The Ohio State University at Lima

Homecoming Court 2017

The 2017 Lima Homecoming Court was selected from a pool of applicants based on their leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, scholastic performance and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Ohio State. A selection committee interviewed each applicant and chose three male and three female students to comprise the Lima Homecoming Court. The application and interview scores are combined with the student body vote to determine Lima’s king and queen, those undergraduate students at Ohio State Lima voted for their court choices the week of September 18.

Lima’s Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen will be announced at a ceremony in Columbus during Homecoming Week, Oct. 2-7, 2017. The entire court will participate in activities during the week both in Lima and Columbus, at the Homecoming Parade and during the Homecoming Game against the University of Maryland Terrapins.

Levi Brake, senior in Middle Childhood Education, of Van Wert


This fall, you can find Levi helping with the Lincolnview High School Marching Band as their Drumline Instructor. Even though that keeps him busy he is still active on campus. Levi has been a math tutor in the Heath Learning Center and a private math tutor, a University Ambassador, and a member of the award-winning a cappela group Carmony. Levi said as a future educator, he can give no higher praise for any school but Ohio State University. “Ohio State provides an education that is affordable, accessible, and of the highest quality.” On a side note he said, “Also, OSU has provided me an obscene number of opportunities!”

Kayla Brown, junior in Business with a focus on Marketing, of Clyde


Kayla is involved in numerous things on campus including being the President of Student Senate, Secretary of Alpha Sigma Upsilon, and Vice President of the Business Club. As the President of Senate, Kayla led the initiative to collaborate with the American Red Cross, even earning campus an award. Kayla also works on campus as an Intern in our Admissions Office and in our Communications office. When asked why she wants to represent the University on Homecoming Court, Kayla said, “This campus alone is not just an institution but it is also a second home. This campus has presented me with bountiful opportunities, introduced me to some of my closest friends, and has fostered some wonderful memories.”

Abbigayle (Zircher) Conkle, senior in Middle Childhood Education, of New Bremen


Abby is involved on campus and in her community. She is a University Ambassador, and a Financial Aid Student Assistant as well as a member of the Honors Program. She is also a lifeguard and was the Director of Outreach and Events for her church. Abby is thrilled to represent Ohio State. “I believe in this University, and I believe in what it stands for. I believe Ohio State is a place people can come and change their lives, and the lives of generations to come. I believe it because that has been my experience. I came to OSU a young girl scared to talk to anyone, who planned to do what was needed to graduate, and then be on my way without any change or growth. I could not have been more wrong. I have come into my own in a way that I never could have imagined.”

Mbalenhle (Mbali) Hlongwane, junior in Social Work with a minor in Theatre, of Dayton, by way of South Africa


Mbali stays active on campus with leading roles in Rent, She Kills Monsters, and The Cat That Walked By Himself. She is also an active member of our Newman Student Outreach Club and the Honors Club. If Mbali looks familiar, she also represents the Lima campus in television and print ads. Mbali said, “Ohio State Lima was not the campus I saw myself staying at all four years, but after my first year I knew this is where I wanted to for the duration of my undergraduate education. The environment, faculty, and my friends have all impacted me and made me realize Ohio State is my second home.”

Logan Mitchell, senior in Social Work, of Bellefontaine


Logan keeps busy on and off campus with his many activities. Off campus, he works for Dairy Queen and is a Young Mens Group Leader in his church. When on campus, Logan is active in our award-winning a cappella group Carmony, even singing a solo at ICCA competition. He has also been on our Barons basketball team, and a University Ambassador in our Admissions office. Logan feels inspired by OSU and our Lima campus. “I love the atmosphere! We say that are a small campus but we have a big attitude and we love to do ‘big’ around here. We are our own little family and I love it!”

Spencer Vorst, junior in Integrated Language Arts, of Kalida


Spencer is a face that all of our students see thanks to his job as a Student Assistant in our Academic Advising. The hours there keep him busy but he stays active in the American Sign Language Club, the Harry Potter Club, and as a member of his church’s choir. Spencer has enjoyed his time at Ohio State, and thinks his work experience gives him the best view of what Ohio State can do for students. “With my job in the Advising office, I have the opportunity to see students come in their freshmen year when they are nervous and skeptical. Throughout the year, I get to see them coming in and being more comfortable and getting involved in majors and programs they love. I get to see that growth in so many of our students. It truly shows how Ohio State can help any student lead a successful life. I know an Ohio State education, my friends, and professors, have made me look at options for my future that I would never guessed.”

Homecoming 2017 Events: Welcome Home to Ohio State Lima

Homecoming Court’s Kickoff Picnic
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Mon. Oct. 2, 2017: The Quad: Homecoming Court (Abby, Spencer, Mbali, Levi, Kayla, and Logan) want you to join them on the Quad for food and fun!

Ohio State Lima Has Talent
6:30-8:00 p.m., Tues., Oct. 3, 2017, Reed Hall Cafeteria: Come and see our acts astound and amaze you at our talent show during Homecoming Week! (Students, staff and faculty: Have a talent that you want to showcase to campus? Sign up with Meredith Kincaid by Sept. 27.)

Pumpkin Carving with FYE
1 p.m., Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, The Quad: First Year Experience sponsors everyone’s favorite fall activity! Carve the best pumpkin and win prizes.

Alumni Awards Program
5:30 p.m., Thur., Oct. 5, 2017, Reed Hall Cafeteria: The Alumni Awards Program debuts the Early Achievement Alumni Award, honoring Tyler Burklund (BA in Communication Analysis and Practice, 2013) and Kristin Schafer, MD (BS in Biology, 2012). Past and current Homecoming Court members will join the program. Reception is at 5:30 p.m. with opening remarks at 6:00 p.m. RSVP at