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Meet the 2017 Homecoming royalty candidates

October 2, 2017

Abimbola “Esther” Fagbemi

Abimbola “Esther” Fagbemi, a senior health sciences major with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy, graduates in May 2018. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and lived there for 10 years before moving to the United States. She enjoys playing sports and being with friends. Fagbemi says she chose to run for homecoming because of her great Huskie pride, and that she is very involved on campus and the DeKalb community. She believes she’s a great representation of the character of NIU.

Shantavia Russell

 Shantavia Russell, from Chicago, IL, is a senior human development and family sciences major with an emphasis in child development. Russell is the president of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honors Society and a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society. She says she is very involved around campus and engaged in a lot of community service with her dance fraternity, Delta Phi Delta Dance Fraternity, Inc. Russell is also the captain of Vanity, an all-girls hip-hop dance team on campus. She says she displays great leadership skills and is dedicated to everything she commits herself to. Russell states that she is running for homecoming because she feels that she has the credentials and leadership skills to do so and notes she has maintained a 3.0 grade point average or higher since enrolled at NIU. She says that this is her last year of her undergraduate career, and wants to go out with a bang.

Marissa Leanna Terronez

Marissa Leanna Terronez is a senior rehabilitation and disability services major and deafness rehabilitation minor from Moline, IL. She says she has participated in organizations such as Best Buddies, Deaf Pride and Tumbao. Currently a sister of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Terronez recently won a scholarship program hosted by Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity called Miss Latina. Besides applying herself on campus, she enjoys dancing, being with family/friends, binge watching “The Office” and going to Cubs games. Her plans after graduation are to attend graduate school and receive her Masters for rehabilitation counseling. Terronez says she would enjoy to work one-on-one with people who have special needs, and she is excited for what her future has in store for her and the people she will meet along the way.

Milan Brown

Milan Brown, a senior marketing major and black studies minor, was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago and came to DeKalb to further his education. Brown currently serves as the president of the Black Student Union, and has been involved in several other organizations including NAACP, Campus Activities Board and L.O.V.E.*. Brown says being involved on campus has made his experience as a Huskie great. He plans to further his education at a prestigious law school with the hopes of becoming a corporate lawyer.

Jordan Clayton-Taylor

Jordan Clayton-Taylor is a fifth-year student majoring in journalism and English with a minor in black studies. Clayton-Taylor is currently co-president of NIU’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Since being a student at NIU, she has been involved in the Black Student Union, Student Association’s Senate, an active mentor through S-Plan and served as a community advisor in the Neptune complex. After graduating, Clayton-Taylor plans on becoming a hip-hop journalist.

Devonta Young

Devonta Young, also known as “Lucky, is a junior Medical Laboratory Science major from University Park, IL. He has held executive positions in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Black Student Union and Black Male Initiative. His hobbies include watching SportsCenter and lifting weights. Young believes he has built a great name for himself on campus. He says he is a “people person” and a leader within the community.

Lauren Granderson

Lauren Granderson, from Chicago, IL, will be graduating in December 2017 as a health development and family sciences major. She has been involved in several different events/organizations at NIU including the 90’s Tribute part one and two, as well as serving executively for Present Perfect Modeling Organization (PPMO). Granderson says that running for Homecoming Royalty is new to her but she believes in everyone having a fair chance to do anything, including herself, no matter the background, race/ethnicity or sexual preference.