The Ohio State University at Newark


Ohio State Newark Homecoming Court

Congratulations to our 2022 Newark Campus Royal Buckeyes:

Justin Ray and Kylie Doon



The 2022 Homecoming Court Coronation Ceremony was held on Sept. 30 at The Ohio State University Longaberger Alumni House in Columbus.

Court members are chosen based on their academic success, leadership qualities, spirit, integrity and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Ohio State Newark by the Campus Homecoming Committee. Only the student body votes on royalty. The announcement and coronation of the Newark Homecoming Court Royalty is held the day before the Homecoming game at the Ohio State.


2022 Homecoming Coronation Gallery


2022 Homecoming Court

Anthony Ashford headshot.

Anthony Ashford

Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Business Administration/Political Science
Hometown: Pataskala, OH

Student Involvement:
  • Adena Recreation Center Student Employee
  • Diversity Through Artistry Volunteer
What does it mean to be a Buckeye?

What it means to me to be a buckeye is being a part of a large and vibrant community and showing pride in what the school has to offer the students, the staff, and community around campus. I am glad that I get to be a part of this large community of buckeyes because every day I am learning more about myself and what I want to accomplish outside of Ohio State.

Kylie Doon headshot.

Kylie Doon

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Worthington, OH

Student Involvement:
  • Allied Health Society Club
  • Student Ambassador (Summer 2022)
  • CAB (Campus Activities Board)
  • Academic Peer Coach for Engineering Learning Community
What does it mean to be a Buckeye?

Being a Buckeye means stepping outside of your comfort zone in order to pursue your dreams and having people alongside you throughout the process. The chance to meet diverse people and see new perspectives that bring learning to life. Being a first-generation Buckeye student, it means knowing that I can do anything I set my mind to because of the environment that Ohio State brings.

Clayton Orr headshot.

Clayton Orr

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Hometown: Utica, OH

Student Involvement:
  • Student Ambassador
What does it mean to be a Buckeye?
Being a buckeye to me means being proud. I am proud to wear the scarlet and grey, I am proud to have grown up in the great state of Ohio with the greatest school right here in our backyard. This school is an amazing place to go and get a college education while experiencing so many other great things. The Ohio State University has something for everybody and I think that is super important. I believe we all should be proud to call ourselves buckeyes, and of course Michigan still sucks!

Payton Pennington headshot.

Payton Pennington

Year: Junior
Major: Human Nutrition — Dietetics
Hometown: Newark, OH

Student Involvement:
  • Resident Advisor (two years)
What does it mean to be a Buckeye?

A second chance. I just didn’t think I would be in school again after high school. Being a buckeye gives me the motivation to finish this experience.

The Ohio State University at Newark
2022Homecoming Court

L to R: Anthony Ashford; Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, PhD; Payton Pennington; Clayton Orr; Justin Ray; and Kylie Doon

Justin Ray headshot.

Justin Ray

Year: Sophomore
Major: Dental Hygiene
Hometown: Bristol, TN

Student Involvement:
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Student Ambassador
What does it mean to be a Buckeye?

Tradition, family, respect. Friday night lights in the fall. Also being able to say O-H just about anywhere in the world and get an I-O back. To be a part of a lifelong alumni network and let’s not forget wanting to X out every “M” we see.


Prior Years Homecoming Court

2021

Portrait of Ohio State Newark's 2021 student Homecoming court.On Oct. 8, 2021, Ashton Shook and Jasmine Smith were crowned Homecoming royalty for Ohio State Newark at the Longaberger Alumni Center in Columbus, Ohio. Court members also included: Stone Adams, Minea Duno, Pamela Flores, and Cassie Hagerman.

2020

Portrait of Ohio State Newark's 2020 student Homecoming court. Abdul Mansour and Shelby Queen were named Homecoming King and Queen.

Court members: Sage Anderson, Luke Brewer, Kimmy Bridgham and Ashley Moore.

2019

Portrait of Ohio State Newark's 2019 student Homecoming court.

On October 4, 2019, Julie Reminder and Abdirahman Farah were crowned Homecoming Queen and King for the Ohio State Newark campus at the Longaberger Alumni Center in Columbus, Ohio. Other members of the court are McKenzie Lanigan, Aramis Jamel Sanders, Stone Adams and Jesse T. McAndrew. 2018 Ohio State Newark Homecoming King Zach Sparks and Queen Arisha Rahman were in attendance to crown their successors. Assistant Director of Student Life Justin Khol helped to officiate the event along with Ohio State Newark Dean/Director Bill MacDonald. The annual homecoming parade and pep rally followed the event.

View photos from the Homecoming coronation.

2018

Portrait of Ohio State Newark's 2018 student Homecoming court.

On October 5, 2018, Arisha Rahman and Zachary Sparks were crowned Homecoming Queen and King for the Ohio State Newark campus at the Longaberger Alumni Center in Columbus, Ohio. Other members of the court are Nicole Espinoza De Montreuil, Ciana Roush, Andre Luckett and Mitchell Mullins. 2017 Ohio State Newark Homecoming King Chuck Cayton and Queen Franchesica Kidd were in attendance to crown their successors. Director of Student Life Holly Mason and Assistant Director Justin Khol helped to officiate the event along with Ohio State Newark Dean/Director Bill MacDonald who is also dean of the Ohio State regional campuses. The annual homecoming parade and pep rally followed the event.

View photos from the Homecoming coronation.

2017

On October 6, 2017, Franchesica Kidd and Chuck Cayton were crowned Homecoming Queen and King for the Ohio State Newark campus at the Longaberger Alumni Center in Columbus, Ohio. Other members of the court are Emily Adam, Anna Yoder, Brian Williams and Reese Ogle. 2016 Ohio State Newark Homecoming King Obi Pryce and Queen Taryne Porter were in attendance to crown their successors. Director of Student Life Holly Mason and Assistant Director Justin Khol helped to officiate the event along with Ohio State Newark Dean/Director Bill MacDonald who is also dean of the regional campuses. The annual homecoming parade followed the event.

View photos from the Homecoming coronation.

2016

On September 29, 2016, Taryne Porter and Isaiah (Obi) Pryce were crowned Homecoming Queen and King for the Ohio State Newark campus at the Longaberger Alumni Center in Columbus, Ohio. Other members of the court are Hunter Spittler, Cheyenne Rieger, Mitchell Baughman and Anthony Bush. Director of Student Life Holly Mason and Assistant Director Justin Khol and 2015 Homecoming Queen Amber Prater helped to officiate the event along with Ohio State Newark Dean/Director Bill MacDonald who is also dean of the regional campuses. The annual homecoming parade followed the event.

View photos from the Homecoming coronation.

2015

Senior Amber Prater, and junior Fon Ngu, were crowned Ohio State Newark Homecoming Court queen and king at a ceremony October 9, 2015, held at the Longaberger Alumni House on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University. Other court members include Brittany Dillon, a senior majoring in middle childhood education from Mount Vernon, OH; Jeftar Kusi, a sophomore majoring in pre-dentistry from Columbus, OH; senior Lucy St. John, majoring in early childhood education from Evansville, IN; and Michael Smith, a senior majoring in business administration from Newark, OH.

View photos from the Homecoming coronation.

2014

Students, alumni and friends of the Ohio State University at Newark joined together to celebrate Homecoming 2014 with a dinner and evening entertainment on Thursday evening, October 16. Guest speaker at the dinner was Robert A. Barnes, first dean/director of Ohio State Newark. Guests of honor were the members of the 2014 Ohio State Newark Homecoming Court. Wyatt Bowman, Richard Welsh, Dominic Hall (King), Brittany Henry (Queen), Nicole (Nikki) Cotton and Olmares Peña.

View photos from the Homecoming student coronation and alumni celebration.