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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.

Hailey Batross

Hometown: Marion
Major: Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Being a Buckeye is something to have pride in. You are a part of an amazing community of individuals and educators. Being a Buckeye is being a part of the bigger picture. You are a part of something so much bigger than just your campus. You are a role model, a mentor, a tutor, a friend, and an educator to all the future Buckeyes out there. You are an inspiration to others, and a visual of the level of pride the student body have for their university. Go Bucks!

Lydia Drake

Hometown: Delaware
Major: Psychology
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Being a Buckeye means being part of something bigger than yourself. Buckeye culture and traditions unite us through a shared sense of community and devotion to our alma mater. Being a Buckeye means never being alone, for there is a whole nation behind you. Being a Buckeye is about enveloping each other in love and support, through good times and bad. It’s about paying it forward and helping the next person realize their dreams just as you have realized yours. Buckeyes are a wave of influence that leads to social change and leaves a lasting impact on the world. As for me, being a Buckeye has become an integral part of my identity and has forever changed how I see myself. Being a Buckeye has defined my college experience and the decisions I continue to make. Buckeye spirit will remain part of us forever, no matter where we are or who we become. It reminds us of the best of times and keeps us going strong, no matter the obstacles that lie in our path.

Megan Oder

Hometown: Mount Gilead
Major: Criminology
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: To me, being a Buckeye means working together in a collaborative environment to make campus a fun and safe place to learn! It means supporting each other and creating a sense of community that welcomes every single person. It means maintaining the tradition that accompanies being a Buckeye and pursuing an education with pride, holding myself accountable to the highest possible standards, and taking advantages of the opportunities that are offered to me so I can be the best person that I can be.

Isaac Green

Hometown: Marysville
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: To be a Buckeye means that you help family. What I mean by this is, when you become a Buckeye you are apart of a big family and being a part of this family you look out for one another. As a Buckeye you share your experiences, knowledge, and happiness to all other Buckeyes. This information will help guide these Buckeyes. Also, being a Buckeye, it is our duty to strive for excellence and demand that from others as well.

Nuh Issack

Hometown: Columbus
Major: Biology
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Hi, Ohio State Marion students! My name is Nuh Abdullahi Issack. I am honored to be nominated for OSUM 2018 Homecoming Court along with my amazing peers. I was born in Somalia but brought up in Kenya. I moved to Columbus, Ohio, and I have lived here for 5 years so far. Go Bucks! I have a big family. I have four brothers and two sisters.English is my 4th language out of the four languages I know. I speak Swahili, Somali, English and have a working knowledge of Arabic. I am a junior in biology here at The Ohio State University at Marion. After I graduate, I would like to attend pharmacy school. You are probably thinking I am another person just trying to earn a lot of money and live a lavish life. I have a deep passion for pharmacy. I would like to become a pharmacist and help with the health issues in Somalia and around the world. I truly believe that everyone deserves the right to good health. Often there many inequities among groups based on money, resources and location. My purpose in life is to use my skills and knowledge to try to help humanity. I feel that I am a good representative of the campus. Not only do I excel in my academic career, I am involved in the campus. I am the vice president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) here at Marion and the chairman of Swahili club. The main objective of the Muslim Club is to bring together Muslims of diverse backgrounds and cultures under one unified, organized, proactive club; to spread Islam awareness across campus; and to engage in community service. I am also a tutor for both Swahili and Arabic students and help them improve in their performance.

Matt McPherson

Hometown: Morral
Major: Biology
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Being a Buckeye is about being part of a community. It’s groups of students working together to achieve their common goals and creating life-long friendships along the way. There are professors who want to challenge you, but also help you succeed in and out of the classroom. They don’t just teach class materials; your professors will become mentors to guide you on your journey towards a career. Being a Buckeye is also about discovering new interests you never thought you would enjoy in a variety of areas. As a Buckeye, you learn how to reinforce your strengths as well as improve on your weaknesses. It can be difficult to make these changes sometimes, but your professors and fellow students will be beside you every step of the way.

Please contact Korey Ayers with questions or for more information about Homecoming Court.

Please contact Kathleen Clemons with questions or for more information about Homecoming Court.