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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.

Morgan DeWitt

Hometown: Marysville, Ohio
Major: English
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: In 2007, I was 10 years old. The cool way to communicate in 2007 was via e-mail. If you remember as I do, it was very important what the signature on your e-mails was. Whoever had the coolest colors, graphics, and slogan in their email signature was the person you wanted to be your best friend. Naturally, my email signature was “Born a Buckeye”. 10 years old and I already knew that Ohio State was the place to be! Ohio State Marion has exceeded my 10 year old expectations of what I wanted out my college experience. I feel I’ve taken a giant cannonball into a pool of opportunity on this campus. When I first started college at Ohio State Marion I wasn’t familiar with the town or what it had to offer. I quickly felt at home when professors, students, and staff opened their arms and helped me get involved with several organizations on campus. As a freshman, I started the student magazine on campus, The Study Break, and the Sustainability Club, Moccasins. You might also see me working in academic advising as the student assistant, volunteering with the United Way Let’s Read 20 program, or out and about working on public policy. I’ve had the chance to work with elementary students, college peers, and older members of the community and each have taught me many lessons and have helped me find my purpose and direction in my life. Through the many experiences I’ve had in Marion, I was able to spend my summer interning with Marion’s congressman in Washington D.C. Through these experiences, I’ve decided I would love to become a public servant and dedicate my life to helping others. I would have never had the confidence to do such a thing without the inspiration I found in the Marion community and the gracious help and opportunities from the members I’ve gotten to know. I hope to represent you all as your 2017 Marion Homecoming Queen. I appreciate your vote! From one passionate Buckeye to another, O-H…! ***Morgan DeWitt ~ Born a Buckeye***

Jasmine Gaffney

Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Major: Business Insurance
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Hello fellow Buckeyes! My name is Jasmine Gaffney. I am junior here at Ohio State Marion and majoring in business insurance and minoring in sociology. I was born and raised here in Marion, OH and graduated from Harding High School, right across the street, in 2015. You may recognize me from the admissions/ financial aid office here on campus, giving tours and giving new and current students the best experience that I can in and out of the office. Some current involvements that I have are in the Sociology and Criminology Club. I am the vice president and treasurer of the club and am involved with the Social Work Club. Outside of the school I am going to be involved in helping the United Way do underprivileged people’s taxes in the spring and hoping to get involved in more in the future. With my degrees and my experiences I hope to work with people who do not have insurance and help them finance their way through their medical bills. Being able to help the community and give students the best time they can have on campus are two of the dearest things to me. Being a Buckeye gives me the opportunity to do these things and I want to give back as much as I can and if being a voice for the campus is one, I would be more than honored. With the last three years, I would not trade my experiences here for anything! To represent Ohio State Marion and our students would be one of the biggest honor I could receive and I hope to this fall as your 2017 Marion Homecoming Queen! I more than appreciate your vote! Go Bucks! Thank You, Jasmine R. Gaffney

Kristina Mason

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Major: Psychology
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Hello fellow Buckeyes! My name is Kristina Mason and I’m sure you have seen me around campus. I am currently a junior on the Marion campus. I spend most of my time on campus either in class or working at my on-campus job in the human resources department. I love my job and my favorite part is that I get to work with other students, assisting them in their student employment. I am also the President of the Rotaract Club on campus. The Rotaract Club is a volunteer organization that is sponsored by our local Marion Rotary Club. I love getting to work alongside the Rotary Club and many local business owners in helping to make the community a better place. Last year, our Rotaract Club went to all of the Marion City elementary schools and helped clean up their gardening beds that had become overrun with weeds. Our project landed us a great article in the Marion Star newspaper. We strongly believe in the power of teaching young kids to take part in growing their own healthy fruits and vegetables and the sense of pride that comes from achieving that. This project has inspired the students at these schools to start their own gardening club. You also may know me as being the President of the Psychology Club. I absolutely love psychology and I strive to learn as much as I possibly can about the subject. By being such a big part of the Psychology Club, I am able to help psych majors and minors learn more about their favorite subject. The Psychology Club focuses on allowing students to learn interesting things about psychology that they may not have learned in the classroom. After I graduate with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, I hope to continue my education with a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health. One day I will achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a mental health counselor. If you see me on campus please come say “hi”. I’m not shy at all and I love meeting new people! Also stop by the human resources office in Maynard Hall and check out the picture of me and J.T Barrett (I love talking about it)! Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey on the Marion campus, and please vote for me as your 2017 Marion Campus Homecoming Queen. I believe I am a great representative of what it is like to live the Buckeye dream! As Homecoming Queen I will put my focus in helping to continue to make our campus a wonderful place to be! Thank you for your vote and …GO BUCKS!

Nicholas Pomeroy

Hometown: Mount Gilead, Ohio
Major: Education, Child and Youth Studies
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: Hello, my name is Nicholas Pomeroy, but I am usually referred to as Nic. I was born in Columbus, but moved north to the village of Mount Gilead when I was young. I graduated from Mount Gilead High School in 2013. I am a Buckeye enrolled here at Ohio State Marion majoring in education, child and youth studies. I spend the majority of my time in the George H. Alber Student Center, as it emanates a welcoming environment, perfect for hanging out with friends or working on assignments. It just so happens to be my place of employment, as well. I hold the job title of “court monitor” which entails being in charge of intramural sports, scheduling open gym times for various activities, helping out with campus events, and making student ID’s. Over the last two years, I have implemented new intramural sport opportunities such as a 3-on-3 basketball league, a flag football league, and cornhole tournaments. This provides students with the chance to be active and competitive after graduating high school. Over the past four years of attending Ohio State Marion, I have attained a great amount of admiration for this small, yet tight-knit community. It would be such an honor to be able to represent this beautiful campus and all of the amazing people who attend it as the 2017 Marion Homecoming King! With your support and your vote, I can help monitor the basketball court as well as the homecoming court! I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration. Go Bucks! O-H...!

Julio Romero

Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Major: Mechanical and Welding Engineering
Rank: Sophomore
Student Bio: Howdy there! I’m Julio Romero. I’m a local boy from Marion, Ohio, born and raised, making me the first American-born person in my family. My parents came to Marion from a small village in Zacatecas, Mexico. I’m a mechanical and welding engineering major at Ohio State Marion, so some of you may have seen me walking around campus or may have even spoken to me before at Welcome Day or one of the various events we have had on campus so far. How I came to Ohio State Marion is somewhat of an odd story. When I first went to school, I had to overcome a language barrier and then struggled with school until about my 8th grade year. I attended Marion City Schools until I graduated from Harding High in 2012. In school, I played football, basketball and wrestled for years. I also attended Tri-Rivers Career Center for automotive technology; from there, I went on to attend and graduate from the Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas on a scholarship. Once I graduated, I was a mechanic for a short while before exploring my military options. Sadly, after some time, the military was no longer an option for me and I was forced to take a job in a factory. While I was there, my first car I had bought was totaled and my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I learned many things at that factory, one of which was that I didn’t want to work there for another 40-50 years. After my mother began recovering, I signed up to come to Ohio State Marion. Unfortunately, 3 weeks before my start date, my mother passed away. I promised her I would finish school and live life to the fullest. Since being here, I have encountered challenges I have never before experienced, but I have faced them head on. Attending school here, I have been presented opportunities I never thought were possible for someone like me. I have learned so much at Ohio State Marion, I’ve made great friends, met incredible interesting people that have left lasting impressions, traveled to Europe with the school, learned about cultures much different from my own, appeared on several local billboards, earned an internship to a local robotics firm and so, so much more. Now I have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful court with wonderful people. I do this not only for myself, but I also do it for my brothers, my mother, and for my goddaughter and soon-to-be-born nephew so that they may see college as a wonderful experience that they should fully embrace. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Don’t forget to vote and I hope you take the time to stop when you see me around campus to say hello.

Paul Winters

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Major: English
Rank: Junior
Student Bio: I was born at St. Anne’s in Westerville Ohio, I was born a Buckeye and I am forever grateful to be able to have the privilege to attend Ohio State Marion and let that Buckeye pride be expressed. I grew up in Delaware, Ohio and attended Hayes High School, graduating in the class of 2014. I started out as a communications major at Ohio State Marion and was saddened to realize that I would have to transfer to the Columbus campus to finish out. I have recently switched my major to English so that I may stay on the Marion campus, it feels like home here and I want to finish out college right here in Marion. During my time here, I have grown a lot physically, mentally, and spiritually. I have started my own business, Visionovi LLC and it has turned into an international business by the power of the internet. I spend much of my time looking at how I can bring greater service to my customers and help improve their lives. The business literally was created right here in the school library and so much has happened there that I can say that my whole life has changed in that library. My business is focused on self-development and helping individuals and also companies achieve the results they seek. I also am releasing a fiction book later this year, much of that has also been written in the library. So you will see me hovering around there a lot as I like to call the library my headquarters from where everything has been based. On campus, I am in involved in the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) as the Junior Senator, representing the junior class. The Moccasins Club (sustainability club), The Study Break, and also the Business Club that is just in the works of being created. We are only here for a short time and I know life is too short to be anything but happy, and Ohio State Marion has helped me become the person I am today to realize that. At the start I would have barely had the confidence to do such a thing as to run for homecoming court and now I feel comfortable in my own skin and I am now a dreamer. It would be of great privilege and honor to represent you and our great campus as the 2017 Ohio State Marion Homecoming King. I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you for your support and vote! Go Bucks!

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