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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.

Nicki Carling

Hometown: Coshocton, OH
Major: Early Childhood Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Nicki serves as the Campus Activities Board (CAB) president and has served as the student co-chair for the incoming freshman leadership program known as Camp Hetuck. She has also been a player on the Mansfield campus’s "men’s" soccer team. In addition, she has helped with an Alzheimer’s walk on campus. Nicki has worked in the student union, and currently holds two positions on campus, working in the Campus Recreation Center as well as in the Marketplace. When asked what it means to be a Buckeye, Nicki says, "Being a Buckeye means being part of a huge family that all have the same feeling toward Ohio State. Being a Buckeye means going to the best school in the world, whether it be a regional or main campus, it doesn’t matter."

Melody Hartle

Hometown: Amherst, OH
Major: Health Sciences
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Melody is the student member of the Ohio State Mansfield Board. She also serves on the Campus Recreation Committee. She is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, has served as a telecounselor on the Mansfield campus, and is on the Dean’s List. When asked what being a Buckeye means to her, Melody says, "Being a Buckeye is about tradition, making life-long relationships, and receiving an outstanding education. As mentioned in Carmen Ohio, though time may pass, Buckeye spirit is something that will stay with you forever. Knowing I will always be a Buckeye, and will always have my Ohio State family supporting me means the world to me. Go Bucks!"

Allyssa Hostetler

Hometown: Galion, OH
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Allyssa is a member of Club Ed. To Allyssa, "Being a Buckeye means being a part of a larger community that positively gives back and fosters higher quality education."

Jacob Hamilton

Hometown: Bellville, OH
Major: Social Work
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Jacob serves as a Buckeye Ambassador on the Mansfield campus. In addition, he is active on campus as president of the student organization Awakening on Campus, and is also the undergraduate representative of the Mansfield Social Work Work Student Organization. Jacob says, "Being a Buckeye means being a part of a close, tight-knit community that carries on a tradition of success. It absolutely means the world to me, and I cannot say how blessed I have been in my time here. I would not be who I am today without this institution."

Matthew Kneisel

Hometown: Amherst, OH
Major: Finance
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Matthew has participated in intramural football and basketball on the Mansfield campus. He is on the Dean’s List. Matthew states, "Being a Buckeye has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. Now that I am a Buckeye it means moving on to bigger and better things as part of the best family there is. Go Bucks!"

Jay Mikalacki

Hometown: Medina, OH
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Jay is a resident adviser and office assistant at Molyet Village student housing on the Mansfield campus. He also serves as a member of the Campus Activities Board (CAB). In addition, he is involved in intramural sports on campus including dodgeball and knockerball. On what it means to be a Buckeye, Jay says, "Being a Buckeye means that you are part of something far greater than yourself, with an enormous support system behind you to give you endless opportunities to succeed. Ohio State is one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I love being a Buckeye. Go Bucks!"

Please contact Donna Hight with questions or for more information about Homecoming Court.

Please contact Tammy Smith with questions or for more information about Homecoming Court.