The Ohio State University at Newark

2016 Ohio State Newark Homecoming Court

Homecoming Voting for King and Queen: September 12-14

Court members are chosen based on their academic success, leadership qualities, spirit, integrity and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Ohio State Newark. The Court selection process begins with a paper application. Based on application scores and GPA, individual interviews are offered and conducted by the Campus Homecoming Committee. The scores from the paper application and interview are combined and the court is announced. The student body will then vote on the queen and king. The announcement and coronation of the Newark Homecoming Court Queen and King takes place on the day before the Homecoming game at the Ohio State Longaberger Alumni House in Columbus.

For additional information or questions, please contact Justin Khol, Coordinator for Student Involvement at 740.366.9171 or email

Taryn Porter

Hometown: Pataskala, Ohio

A class that changed my life: Edie Norlin’s EDUTL 3160 (Applying Developmental Learning Contexts) it was extremely eye opening as a future educator!

Best college experience so far: I’m extremely passionate about my field of study and being able to find a home at Ohio State Newark within the extremely talented education faculty and students has given me a sense of purpose. I am still currently undergoing my best college experience, and that is being able to learn from and grow with these people.

One piece of advice: Get out of your comfort zone. Go for something you think you aren’t ready for, challenge yourself, talk to people you wouldn’t envision yourself around, push yourself in ways you never thought possible. Now is the time in your life to find out what you are truly capable of. Change means growth and growth means bettering yourself. Trust me, nothing good ever comes from comfort zones.

Favorite TV show: It’s a toss up between American Horror Story and anything on the Food Network.

Favorite movie: Step Brothers

Favorite song: Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones

Cheyenne Rieger

Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio

A class that changed my life: Equity & Diversity (Dr. Subedi) & Multicultural Literature (Dr. Warner) These classes have opened my perceptions to the diversity within our communities as well as the classroom. It is important to debunk the myths about culture and create a more cohesive classroom by honoring each others differences!

Best college experience so far: Meeting new friends, life long friendships, and connections (Socially & Professionally)....”How firm thy friendship”.

One piece of advice: Stand tall and true, and always remember your roots. Others may be different than you, but we all call this place our home.... so BE KIND!

Favorite TV show: Seinfeld / Walking Dead / Scandal

Favorite movie: August Rush / Marvel Movies / Pixar, Dreamworks, & Disney Movies

Favorite song: Chris Stapleton “Parachute & Tennessee Whiskey”

Hunter Spittler

Hometown: Twinsburg, Ohio

A class that changed my life: My Social Work 1130 class changed my life because it guided me to pick my current major. (Social Work)

Best college experience so far: My best college experience so far would be simply getting involved because it has allowed me to make so many friends and explore and learn about so many opportunities I did not know this campus had.

One piece of advice: Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. Take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself because that is going to lead you to have the best possible college experience and meet some amazing people along the way.

Favorite TV show: I do not necessarily have a favorite TV show. Normally whatever is trending on Netflix is what is trending in my life that week!

Favorite movie: The Breakfast Club because it has such an amazing meaning behind it and shows you to embrace your personality regardless of what society tells you. It is also one of those films you can watch a million times and never get sick of.

Favorite song: Again, I do not necessarily have a favorite song. I love music and I am a fan of multiple genres so whatever mood I am in at the moment determines what type of music I listen too!

Mitchell Baughman

Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio

A class that changed my life: It’s a hard question to answer, because so many have caused my to grow so much. One class that I found particularly eye-opening was Cultural Anthropology with Bryan Aubry. It taught me so much about understanding cultures that I never thought I could understand. Some other influential classes, if interested: Human Sexuality with Elizabeth Weiss, Social Psychology & Writing with Janice McLean, and Human Biology with Shauna Weyrauch.

Best college experience so far: Arguably the one that began my involvement in campus, when I played Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Theatre was something I enjoyed before then, but after this it had become a passion. The experience was fantastic and jump started my hunger to stay busy and constantly put my spare time to something I find fulfilling and worthwhile.

One piece of advice: Don’t just wait for your degree. In between your classes, get involved in all kinds of different experiences to build your skill set up to where you want it to be for your career. Make your presence known. There’s countless opportunities available to you in these four short years that will only improve your resume and degree, take full advantage of them while you can.

Favorite TV show: Does YouTube count? If so, Vsauce is my favorite channel. If not, I’m content with leaving it at Seinfeld.

Favorite movie: I’m not a huge movie person, but one of my favorites that come to mind immediately is “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

Favorite song: This is the hardest question here and I will never have a consistent answer. Right now, my favorite song might just be “The Less I Know, The Better” by Tame Impala, from the album Currents. As well as “New Person, Same Old Mistakes,” “Cause I’m a Man,” and “Yes I’m Changing,” also by Tame Impala, and from the album Currents. Honestly that whole album is a masterpiece, too hard to pick just one song from it.

Anthony (Shane) Bush

Hometown: McDermott, Ohio

A class that changed my life: Physics

Best college experience so far: Making nice friends.

One piece of advice: Raw talent doesn’t exist, work for that talent.

Favorite TV show: Dragon Ball

Favorite movie: Dragon Ball Z: Broly, Second Coming

Favorite song: Monster by Skillet

Isaiah (Obi) Pryce

Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

A class that changed my life: One of the classes that changed my life so far was my Comparative Studies class with Stephen J Evans. In that class, I learned that being in college allows you to have more freedom that you had in high school, and that you are your own boss and must dictate what you want in your life.

Best college experience so far: My best college experience that I had so far was meeting a group of people I know call my friends. When I got to college, I was at first a little scared that I wouldn’t fit in and that I would be a loner, but meeting all my current friends on campus changed that entirely. I am now more confident in my actions because of that.

One piece of advice: The one piece of advice I can say and give out is that you shouldn’t be scared. You have the whole world ahead of you, and even though it may seem like the world has it in for you, there’s still a greater outcome for you. Never give up and always keep pushing.

Favorite TV show: Top Gear

Favorite movie: Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

Favorite song: American Girl by Ta-ku