2017 Homecoming King and Queen crowned
After a week of Homecoming events across the campuses of The Ohio State University, two Ohio State Lima students have been named Homecoming King and Queen at a crowning ceremony in Columbus. Kayla Brown, junior in Business with a focus on Marketing from Clyde, and Logan Mitchell, senior in Social Work from Bellefontaine, will represent Ohio State Lima as Queen and King for 2017.
The excitement on the court and in the student body built throughout the week, culminating at the Homecoming Game against the University of Maryland.
“Are there really words for setting foot onto the field that is home to the star players you have been watching since you were old enough to hold your own head up?” Brown said. “All regional courts were star struck, and not because the players were within touching distance but star struck by the wonder that is the Ohio State stadium field!”
Being on that field during the Homecoming game was a whole new experience for Mitchell.
“I've been on the field before and it was amazing, but to be able to be recognized and have my name called out while I stood on this great field where so many great Buckeyes stood before me was an experience that I will never forget,” Mitchell said.
Each of Ohio State’s five regional campuses crowned their king and queen during the Regional Campus Crowning Ceremony the Friday before the Homecoming Game. Each member of the regional and Columbus courts rode in the annual Homecoming Parade down High Street on Friday night, participated in the pep rally, attended the Skull Session and was recognized on the field while attending the Homecoming Game.
The 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. The six members of the 2017 Ohio State Lima Homecoming Court are listed below. Click here to read their bios.
• Levi Brake, senior in Middle Childhood Education of Van Wert
• Homecoming Queen Kayla Brown, junior in Business with a focus on Marketing of Clyde
• Abbigayle Conkle, senior in Middle Childhood Education of New Bremen
• Mbalenhle (Mbali) Hlongane, junior in Social Work with a minor in Theatre, of Dayton
• Homecoming King Logan Mitchell, senior in Social Work of Bellefontaine
• Spencer Vorst, junior in Integrated Language Arts of Kalida
This is the seventh year that regional campuses Homecoming Court royalty have been included in the university-wide homecoming celebration. Leading up to the crowning ceremony, Ohio State Lima students had the opportunity to participate in various events across both the Lima and Columbus campuses.
“These events that were held throughout the week are fresh traditions that my generation is now a part of,” Brown said. “I feel extra special to be a part of the early history and hopefully help the future generations of court members continue to help our history grow!”
Photo caption (from left): 2016 Homecoming King Elisha Jones, Abbigayle Conkle, Spencer Vorst, 2017 Homecoming Queen Kayla Brown, 2017 Homecoming King Logan Mitchell, Levi Brake, Mbali Hlongwane and 2016 Homecoming Queen Tierra Oliver.