and then asked to submit an essay indicating what it means to be a Park Pirate. The nominees were asked to write about modeling the characteristics of a Park student such as demonstrating integrity, respect and inclusivity as a global citizen. Candidates were then selected based on the content and quality of their submitted essay by a reviewing committee comprised of faculty, staff and students.