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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.

Kayla Brown

Hometown: Clyde, OH
Major: Business
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Kayla Brown is a junior from Clyde, OH majoring in Business with a focus towards Marketing. She 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 says, “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 Conkle

Hometown: New Bremen, OH
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Abbigayle (Zircher) Conkle is a senior from New Bremen, OH. She is majoring in Middle Childhood Education. 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! She states, “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.”

Mbali Hlongwane

Hometown: Dayton, OH
Major: Social Work
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Mbalenhle (Mbali) Hlongwane is a junior from Dayton, OH by way of South Africa. She is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Theater. 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 says, “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.

Levi Brake

Hometown: Van Wert, OH
Major: Middle Childhood Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Levi Brake is a senior from Van Wert, OH. He is majoring in Middle Childhood Education. 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, Carmony. Levi says as a future educator, he can give no higher praise for any school but Ohio State University. He says, “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!”

Logan Mitchell

Hometown: Bellefontaine, OH
Major: Social Work
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Logan Mitchell is a senior from Bellefontaine, OH majoring in Social Work. 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 saying, “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

Hometown: Kalida, OH
Major: Integrated Language Arts
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Spencer Vorst is a junior majoring in Integrated Language Arts from Kalida, OH. 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 ASL Club, the Harry Potter Club, and in 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. He said, “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.

Please contact Meredith Kincaid with questions or for more information about Homecoming Court.

Please contact Shane McCrory with questions or for more information about Homecoming Court.