Oklahoma Baptist University will announce the winners of the University’s annual Harvest Court Friday night, March 26, during halftime of the Bison football spring game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Crain Family Stadium at the Hurt Complex on the OBU campus in Shawnee. A special halftime fireworks display will follow the Harvest Court announcement.
Admission is free and open to the public, but capacity will be limited to the first 2,000 fans. Masks will be required for entry into the facility and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the stadium. Social distancing protocols will be encouraged.
The game will feature two 15-minute halves with the clock running like a typical game. It will be an offense versus defense game with a special points system for certain outcomes per possession. The Bison are coming off their most successful season since joining NCAA Division II and the Great American Conference, going undefeated against their GAC rivals from the state of Oklahoma for the second straight year and finishing with a 7-4 overall record in 2019.
Harvest Court, the football spring game, and numerous other events are taking place surrounding the inauguration of Dr. Heath A. Thomas as OBU’s 16th president. View a full list of inaugural events.
Harvest Court is typically a part of the University’s fall homecoming weekend. However, due to COVID-19, homecoming was postponed last fall, leading to this year’s Harvest Court being selected during the spring semester.
The crowning of the Harvest Queen is a longstanding OBU tradition, dating back to 1920. The first Harvest King was crowned in 1996. Later, the categories of Most Servant-Like Male and Female and Best All-Around Male and Female were added. Senior students were nominated by their peers in these six categories and the student body voted to select the winners.
The 2021 nominees for Harvest Queen include Sherine Van Der Westhuizen, professional accountancy major from Johannesburg, South Africa; Ashlynn Philpot, communication Studies major and marketing minor from Claremore, Oklahoma; and Caitlyn Swanson, graphic design major from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
The 2021 nominees for Harvest King include Gavin Yoesting, psychology: pre-counseling major and chemistry minor from Harrah, Oklahoma; Jackson Drakulich, history major and education minor from Shawnee, Kansas; and Jake Lipetzky, business management major from Brownstown, Michigan.
The nominees for the 2021 Best All-Around Female are Julia Jolly, communication studies major from Allen, Texas; Allison Dighton, family and community service major and graphic design minor from Shawnee, Kansas; and Gracelyn Basinger, health and human performance major from Broken Arrow.
The nominees for the 2021 Best All-Around Male are Joel Tetmeyer, vocal music education major from Pilot Point, Texas; Aidan Sims, biblical and theological studies major and philosophy minor from Perrin, Texas; and Josh Spears, biology major from Broken Arrow.
The Most Servant-Like Female nominees for 2021 include Ashley Scrivner, management major from Coppell, Texas; Brooke Mitchell, sports and recreation major with an emphasis in camp administration from Plant City, Florida; and Rylea Williams, forensic chemistry major from Guaimaca, Honduras.
The Most Servant-Like Male nominees for 2021 include Noah Graves, biblical and theological studies major and business administration minor from Ada, Oklahoma; Connor Gantz, biblical and theological studies major and pastoral ministry minor from Purcell, Oklahoma; and Caleb Stewart, biblical studies major and Christian ministry minor from Bethany, Oklahoma.