2021 Homecoming Court

Bella Armenta

Nominating group: Student Government Association
Classification: Junior
Major: International Security and Diplomacy and Political Science

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Start a Menstrual Hygiene Initiative to provide free menstrual products in some Men's bathrooms for those who are trans or non-gender conforming.

Bio: Bella Armenta is a junior pursuing an International Security and Diplomacy and Political Science degrees. She currently serves on the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board as the Student Allocations Director, the President of College Democrats, and an Executive Board member for both Texas College Democrats and College Democrats of America and has previously worked for the NT Daily. As a bisexual Latina woman, she strives to ensure that UNT is a safe and inclusive space for all. She dedicates most of her time to helping students engage in the democratic process, registering voters, and teaching students how to organize effectively and safely within their community.  Being a student leader means ensuring that student voices are not only heard, but uplifted -- and she will continue to work to support students. After graduation, Bella hopes to attend law school  and to one day work in Space Law at the United Nations.

Alyssa Clowdus

Nominating group: Green Brigade
Classification: Senior
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Donate the funds to UNT Survivor Advocate and emphasize the importance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

Bio: Alyssa Clowdus, also known as Clouds, is currently a senior pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Mountain Springs, TX. She is in her fourth year with the Green Brigade Marching Band as a section leader for the saxophone section. Outside of Green Brigade Clouds is actively involved in multiple student organizations including Delight Ministries, Sigma Alpha Iota, the Student Alumni Association as a Student Alumni Ambassador, an Eagle Ambassador, and was an Orientation Leader this past summer (YEAH GROUP 8!). She also is actively volunteering at Lovepacs which is a nonprofit that serves children in need located in the North Texas metroplex. She is passionate about bettering the environment and making sure everyone feels welcome no matter where they are and what they have been through. Clouds placed North Texas in a special part of her heart not only because she grew up around the Denton area but because there are so many amazing people and opportunities here. The best part about UNT is that there truly is a place for everyone, you just have to go out and find it.

Jordan Gus

Nominating group: Professional Women's Council
Classification: Junior
Major: Biology

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Create a Living Learning Community for Black women to safely speak and uplift each other while in their college careers. 

Bio: Jordan Gus is from Waco Tx, and is a junior at UNT. She is a pre-medical student majoring Biology. Jordan enjoys spending her time with her mentees on campus, volunteering at the woman to woman resource center or catching up with friends. On campus this semester she serves as the Outreach Director for the Professional Women's Council, a member of the Women Empowerment Committee, and guides incoming freshman as an ACCESS peer mentor. After graduation she plans to continue her studies  in women's health and become an OB-GYN and research breast cancer as well as raise awareness for FMD. Jordan is very passionate in her community as well participating in "Gifts for the homeless" and helping out at local clinics. UNT has allowed Jordan to confidently stride through her time here and she is very grateful. GMG!

Emma Lewis

Nominating group: Student Alumni Association
Classification: Senior
Major: Political Science and Communications

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a campus walk to spread awareness about breast cancer, educate about it, and honor those who have had and are currently battling the disease.

Bio: Emma is a senior studying Political Science and Communications as well as minoring in Human Services. Emma has shown her passion for UNT as a leader in various organizations during her time with the university. She has been involved in Zeta Tau Alpha, University Programs Council, served as a 2019 Orientation Leader, and served as Vice President of Scholarship for the Panhellenic Executive Council. Emma is currently involved on campus as an Eagle Ambassador, Vice President of Order of Omega, a member of Rho Lambda, and serves as the Student Director for the Student Alumni Association. Emma has become very passionate about Breast Cancer Awareness and Education during her time in college. Her sorority's philanthropy involves educating members and the public about breast cancer and many of Emma's close relatives have fought breast cancer, including her mother in both 2005 and 2020. Emma hopes to spread awareness and educate people about the disease through Homecoming Court. In her free time, Emma enjoys reading books, listening to true crime podcasts, and hanging out with her cat, Leia.

Michael Mairs

Nominating group: Honors College Programming Council
Classification: Senior
Major: Communication Studies

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a seminar covering the impacts of increased screen exposure and eye strain in higher education amidst COVID-19.

Bio: Michael Mairs is an Honors College senior graduating this December with a degree in Communication Studies, a minor in Music, and a certificate in Digital Media Studies. Coming to UNT from Flower Mound, TX, Michael immediately got involved and fell in love with the campus community. Since 2018, he has performed with various UNT choirs including Men's Chorus, UpFront!, Concert Choir, University Singers, and Grand Chorus. He is a current member of the Honors College Programming Council, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and National Residence Hall Honorary. Additionally, Michael concurrently serves on two separate executive committees - The North Texas 40 Student Foundation as Public Relations Officer, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as Alumni Relations Officer after serving the music fraternity as Chapter President last year. Finally, Michael was a UNT Housing Ambassador and provided customer service and tours of residence halls to prospective students and families. Beyond UNT, Michael has fundraised over $50,000 to donate towards global charity initiatives - such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and The Trevor Project - while broadcasting video games on Twitch. After graduation, Michael plans on pursuing digital marketing opportunities within the video game industry. Michael is immensely proud to be part of the Mean Green Family!

Haily Meza

Nominating group: Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
Classification: Senior
Major: Political Science

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a seminar titled "Your Next Adventure" with multiple sessions about what is next after graduation and what options students have. 

Bio: Haily Elena Meza and is a senior at the University of North Texas as a Political Science major with a minor in Criminal Justice. As a first generation student and a transfer student, her time at UNT has been life changing. She truly found her home away from home. While at UNT, Haily has been a part of amazing orgs that have helped her grow as a leader and an individual. Her favorite UNT memory is attending her first mean green fling and being able to see all the orgs show UNT pride. Currently, she serves as the President of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc, Vice President of NT40, and a mentor for the SGA Intern Program. As a first generation, transfer, and Latina student it is extremely important to her to ensure that every UNT student is thriving, at home and successful.

Holly Pham

Nominating group: Alpha Delta Pi
Classification: Graduate
Major: Accounting

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT:  Host an event focused on getting students to register to vote.

Bio: Holly Pham is a graduate student pursuing a joint BS/MS degree in Accounting. During her time at UNT, she has served as chapter president for Alpha Delta Pi, Communications Director for Beta Alpha Psi, and Ambassador for the G. Brint Ryan College of Business. She also participated as a member in the Professional Leadership Program, the University Program Council, and UNT Serves. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family! After graduation, she plans on working at a Big 4 accounting firm.

Evan Taylor

Nominating group: North Texas 40
Classification: Senior
Major: Logistics and Supply Chain Management

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT:  Conduct a feasibility study to bring a bike rental program to campus and provide free $100 bike credits for 7 freshmen.

Bio: Evan Taylor is a competitive, energetic person born and raised in Dallas, Texas. At the conclusion of his four-year journey in high school, Evan graduated with his diploma as well as a Degree in General Science from Navarro Community College. In the fall of 2019, Evan embarked on his journey as a Mean Green Eagle at the University of North Texas as a Logistics and Supply Chain Management major. Mr. Taylor's main goal upon arriving at UNT was to be a successful man in and outside of the classroom. While gracing UNT with his presence, Evan has proved himself to be a servant leader in every organization he has had the pleasure of aligning himself with. These organizations include the Student Alumni Association, North Texas 40, Black Student Union, NAACP, Greek Emerging Leaders Program, and the prestigious Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. where he serves as the current vice president. Not only is Evan involved on campus, he is actively working towards success, post-graduation. Mr. Taylor is currently working his second paid internship with a 3rd party logistics company in downtown Dallas. Evan exemplifies the sense of school spirit and love for the community necessary to call himself a Mean Green Eagle!

Ramon Williams

Nominating group: First Generation Student Organization
Classification: Senior
Major: Risk, Insurance, & Financial Services

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a panel focusing on how to navigate life after college, featuring panelists to share tips and experiences on how to prepare now as a student.

Bio: Ramon Williams is a senior majoring in Risk, Insurance, & Financial Services on the Financial Planning track and obtaining a certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. A native of Longview, Texas, Ramon started his UNT journey in the fall of 2018 as a member of the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band and an intern for the Student Government Association. Ramon now currently serves as the Vice President of the First Generation Student Organization, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator for Gamma Iota Sigma National Risk Management, Insurance, And Actuarial Science Fraternity, Chair of the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, a member of the North Texas Forty Foundation, and a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization. Ramon was also a part of the Professional Leadership Program. As a first-gen student, Ramon has overcome many obstacles and now devotes his time to help his peers and fellow students through their challenges. In his spare time, Ramon volunteers with various organizations around Denton, binge watch tv shows on Netflix and Hulu, and spend time with his family and friends.

Bakhtawar Yasir

Nominating group: Active Minds
Classification: Senior
Major: Political Science and Criminal Justice

What I’d do with $1,000 to Impact UNT: Host a mental health training day where students obtain various mental health certifications and learn about resources.

Bio: Bakhtawar Yasir is a Senior double-majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice with a minor in Philosophy, and certification in Legal Studies. Bakhtawar has held various leadership positions and campus involvements in her time at UNT however right now the role closest to her heart is being the President for Active Minds at UNT. Active Minds has changed her life and being able to serve others through Active Minds is one of the best opportunities UNT has given her. She loves how she can touch peoples' hearts and provide a space for open dialogue, education, and awareness around mental health. Some of the best moments in this organization are when Bakhtawar gets to see how happy people are entering meetings and seeing members grow. Bakhawar's biggest honor is being able to provide a safe place for others and she loves hearing when members say they look forward to our meetings and events. Bakhtawar is honored to touch hearts and be a part of an organization that changes lives every day.