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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.

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Lillian Longstreth

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Major: Theoretical Mathematics
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Lillian Longstreth. I am a sophomore at The Ohio State University at Marion. I am studying Theoretical Mathematics, and am working to find my field of study within my major. I travel to Marion from Delaware, and graduated from Delaware Hayes High School in 2012. My journey to The Ohio State University at Marion was not a straight path, my intention was to go down to the Columbus campus as a freshman and it was with reluctance that I first came to the Ohio State University at Marion. After spending the past year here I couldn’t be happier and I wish that I were able to finish my entire degree program here. The Ohio State University at Marion has become my home, and I am confident that my passion for our campus and my active involvement in student life and affairs makes me a good representative for our University and our community. I enjoy taking on various leadership roles around campus including my recent appointment as Undergraduate Student Government President. This role enables me to listen to student opinion and work with students, faculty, and administration to ensure that our campus is living up to its potential and catering to the needs of all who walk through our doors. I work with the Active Minds organization as well, and it is our hope that through various programming and events we can reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and raise awareness about the number of college students who are at risk for mental health issues. I also am currently helping to revitalize our OutLoud group on campus whose aim it is to ensure that our campus is a "safe space" for the LGBTQ community and it’s allies, as well as to actively work within our community and those surrounding us to pursue equal rights and treatment for the LGBTQ population. Although I have a passion for campus policy, student life, and diversity, I enjoy spending my time volunteering off-campus just as much. I am actively involved in the outreach ministry at my church in Delaware. One of our current missions takes us into the south end of town where we work with children from low-income homes. We work with these kids to provide them with positive role models, a safe place to be for a while, and the love they may not receive from home. It is because of my strong dedication to both the campus and my community that I also feel I will make a positive representative for The Ohio State University at Marion. The Ohio State University at Marion is my home, and the short drive from Delaware does not separate me from my family and community. I am a Buckeye through and through, and I am ecstatic to see our campus grow and thrive. After graduation, I hope to continue my education by entering into a PhD program, and then teach and do research. I intend to use the skills and knowledge I have acquired through my interactions and the relationships I have formed during my time at OSUM for the rest of my life. Thank you for your consideration, and I appreciate your vote for the 2014 Marion Homecoming Queen.

Ashley Neal

Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Major: Psychology, Minor: Classics
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Ashley Neal. I was born and raised here in Marion and graduated with honors from Ridgedale High School in 2012. I’m in my junior year here at Ohio State in Marion, majoring in psychology with a minor in classics. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time here and in the course of pursuing my degree I have gotten involved in the various opportunities and organizations here on campus, such as Psychology Club, French Club, and the Campus Activities Board, with which I volunteered and worked at events such as the Springfest and Fallfest of 2013, and the Spring 2014 Formal. I am President of Griffin Society, the social extension of the honors program, which plans fun and educational lectures and events open to all students and faculty. I’m also a student representative of the Marion Pioneering Healthier Communities organization, which has shown me many of the ways in which small changes to our habits and environments can make huge differences in our health and happiness, and has motivated me to help encourage these small changes in my community. Getting involved in these organizations has led me to exploring many other opportunities, such as tutoring other students, partaking in undergraduate research, and doing an internship, through all of which I have gained valuable experience and understanding, adding to my passion for psychology and learning. I’ve enjoyed many of the opportunities that can be found on this campus, but I’ve also gotten to know the people here as well. From the intuitive advice and guidance of my professors and mentors, to the friendships I’ve made here with my peers that I know will last far beyond our college years, I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this incredible community that is The Ohio State University at Marion. I know my experiences here have already and will continue to positively impact my future, and I strive to do the same for my fellow students and community members. I hope to represent you all as your 2014 Marion Homecoming Queen, and I appreciate your vote!

Ellen Perry

Hometown: Cardington, Ohio
Major: Psychology
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Hello my name is Ellie Perry. I am a junior at The Ohio State University at Marion. I am majoring in Psychology. While attending OSUM, I also work as a research assistant for the Psychology department and I am a student worker for the Faculty Services Office. I love getting involved on campus. I have found that getting involved leads you to meeting people who can help point you in the right direction. I am also a member of the Senate in Undergraduate Student Government. I chose to attend OSUM because it is close to home, and I love the small campus experience. It gives you a chance to know your professors on a one on one basis. I am planning to do an internship in the spring with a school psychologist, and I hope to attend graduate school to study school psychology. I graduated from Cardington- Lincoln High School, which is not too far from Marion. Of course the number one reason I wanted to attend Ohio State was to be a Buckeye! I think that I would make a great homecoming queen, as I am a leader in many ways. You may have seen me on the billboards. I already represent the university by my picture, and I would be honored to represent The Ohio State University at Marion as the Homecoming Queen! Thank you for your time and please vote! Go Bucks!

Kris Kasotis

Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Major: Exploring
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Kris George Wade Kasotis a twenty-four year old scholar interested in fine arts. A Marion native, Kris enjoys self-expression and maintains a mindful-healthy lifestyle. He finds pleasure in learning history of diverse cultures, especially traveling to foreign lands. Kris very much likes nature, to observe and hear its peaceful scenery; therefore you will most likely find him wearing no shoes, if the weather permits. His current favorite smell is that of fresh tomato vines, rather than the actual fruit. The colors blue and white are a combination that suits his eye, yet for a singular color he would choose green. He prefers herbal tea over coffee, but that’s just this month, as he often alternates, in phases, between the two beverages. Kris likes to collect books, aged glassware, and ethnic instruments. He practices yoga, digs in the garden, and drinks plenty of liquid water. Thank you.

Nathaniel McPherson

Hometown: Morral, Ohio
Major: Psychology
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Nathan McPherson. I am a sophomore in Psychology here at The Ohio State University at Marion. I am a Marion native, and I was home-schooled from the time I entered kindergarten at age four until my senior year, after which I graduated from Ridgedale High School in 2013 at age seventeen. I began attending classes at Ohio State Marion in the fall of 2013 as a PSEO student. Even as a sixteen year old high school student, I immediately fell in love with the campus and the students that make this campus their educational environment. Because I am a Marion native and chose to attend The Ohio State University at Marion, I feel that I am a good representative of the campus. I wish to help break the stigma that has been associated with attending the branch here in Marion, and promote the fact that the education that students receive here is on par with what they would experience at main campus. I also feel I am a good representative because I follow Ohio State’s tradition of community involvement. I have been involved on campus by serving as the Vice-President of the Griffin Society, which seeks to further enrich students learning experience by offering talks about subjects that might be of interest to them. I have also served as the Secretary of the Psychology Club, where we seek to expand students understanding of psychology, promote and introduce volunteer opportunities to help students gain experience in the field. In the community I have worked with the American Red Cross Wyandot County Branch instructing swim lessons that teach children skills that allow them to enjoy the water safely and also teach basic water rescue techniques so that they will be prepared in the case of an emergency. I have also worked as a tutor on campus at the Academic Enrichment Center, where I tutor students in Math, and help match students who request help with the tutors that will work best for them; when I was a senior in high school, I was also the tutor for the boy’s track team where I was able to help students with any subject they had trouble in. I feel that I am a good candidate for Homecoming King because I am actively involved on and off campus with the task of helping students achieve success not only academically, but also showing them that, no matter what their past background might be, they can achieve whatever they set their minds to. After finishing my Bachelor’s Degree here in Marion, I hope to attend medical school and study the field of pediatrics, so that I can help our future Buckeyes develop healthily. In short, I love being a Buckeye and I thank you for your time, and I appreciate your votes for Homecoming King. Go Bucks!! Nathaniel S. McPherson

Tayler Willey

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: I am the second oldest in a family of eight children. I graduated from Harding High School in 2010. My girlfriend Leanna and I have a puppy named Milo, and live in Delaware, Ohio. My parents and youngest brother live in Marion where he attends Grant Middle School. I found my calling as an educator while I was a youth leader in my church where and devoted myself to the education program here at OSUM. I enjoy working with kids and am currently doing a placement at Pleasant Middle School where I get to teach 6th graders. My life has always been a struggle: from being deaf until I was 7 to living below the poverty line most my life, to working 2 jobs while attending school full-time; but The Ohio State University at Marion has contributed to me being in the promising position I am today.

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