The Ohio State University at Newark


2017 Ohio State Newark Homecoming Court


Franchesica Kidd and Chuck Cayton are the 2017 Homecoming Queen and King.

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 Khol.4@osu.edu.


Emily Adam

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Newark, Ohio

A class that changed my life: American Sign Language. The professor has not only become a mentor to me, but I would also consider her a friend. When it comes to ASL, I have excelled more than I ever thought I would, and I have found a passion for American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.

Best college experience so far: Student employment in the Ohio State Newark Admissions Office. The staff has become like family, and they have pushed me to be the best I can be. I have grown not only as a student, but also as a leader. My experience working there has helped me decide that I want to have a career in a higher education setting.

One piece of advice: Get involved on campus in one way or another. Find an organization you like, or a campus job that you want. Do something to get yourself oriented into campus life and meet some people!

Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother

Favorite movie: Listen to Your Heart

Favorite song: Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners

Student Involvement:

  • American Sign Language Student Org. — President
  • PSI CHI International Honor Society — Treasurer
  • Buckeye Guide — Office of Admissions
  • Student Ambassador — Office of Student Life
  • 2017-2018 Resident Advisor, McConnell Hall

What does it mean to be a Buckeye: Being a Buckeye means that you are a part of this life-long community that will uplift and support you no matter what. It is both a responsibility and honor to your community, and it is definitely something every Buckeye should take great pride in! Being a Buckeye also means that you will always know the answer to the call “O-H!”


Franchesica Kidd

Year: Senior
Major: History
Hometown: Newark, Ohio

A class that changed my life: History 2001 (Launching America) with Dr. Weeks. I was a Business major but deep down I love history, and being in the class really opened my heart and mind to the opportunity of a different career path...after taking this class, I knew my true calling was history and changed my major.

Best college experience so far: Working for Dr. Murphy as her student assistant. I’m able to have a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a professor and how busy their lives get... from their research to class readings/assignments. Since my goal is to be a professor, it’s an amazing opportunity to have hands on experience to prepare.

One piece of advice: I know people say this often, but definitely stay on top of your assignments and don’t wait until the last minute to write a paper. Don’t add any unnecessary stresses to a pre-existing busy life.

Favorite TV show: The Vampire Diaries and Law & Order: SVU

Favorite movie: It’s between Moana, Some Like It Hot and The Tender Trap.

Favorite song: Anything by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Clair de Lune by Debussy, and Ghetto Gospel by 2Pac

Student Involvement:

  • Recipient: 2017 Harding Ganz Award for Excellence in Research
  • Peer Panelist
  • Presenter: 2017 Academy of Historians Conference
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
  • Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society

What does it mean to be a Buckeye: To me, being a Buckeye means accepting one another through our diversity with appreciating and embracing everyone and their differences that they bring to the Ohio State community.


Anna Yoder

Year: Junior
Major: Integrated Social Studies
Hometown: Fredericktown, Ohio

A class that changed my life: Social Psychology - Dr. Okdie was awesome and this class opened my eyes on how differently people see the world.

Best college experience so far: Being a part of the production of the musical 1776 and playing the part of Martha Jefferson.

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: Project Runway

Favorite movie: Finding Nemo/ Finding Dory

Favorite song: Eye of the Tiger

Student Involvement:

  • American Sign Language Student Organization Outreach Personnel
  • Buckeye Guide Coordinator
  • Kappa Phi Kappa Treasurer (in Columbus)
  • Student Leadership Award
  • Employee of the Year Award

What does it mean to be a Buckeye: Being a Buckeye is everything to me. The connections I’ve made will last me a lifetime and the education that I receive will be recognized across the nation. For that, I am extremely thankful to be a Buckeye and be a part of the Buckeye Nation.


Chuck Cayton

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Thornville, Ohio

A class that changed my life: Well, I can’t say for certain that it changed my life, but Sociology of Gender definitely opened my eyes to our society’s gender biases and the effects that are felt by individuals.

Best college experience so far: Being inducted into PSI CHI International Honor Society. I never would have dreamed about achieving this in high school.

One piece of advice: Don’t let others dictate your future. Take what you have learned and apply it to achieving you goals.

Favorite TV show: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Favorite movie: Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket

Favorite song: Bro Hymn by Penny Wise

Student Involvement:

  • Student Veteran Community Advocate 2014-2015 & 2016-2017
  • Dean’s Award Recipient 2016 & 2017
  • Member of PSI CHI
  • Newark Chapter PSI CHI Vice President 2017-2018

What does it mean to be a Buckeye: To uphold the legacy, traditions and excellence that The Ohio State University and its alumni have come to be known for and pass them on to the next generation.




Reese Ogle

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Utica, Ohio

A class that changed my life: Cultural Anthropology

Best college experience so far: Working at the Adena Recreation Center

One piece of advice: Manage your time! Do assignment first, then celebrate the weekend!

Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones

Favorite movie: Braveheart

Favorite song: I Don't Care by Apocalyptica

Student involvement:

  • Outstanding student employee 2016-17 at the Adena Recreation Center
  • 2017 Student Research Forum participant
  • Research assistant at the Ohio State Newark Psych Lab

What does it mean to be a Buckeye: To me, being a Buckeye means improving upon myself and becoming a part of a very large family.


Brian Williams

Year: Sophomore
Major: Communications
Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

A class that changed my life: English with Dr. Keller

Best college experience so far: Cooking my own dinner and after two attempts finally not burning it

One piece of advice: Don't sweat the small things in life.

Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones

Favorite movie: Sandlot

Favorite song: Drops of Jupiter

Student Involvement:

  • Eagle Scout
  • Big Brother's Big Sisters
  • Buckeye Guide
  • 2015 Miami Valley Student of the Year

What does it mean to be a Buckeye: To be a Buckeye means that you are a piece charismatic, intellectuals preparing themselves to take on the world.