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Homecoming:
Court

HOMECOMING COURT

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.

Amber Alexander

Hometown: Springfield
Major: English
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Campus involvement (past and present): During my time on the Marion campus, I have been a two term President of “Kapow!” Creative Writing Club, where I help create a safe place for creative students to share and express themselves. I have also been a two term Treasurer for Undergraduate Student Government where I aided in the process of making club funding ran by students. Additionally, I was selected as a Sesquicentennial Scholar for Ohio State’s 150th anniversary and participated in leadership and mentor programming over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year. I am also a student employee for The Office of Student Life and Diversity and Inclusion where I head a student newsletter called “The Student Story” focusing on diversity and programming from a student’s perspective; I have also been a writing consultant in the Writing Center of the Academic Success Center where I helped students with writing papers, creating professional documents, and scholarship essays. More recently, I have become the Vice President of USG where I hope to advocate for more arts and more resources for students in need. What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?: To me, being a Buckeye is being a leader, but in your own way. A Buckeye is someone who is there for their community, someone who challenges other people around them for answers or better ones, and is the first to make change. Since I’ve officially become a Buckeye when I chose to attend this university in 2017, I have become more much aware of the voice I have and how to use it for the greater good. I have found the strength to fight for what I believe in, fight for other people who aren’t heard, and make a difference through what I’m learning in and outside of the classroom on campus. Most of all, being a Buckeye means being excited to learn and excited to give back to the community. It means overcoming obstacles and helping others do the same. It means being part of a family, especially on a regional campus, and I’m so grateful I’ve been able to be a part of that family.

Katie Jackson

Hometown: Genoa
Major: Public Leadership, Management, and Policy
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Campus involvement (past and present): Student Ambassador, attended variety of campus events, Tele-counselor and Front Desk worker for Admissions and Financial Aid department What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?: To me, being a Buckeye means being apart of a community of strong, motivated, and smart individuals. Being a Buckeye means living a life that will best represent The Ohio State University. Being a Buckeye means being kind, optimistic, and unapologetically oneself. And most importantly, being a Buckeye means being apart of a family.

Bayli Sanders

Hometown: Bryan
Major: Early Childhood Education
Rank: Senior
Student Bio: Campus involvement (past and present): Buckeye Ambassador ~ Freshman-Senior, Student Life ~ Sophomore-Senior, Enrollment Services ~ Junior & Senior, Science Fair Student Worker ~ Sophomore, Science Club ~ Freshman & Sophomore, Spanish Club ~ Freshman, Campus Activities Board ~ Sophomore-Senior (Secretary-Junior) (Treasurer-Senior), Kapow ~ Sophomore & Junior (Vice President-Junior) Undergraduate Student Government ~ Sophomore-Senior (Secretary- Sophomore) (Vice President/President-Junior) (President-Senior), Undergraduate Student Government Subcommittee for Student Club Funding ~ Sophomore-Senior, Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide Club ~ Sophomore & Junior (Secretary-Junior), Student Trustee ~ Sophomore, Homecoming Committee~ Sophomore, Sesquicentennial Committee ~ Sophomore, Renovation Committee ~ Sophomore & Junior, Teaching Excellent Award Committee ~ Junior, What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?: To me, being a Buckeye means to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Being a Buckeye means that no matter where I go in this world, I know that if I shout O-H, someone will shout I-O back. Being a Buckeye is not giving up when things don’t go as planned and sticking together through it all. There’s so much being a Buckeye holds, but the most important part for me is knowing I will always have a “nutty” family.

Dylan Brown

Hometown: Marion
Major: Biochemistry & Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Campus involvement (past and present): Improv Club (2018), Campus Activities Board (2019-2020), Homecoming Court (2020), Undergraduate Student Government (2020). What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?: To me, being a Buckeye is about the journey. It is not about rushing to get a degree but growing as an individual. As we continue with our education, we laugh, fail, and advance together. Fostering memories that will be cherished forever. My favorites will always be hysterical study sessions in the science building before the quizzes or midterms. Those final moments when we are all scrambling to memorize one more functional group, mechanism, diagram, or formula. It is in these moments that strangers become friends and friends become companions. To me, these truly are the days of “priceless worth.”

Rhett Hobbs

Hometown: Marysville
Major: Marketing
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Campus involvement (past and present): flag football, CMI (Campus ministry at OSUM). What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?: As a Buckeye, I feel it?s important to take all my lessons I learned, and apply them everywhere I go. I believe that Buckeye motto, education of citizenship, captures what I want for myself and for others to model. Being a Buckeye makes me want to go use my knowledge to take an active role in the outside world. Being a Buckeye is really about helping the community around you and making it better for everyone.

Ben Macklin

Hometown: Ostrander
Major: Zoology
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Campus involvement (past and present): CAB, Student Life Worker What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?: To be a Buckeye is to be part of a larger community of support in furthering oneself and their education. The atmosphere of The Ohio State University is welcoming towards new ideas as students develop into the person they will become. From high school students in CCP programs to retired adults, the university is an environment for people to come together with the common goal of furthering their education. With the wide range of classes available, The Ohio State University allows students to choose their own pathway towards their degree and work for it on their own pace. Buckeye students are given the resources to reach out for help whether it be with classroom material or personal conflict. In my personal experience, being a Buckeye has allowed me to discover who I truly want to be as a person and how I want to represent the university through my career. From the moment I was accepted as a Buckeye after applying through college credit plus, I have felt like a part of a larger community. Throughout my two years on campus I have made many connections with people, some younger than me and others twice my age. With the transition of incoming freshman in the fall and the departing of several peers from the branch campus, I believe that the importance of the Buckeye community is strong. Being a Buckeye goes beyond receiving a degree, it is the path towards a degree with every peer involved, all the experiences had on the journey, and the years to come in a future career.

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.