Homecoming Court is a longstanding tradition at the University of Minnesota where students compete to become the University’s official ambassadors of spirit. As ambassadors and stewards of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Royalty represent the University on campus and at a variety of external events. Court Members also participate in various competitions in the months leading up to Homecoming for a chance to win the Royalty title. The two students who win the Royalty title are also rewarded with a scholarship!

2018 Homecoming Royalty Candidates

Bri Sheffel

Hi my name is Bri Sheffel and I’m a senior studying child psychology with a minor in Spanish studies. I absolutely love being a student at the U of M because of the spirited gopher community that I get to be a part of. My favorite thing to do on campus is going to Gopher football games both during my time on the cheer team and now as I continue to cheer from the stands. I was an Orientation Leader last summer and I am currently an Orientation Student Program Coordinator and a College of Liberal Arts Student Ambassador where I have the opportunity to promote pride and spirit for the U. I love working with students and I hope to continue this work as a school psychologist in the future! Other than that I love spending time with friends, watching scary movies, and playing bingo at Coffman. I can’t wait to experience my last Homecoming and enjoy my last year as a Gopher!

Camiron Schafer

Hello! My name is Camiron Schafer. I am majoring in Child Psychology and minoring in Public Health. I love being able to watch Gopher Sports as a member of the University of Minnesota Marching Band. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had to bring Gopher Spirit to the thousands of spectators that attend each game day. I currently work in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and am a Research Assistant in the Gunnar Lab of Developmental Psychobiology.

Gabe Kaufmann

I am a senior majoring in Biology and German. When I’m not exploring Minneapolis with my friends, I enjoy studying for my CBS classes and speaking German. I also enjoy working in a biomedical research lab, working as a medical scribe, participating in the student group Cru, and going for an occasional run. For two years I also gave campus tours as an Admissions Ambassador, and I love this campus and university! My career plans are to go to medical school, and as such I love both the science of my classes and the humanity of my classmates. I am looking forward to being on homecoming court this year, and I anticipate meeting and getting to know many new people, one of my favorite activities. This university and its community have been tremendous blessings to me, and I hope to spread a little of my enthusiasm to campus this fall! Ski-U-Mah and Happy Homecoming!

Jack Nachtigal

My name is Jack and I’m a senior. My major is Strategic Communications and I’m minoring in Leadership. I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but came to the U for a new experience. I have wanted to attend the U since Kindergarten when my grandmother gifted me a blanket with Goldy the Gopher on it. I’m a university ambassador for KIND Snacks, which means I hand out around 2,000 KIND bars per month. I’m also a member of Sigma Nu, Fraternity. In Sigma Nu, I help with social media, and I’m the assistant philanthropy chair. I am also involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America. I’ve been on the executive board for two years, and now serve in a role on the National board. I will bleed maroon and gold until the day I die. I love everything the University stands for. The University and its students have given so much to me, so it’s an honor to be serving on this year’s homecoming court.

Jessie Rose LeClaire

Hello, all! My name is Jessie Rose LeClaire. I am a sophomore studying Wildlife Biology with a minor in Wildlife Care & Handling. I am very excited to be serving on Homecoming court this year. I was born and raised in Saint Paul, so this University is a second home to me. When I'm not in class, I spend a lot of my time volunteering, going to the gym, attending University events, and when it's the right season, going to football games (because who doesn't love gold glitter and gopheralls?). I also dedicate a lot of time to my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. When I'm not on campus, I love to visit my 13 pets at home and go camping.

Lillian Nunno

Hello, my name is Lily Nunno. I am a history major with a minor in American Studies. I am originally from Rochester, New York but grew up in Anoka, Minnesota. After attending community college for two years, I started at the U this past fall. I currently work at the Gopher Spot on Saint Paul Campus and am a U of M history day mentor. I am most excited to become more involved with my peers as a transfer student and get the chance to make my senior year special.

Madie Hart

Hey, I’m Madie (she/her/hers) and I am a senior studying Kinesiology and minoring in Leadership. I’m the oldest and, of recent, the shortest of three kids. I grew up on a farm in Stewartville, MN, but fell in love with Minneapolis the day I arrived. On campus, I work at the Aquatic Center as a Head Lifeguard as well a Learn to Swim Senior Instructor. This is also my third semester as a Leadership Minor Intern. I volunteer through Big Brothers Big Sisters and have been matched with my Little for 4 years now. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, rollerblading, crafting, and hanging out with my grandma and her friends. On game days you can catch me sporting my Gopheralls and gettin’ down to some JT and Bruno. I make the world’s best s’more and cannot say no to ice cream. I have been described as unyieldingly positive. Say hi if you see me on campus; Go Gophers!

Praticha Jagdish

Hello! My name is Praticha and I am a junior majoring in Physiology. I am on the Pre-Medicine track because I want to be a pediatrician. I love working with kids because I grew up by helping my mom with her daycare business. Because my goal is to become a doctor, I joined a Pre-Medicine student group here called Pre-Med AMSA. This student group and many others are one of the many reasons why I love the U of M, and why I am excited to be on the homecoming royalty court! When homecoming comes around, there is a week where students can participate in various events held all over campus in praise and pride for the University itself. It is a celebration of the alumni that have created a foundation here and a celebration for the students here to see what their futures can be. 

Riley Fay

My name is Riley Fay and I'm currently studying Sports Management at the U. I am the President of the University's Collegiate DECA chapter. I might be a die-hard Red Sox fan and a cheesehead from birth, but I'll always agree on "better dead than red" when the Badgers come to Minneapolis. Working at Nike MOA, I have enough shoes to wear a different pair every day of the month.

Sarabeth Moore

Hi Gophers! My name is Sarabeth. My favorite part of being at the U has been joining the Sales Team. I have also been an Admissions Ambassador and on the Student Senate, representing the College of Education and Human Development. I am majoring in Business/Marketing Education. My goal is to work in an industry related to sustainable energy solutions or agriculture. I love to fish, pheasant hunt, and travel. I am also very passionate about health and fitness. My vice is playing Mario Kart, and my favorite show is Judge Judy, shamelessly!  I hold a special place in my heart for those with disabilities as a result of growing up with a special needs brother. I am originally from Michigan, but I call Minnesota home- my catchphrase is “You Betcha!” I am most excited to be a part of Homecoming 2018 to bring everyone together for good times and memories that will last a lifetime.