Court members are selected based on their leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Ohio State. The Court selection process begins with a paper application. Based on application scores and GPA, individual interviews are offered and conducted by OSU faculty, staff, and alumni. The scores from the paper application and interview are combined with the student body vote, and the court is announced.
Court members then volunteer and serve as ambassadors during Welcome Week and Homecoming Week, prior to a student body vote and announcement of the Homecoming Queen and King.
Hometown: Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Major: New Media & Communication Technology
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Amanda deJonge, and I am a junior here at Ohio State Marion. I graduated with honors from Upper Sandusky High School in 2014, and I originally came to Ohio State Marion to major in psychology. I’ve always had a passion for digital media, so after working for a year in the office of communications and marketing here on campus, I realized graphic design and videography was something I could, in fact, make a living out of. I changed my major to new media and communications technology in 2015, and started my own media consulting business. Being a student employee on campus has brought me in touch with some of the most amazing people, and I’ve come out of my shell as a young adult as I’ve been more involved with students, staff, and faculty, as well as the community. During my time here, I have had the pleasure of participating in the Honors Program, receiving academic awards in digital media and French, being President of French Club, becoming Safe Zone certified, volunteering as a board member at the United Way of Marion, becoming Safe Zone certified, placing 3rd in Marion’s Got Talent, communicating with a campus audience as a Buckeye Media Envoy, kicking off Marion’s very first Rotaract Club, and studying abroad in Ireland. This campus has allowed me to broaden my horizons, speak in new ways, better myself as a person and as a professional, and see the world through an educated lens. Bearing in mind all the wonderful individuals I have crossed paths with in my last two years at Ohio State, I cannot express how grateful I am for all I have experienced and all the wonderful pieces of my academic journey that are still to come. Don’t be afraid to be yourself on this campus; reach out to others and seize the opportunity to achieve - there’s a reason we call this campus home. Of all the ways I identify, being a Buckeye is by far my favorite. I hope to represent all of you in the best ways possible as The Ohio State University at Marion Homecoming Queen with your vote. Go Bucks!
Hometown: LaRue, Ohio
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Student Bio: Hi there! My name is Hannah Fuller. I was born and raised here in Marion county and graduated with a +4.0 GPA and honors from Elgin High School in 2014. Currently, I’m a Buckeye here at Ohio State Marion majoring in middle childhood education with concentrations in language arts and social studies. You may have seen me around in Academic Enrichment tutoring writing at the front desk and Admissions /Financial Aid in Maynard helping students to have the best college experience they can! I’ve found other fun ways to get involved like our annual Ohio State Marion musical, community theatre at the Palace here in Marion, being published in The Cornfield Review here on campus, and winning Spring 2016’s Digital Media Composition award with my short film: “18”. Other than fun extracurriculars, I’m also the Vice-President of Undergraduate Student Government, an active leader of Ohio State Marion’s honors-social outreach program The Griffin Society, a volunteer at Harding High School as an English tutor, and I enjoy introducing new students to not only Ohio State Marion but to the college experience. This spring I’m also looking forward to participating in my honors research thesis with middle childhood literature in the classroom and on campus. These past three years have been a blast and I wouldn’t trade any of my time here for anything. To represent Ohio State Marion and their students is another dream for me and I’m always blown away by the opportunities offered here on campus. My drive and dedication to the student body would bring about apt representation and would give a voice to our collection of Buckeyes here on campus. I hope to represent you all as your 2016 Marion Homecoming Queen, and I appreciate your vote! O-H…!
Hometown: New Riegel, Ohio
Major: Social Work
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Mackenzie Reinhart! I am a sophomore here at The Ohio State University at Marion. I chose this school for the small class sizes. Our small class sizes allow for personal connection between students and staff that far surpasses many other universities. Our small campus allows us to get to know those around us. Here we are not just a number. Coming from a really small town, it was important to me to go to a school where I could make a difference and make my mark on the world. I graduated in 2015 from New Riegel High School with 28 other students! Instead of commuting I live at the Annex of Marion. It has been a great way to meet new people and has led to many great friendships! It has also made it easier to become involved on campus. I am currently the president of Active Minds. As a social work major, it is very important to me to promote mental health. Our group strives to reduce stigmas about mental health among college students! In my spare time, I have been a part of Five Nights on Campus by being in the Fall musical production A Day in Hollywood, A Night in The Ukraine, and plan to be a part of future musical productions in the next few years! To relax, I enjoy baking a variety of sweets, drawing, painting, and playing the piano. When I have the time, I love to go play the piano in nursing homes near my hometown. Ohio State Marion has become my home away from home. I have fallen in love with our school and this city. The friends, connections, and memories I have made are ones I will never forget! I want to continue to become more involved in student life here to give back to the school, city, and people that have given me so much! I am proud to say I attend The Ohio State University at Marion. Thank you so much for your consideration! Go Bucks!
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Ethan Clewell. I am a sophomore here at Ohio State Marion. I’ve have always lived in Marion. I graduated from River valley in 2015. I am a journalism major. When I first got to Ohio State I decided I was going to get really involved based on the idea that the more time I spent on campus the better off I would be academically. Based on that theory, I started the Music Festival Club, I joined the Spanish Club, and the Magazine Club. The best part about Ohio State Marion is being in the classroom. The professors here are great. I have never had a bad experience with a professor and the size of the classes are small enough to be able to talk to the professors one on one. Recently I began an internship with the campus communications office and TV 22 in Marion. I have had the opportunity to work with industry professionals to brainstorm ideas for a new program highlighting all things Ohio State Marion, including our students. As we begin production on the program, I hope to have the opportunity to run video cameras, edit pieces for the program, and provide on air talent doing stand ups for different reports. I got into journalism because I wanted the opportunity to explore the world. I have always aspired to be an international reporter for a respected news organization. I believe the experience that I am getting through this internship and my education are great first step toward achieving my dreams. I am honored to represent, not only the Marion community, but The Ohio State University and this campus. I have had a few siblings attend Ohio State. There is a family connection to this great university and I am ready to continue that tradition.
Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio
Student Bio: Hi, Ohio State Marion students! My name is Abdulaziz Hamid, but most people just call me Aziz. I am honored to be nominated for the 2016 Marion Campus Homecoming Court along with five of my amazing peers. I was born in Kenya, but moved to Boston, Massachusetts, when I was a small child. I moved to Hilliard, Ohio, and I have lived here for 10 years so far. Go Bucks! I have a big family. I have four brothers and one sister. I am the middle child. English is my 3rd language out of the four languages I know. I speak Chimwiini (a dialect of Swahili), Somali, English and have a working knowledge of Spanish. I am a junior in Biology here at The Ohio State University at Marion. After I graduate I would like to attend medical school. You are probably thinking I am another person just trying to earn a lot of money and live a lavish life. No! I am not. I could care less about the status and money of becoming a physician. I have a deep passion for medicine. I would like to become a physician and help with the health issues in Kenya and around the world. I truly believe that everyone deserves the right to good health. Often times there many inequities among groups based on money, resources, and location. My purpose in life is to use my skills and knowledge to try to help humanity. I feel that I am a good representative of the campus. Not only do I excel in my academic career, I am involved in the campus. I am the president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) here at Marion. Our goal is to bring together Muslims of diverse backgrounds and cultures under one unified, organized, proactive club; to spread Islam awareness across campus; and to engage in community service. I am the secretary of the Biology and Chemistry Club and a member of the Men of African Descent Club. I was a part of the international festival here at Marion last year. I am also involved in my hometown of Hilliard. I am a tutor at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Hilliard. I assist students with assignments. I help students develop good study strategies and techniques. I help promote independent learning. I am also a Children’s Clubhouse volunteer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. I assist in providing safe and appropriate supportive activities for pre-school and school-age siblings of children receiving care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. I currently have two jobs and balance them with my rigorous course schedule. I work at KFC and at Riverside Methodist Hospital. As you can see, I am a busy and proactive student. Thank you for your time, and I would appreciate your votes for Homecoming King. Go Bucks!
Hometown: Cardington, Ohio
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Student Bio: Hello to all at our great campus! My name is Zane Urquhart and I am studying to be a 4th-8th grade educator in Social Studies and Language Arts at The Ohio State University at Marion. I grew up in Cardington, in Morrow County, which is the next county east of us. While this may suggest that I haven’t really left the region, I have rapped in Compton, became a two-time finalist in R&B for the largest music industry publishing company at ASCAP’s "I am music" expo in 2013-2014, and opened up for such prominent Hip-Hop groups like Dru Hill. After 3 years pursuing my passion and finally ending my last performance in Long Beach opening for Sisqo, I came back home to find out what I was going to do with my life after performing. To be completely honest, I really didn’t have any identity other than a musician. I pursued nursing, the military, and even becoming a state trooper, but nothing seemed to replace the hole in my heart that was left from not, "making it" in the music industry. The summer of 2015 at the Marion campus with our Professor Patty Muir reshaped my future, my self-confidence, and led me to a new calling I never thought would complete me again. The passion that I saw in Patty for struggling children and the cycle of poverty that plagued our region clicked like one of those stereotypical light bulbs over my head. I could give my love and energy to the place that helped shape me from a very young age and help our community in the most direct way: planting the seed of hope in our children’s future. I have been blessed with so many opportunities through our campus due to the tight knit community our education program has with Marion City Schools. Cheryl Slack, another stellar professor, suggested I apply for an after school program at Taft Elementary to work with at risk youth in math and literacy. Somehow I managed to land a support staff position for the 2015-2016 year, and these kids made me find my purpose in this world as a teacher, educator, drill sergeant at some times, and a friend. That year working and making relationships with these wonderful kids and teachers solidified my purpose in life and what I was capable of again. With all these wonderful adventures at Taft, I am proud to accept a position at Taft and Hayes Elementary schools as their community family outreach coordinator. Without our staff, our one-on-one education system, and the strong connections a university and community can cultivate, I would still be a lost soul. The Ohio State University at Marion figuratively saved my life. While I might not be the class president or work in student affairs, our campus, community, and staff have made me feel like a king again. I would be honored to become yours and GO BUCKS!