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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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Taylor Hightower

Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Major: Social Work
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Hello my name is Taylor Hightower. I was born and raised here in Marion and am currently a senior here at the Ohio State University at Marion. I began my college journey a little rocky but all of that took a turn for the best over the past two years. I started as a psychology major but then switched to social work because I have such a huge passion and a calling to help people, especially children and social work is the best fit for what I want to do. I originally was supposed to go to school in Findlay but God had a different plan and I ended up here. I have been on both Marion and Columbus campus for OSU and have some great and some challenging experiences along the way. I love attending this school and it is great that I have also been working at OSU for the past two years now with a great staff. I have been able to get so much more involved in school activities and in the community which makes me love this school ten times more. So much has happened throughout my life but I am thanking the Lord that He has given me this opportunity to be at this school and to be representing the university as a member of the court. I have learned so many skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my life from not only my professors but also from staff and from other people in clubs that I have joined. My faith is strong and no matter who gets chosen as Queen this year the glory will go to God. I am very excited about all that is to come and I would be honored to represent this university as Homecoming Queen for 2015 to the best of my ability with a whole lot of Buckeye Pride so please vote. Thanks everyone.

Ashley Irvin

Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Major: English
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Ashley Irvin. I was born and raised here in Marion Ohio. I graduated in 2012 from Pleasant High School as a National Honor Society member. I am the daughter of Toni and Jerry Irvin and I am the sister of Hollie Irvin. I am a member of the Marion First Church of the Nazarene and I am a youth leader for middle schoolers at Cornerstone Alliance Church. I am a senior here at Ohio State Marion which means I am enjoying every single minute I have left this year. I currently work on campus in the office of Admission and Financial Aid. I have worked here for almost two years now. The opportunities I have had due to working on campus have been amazing. I have had the chance to see many students start their academic careers and also help families see their students on this campus through visit days and orientations. It has been so special for me to be able to work and go to school in the community that helped make me who I am. As Queen, I would represent not only Ohio State Marion, but really Marion itself and that is very exciting to me. I hope to positively continue to impact this community and this university and your vote for Queen can help me achieve that! I hope to represent this student body as your 2015 Homecoming Queen and I appreciate your vote!

Emily Levings

Hometown: Cardington, Ohio
Major: Early Childhood Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Emily Levings. I was raised in Cardington and graduated with an Honors Diploma in 2012. I am in my senior year here in Ohio State in Marion, and I am majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a teacher and found a great program here at Marion. There is a phenomenal staff of professors who genuinely care about making us the best prepared for a career in the education system. I work in the Marion Campus Recreation Office so I have been active in many different activities on campus. I was involved in the organization of the Halloween party, the speech given by OSU Buckeye great Stanley Jackson, and intramural volleyball. On the campus I have been very active in the musical department. My freshman year of college I was the lead in the musical Xanadu here on campus. I thoroughly enjoyed that musical because I am a huge fan of 80’s music and all of that music was from Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton John. After that I have still been active in the musicals such as The Drowsy Chaperone and The Wiz. Both were fantastic experiences with great people that I will remember for the rest of my life. I’m also active in my community by helping with Cardington Colt Football. I announce the football games as well as help prep and tear down the concession stand. Also in my community I am a youth leader for the Cardington Church of the Nazarene. I teach the teens lessons and prep for activities. God is good, all the time. Thank you for reading a little bit about me. O-H

Jacob Kroh

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Major: Neuroscience
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: My name is Jacob Kroh, I am a sophomore at Ohio State Marion studying neuroscience. I was born in Albuquerque New Mexico and spent the last 11 years in Kansas before moving here last year for college. Before college I was homeschooled from my freshman year of high school on. In my spare time, I play golf, watch comically bad movies (called Z movies) with my dad, I enjoy building things, playing chess, reading non-school books, and just generally having a good time when I don’t have any homeworks on. I chose neuroscience as a natural progression to my overall goal of medicine. From a young age, I have wanted to be a physician and help people, though over the years the specific specialty has changed. About a year ago I settled on psychiatry as the direction I wanted to go. I have always felt a very strong link with people suffering with mental illnesses and wanted to help them. I hope to work to create and implement new treatments to improve people lives and overall to fight the stigma that mental illness has taken on. To this goal I hope to finish my undergraduate work and attend medical school to get my M.D, though I may pursue a master’s degree in behavioral or clinical neuroscience before going to medical school. The Ohio State University has treated me very well since I started and the Marion campus especially has been great to be. I am honored to be on the homecoming court for the 2015/2016 year.

Austin Richards

Hometown: Powell, Ohio
Major: Philosophy
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Austin Richards and I’m a sophomore here at Ohio State Marion. Before attending OSU I grew up in Powell where I attended Olentangy Liberty. In me first year here on Marion I was the schools captain on our annual hot wing eating team, which set an OSUM record 129 wings in five minutes. During my senior year of high school I had made the decision to move up to Marion to live here for the entire year. For my entire time here at OSUM I have lived within a few miles which has given me a tremendous opportunity to stay on campus and meet lots of students. Midway through my first year here on campus I never had any intentions of coming back for another year, but as the year progressed I enjoyed my time more and more. Ultimately I decided another year was best for me at Marion and like Lebron I came back. I would be certainly honored to be the king here as I hope I embody all that OSUM represents. Thank you for your vote, and I’ll see ya around!

Dixon Shapiro

Hometown: Marysville, Ohio
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Dixon Shapiro, and I am a sophomore at The Ohio State University at Marion, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Before I go any further, a fun fact about me is that I am half-Japanese. I was also born in Japan and have lived there for five years. Going back to the main topic, I graduated from Marysville High School and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in 2014. When I first decided to go to The Ohio State University, I didn’t know whether I should go to the Columbus campus or the Marion campus. I am very happy I chose the Marion campus, and I wish I could finish my degree here. This campus is very nice and quiet, while the classes are smaller and the professors can give you more of their attention than at the Main campus. The Marion campus has become my second home, and I am confident that I can be a good representative for our University and the community. I enjoy helping this campus, along with its students and teachers. For instance, I am a Student Employee for the basic engineering classes. I have also volunteered to assist in the two Summer Engineering Boot Camps. I have also volunteered as a Team Leader for the Freshman Orientation Day event. Although I have done many things in-campus, there are many other things I have done off-campus, more specifically in my hometown. I volunteer as a teacher at my local Martial Arts studio. I have also done some work in a group called the Master Gardeners, where I helped replant flowers and greenery in the public parks. At the public library, I have volunteered to categorize and place library items at their respective locations. I believe that my commitment to both the campus and my community will make me a positive representative for The Ohio State University at Marion. I am proud to be a Buckeye, and I love this university very much. Thank you for your time, and I hope I can receive your vote for the 2015 Marion Homecoming King. GO BUCKS!!!

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