St. Patrick's Court

Five queen candidates and five king candidates make up St. Patrick’s Court. These 10 individuals attend all Engineers’ Week activities. They represent E-week and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri. Traditionally, at the St. Pat’s Ball, one queen candidate and one king candidate are crowned the Queen and King of Engineers’ Week.

This is one of the oldest and greatest honors that can be bestowed upon an Engineer at Mizzou.


Current queen candidates each decorate a sash declaring their candidacy. This sash is to be worn on the right shoulder. King candidates each harvest and tame a shillelagh, a green staff. Sashes must be worn, and shillelaghs must be carried at all times during E-week. A candidate caught without their sash or shillelagh must read the Edict of St. Patrick in front of the proper official to have their item returned.

In addition to attending and leading E-week events, candidates perform service activities, travel across Missouri and meet with government officials.


E-week kings and queens started in 1921. At the time, queen candidates were neither engineers nor MU students. Non-engineering students from Stephens College and Columbia Christian College (now Columbia College) competed for the title of Queen of Love and Beauty. Competitions for the king title, and therefore king candidates, did not exist until 1984.

Meet the Royal Court Candidates of 2021!

King Candidates

Jackson Barry profile photoJackson Barry

Civil Engineering
Carrollton, Missouri
Representing Org: Engineering Ambassadors

Involved in St. Pats Board, Engineering Ambassadors, ASCE, Chi Epsilon, Jackson’s hobbies include hanging with friends, and enjoying the outdoors. After college he will be a field engineer with Kiewit.

Paul Orton profile photoPaul Orton

Computer Science
Drexel, Missouri
Representing Org: Mizzou Engineering Student Council

“I’m super involved both in and out of the College of Engineering! I serve as a leader in orgs like the Mizzou Computing Association, Engineering Student Council, and St. Pat’s Board among others. Outside of the College, I’m a member of the Homecoming Steering Committee and was a site leader for MAB over winter break. I love being with those close to me whether it’s on the couch watching TV, having a picnic on the Quad, or exploring downtown! After graduation, I hope to have a career in software engineering somewhere I can work on exciting projects that make positive impact!”

Babrak Roberts Tarakai

Mechanical Engineering
Fayette, Missouri
Representing Org: St. Pats Board, Engineer’s Club

“I am a senior in Mechanical Engineering here at Mizzou! On campus, I am involved in several clubs such as the Torq’N’Tigers Quarter Scale Tractor Pulling Team, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, St. Pat’s Board and Engineer’s Club, and Mizzou Alternative Breaks. For my hobbies I like to watch football, play video games, exercise, and take pictures of nature! After I graduate I plan on taking a job in the agricultural manufacturing field!”

Nathan Smith

Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
St. Charles, Missouri
Representing Org: Alpha Pi Mu

“Within the College of Engineering I am the president of Alpha Pi Mu, and a current member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Outside of the college I am a Resident Adviser in Hudson Hall and a participant in Mizzou Alternative Breaks. I like to play soccer and Spikeball, kayak, hike, and spend time with my friends in Columbia. After college I will be moving to Austin, Minnesota to work as an Associate Industrial Engineer for Hormel Foods.”

DeAndre Taylor

Information Technology
St. Louis, Missouri
Representing Org: National Society of Black Engineers

“I’m  the Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers here at Mizzou and the Historian of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Alpha Chapter. Hobbies include basketball, content creation, and web design. After College, I plan to relocate and work a career in IT specifically a position in Web Design and/or UX Design.”

Queen Candidates

Emma Flinner portraitEmma Flinner

Industrial Engineering
Chesterfield, Missouri
Representing Org: St. Pat’s Board

“I am involved in St. Pat’s Board, MESC, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE), SWE, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). My hobbies are music, traveling, and watching St. Louis sports! After college I plan to move to Des Moines, Iowa to start my full-time position as an Associate Industrial Engineer for Hormel Foods.”

Ashley Rolf portraitAshley Rolf

Information Technology
Severna Park, Maryland
Representing Org: Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Ashley Rolf is thrilled to be a part of such a cherished week of celebration for the engineers, as a queen candidate no less! A third generation legacy student, she loves anything that has to do with art and technology as she is an avid film enthusiast, constant crafter, an amusement park fanatic as she had the pleasure of working for The Walt Disney World Company for two months in spring of 2020, and a vocalist in the school of music here at Mizzou as well. She keeps her days busy as project manager on her research team under Director of the Information Technology program on a big data color analysis endeavor along with being the treasurer of Mizzou’s honors computing program, Upsilon Pi Epsilon. She also enjoys volunteering for the student sober driving service STRIPES, and is a proud member and sister of Kappa Alpha Theta. She plans to continue her creative technology streak by working for a local graphic design company back home in Maryland in hopes of one day working for Pixar as an animator and moving to Texas.

Brooke RungeBrooke Runge

Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics
St. Louis, Missouri
Representing Org: Engineering Ambassadors

“I am involved with Undergraduate Research with Dr. Fales, am the student director for Engineering Ambassadors and have been on two MAB trips! I love to hike, hammock, read, sit by bonfires, and generally just be outside. I graduate in December and am looking into graduate programs in the Aerospace field.”

Camryn Smiley portraitCamryn Smiley

Chemical Engineering
Aurora, Illinois
Representing Org: National Society of Black Engineers

Camryn Smiley is a Parliamentarian of NSBE and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling and anything food-related!

Katie Wiant portraitKatie Wiant

Mechanical Engineering
Defiance, Missouri
Representing Org: Engineering Ambassadors

“I am a member of Ambassadors, MESC, and St. Pats and I am the Chief of Staff to the VP of MSA. After graduation in May, I will be starting at Textron in their Leadership Development Program.”

Vote NOW for St. Patrick’s Court King and Queen!

Voting available now through Friday, March 19 at noon.

  • History
  • As a tradition with origins stemming back to the 1903, all engineering students revere Mizzou’s Engineers’ Week.
  • e-week Events
  • It is every engineer’s duty to participate in the celebration of Engineers’ Week.
  • St. Patrick's Court
  • Five queen candidates and Five king candidates make up St. Patrick’s court.
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