LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2022) — Gracelyn Bush, of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Johnny Zelenak II, of Oldham County, Kentucky, were crowned the 2022 University of Kentucky Homecoming queen and king during the halftime ceremonies at the UK vs. Mississippi State Homecoming football game at Kroger Field Saturday night.
Bush is a senior in the College of Public Health pursuing dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health on the pre-physician assistant track. She currently serves as the overall chair of DanceBlue and is an active member of Chi Omega Sorority.
Zelenak is a senior also pursuing a degree in public health with a minor in communication. Currently, Zelenak is on the accelerated 4+1 Master of Public Health – Health Management and Policy track. He is the mini marathons chair for DanceBlue, a peer instructor for the College of Public Health and a Student Organization and Activities student involvement advisor. He has served as a resident advisor, the overall chair for the Out of the Darkness Walk and recording secretary for Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
Earlier this week, Jordan Smith and Aneisha Cox were crowned Mr. and Ms. Black UK 2022. The Mr. and Ms. Black UK Scholarship Pageant is an annual ceremony presented by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Smith, from Henderson, Kentucky, is a senior majoring in neuroscience with a minor in psychology in the UK College of Arts and Sciences. Health care is his passion, and he wishes to create a more inclusive environment for minorities in this field. Focused on building a sense of community across the UK campus, he is a member of multiple student organizations, including Implicit Dance Crew, Cats for Christ and K Crew.
Cox, from Radcliff, Kentucky, is a junior double-majoring in business management and marketing in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. She aspires to be a pharmaceutical sales representative and start her own dance company. She is passionate about pushing diversity and inclusion in the community through young minorities. She is involved in many organizations on campus including the Implicit Dance Crew, the PINK Campus Team and the Samsung College Program.