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2017 Homecoming Queen, King Crowned

Pitt-Johnstown

posted September 30, 2017


Kayley McKay was named Homecoming Queen and Zachary Barnot Homecoming King at Pitt-Johnstown Saturday. Photo by Kayla Carr

Kayley McKay was named Homecoming Queen and Zachary Barnot was named Homecoming King for 2017 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown during a Saturday, September 30, ceremony. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar crowned Ms. McKay and Mr. Barnot at the campus University Square Gazebo.

They were sponsored by Delta Chi fraternity.

Kayley is a nursing major from Harmony and is also the President of Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity.

Zachary is a Belle Vernon grad who will have his degree in Business Information Systems. These leaders were nominated by Delta Chi Fraternity.

Nominations were announced earlier in the week and student voting concluded Friday.

The coronation is part of Pitt-Johnstown Homecoming weekend.

Candidates for queen included McKay, Sarah Brasili, Amber Gibbs, Sydney Hamilton, Haley Knepp, Santana Lardo, Heather Moon, and Julianne Nerone

Candidates for king included Barnot, Qaseem Chaudhry, Andrew Downey, David Francola, Abdullahi Mada, Thomas Messer, Patrick Petrell, and Brady Willis.

Last year's queen and king - Ashlee McMullen and Bernard Dunegan - were on hand for the ceremony.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.