The Ohio State University at Newark

Ohio State Newark Homecoming Court

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Congratulations to King Abdul Mansour and Queen Shelby Gambill

Get to know the 2020 Ohio State Newark Homecoming Court

October 12-16 Homecoming/School Spirit Week at Ohio State Newark
October 18 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom Regional Homecoming Court Virtual Coronation Ceremony

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. However, due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 coronation ceremony will be held virtually via Zoom on October 18.

For additional information or questions, please contact Laura Norman, coordinator for student involvement, at 740.755.7265 or email

Kimmy Bridgham

Year: Senior
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio

Student Involvement:

  • Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge (President 2018-2019, Treasurer 2019-2020) Student Ambassador
  • Assistant Coordinator for Student Involvement
  • Student Representative, Take Back the Night
  • Dean’s List

What does it mean to be a Buckeye:

To me, to be a Buckeye means to be a part of something much greater than yourself. You gain a family of people from all walks of life, from all around the world, but who all bleed scarlet and gray. You are encouraged to pursue your passions and enact change in the world. You are a part of a community where the Buckeye pride runs deep, and even after your time ends at THE Ohio State University, you will always be a part of Buckeye Nation. “Time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship, OHIO.”

Shelby Gambill

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio

Student Involvement:

  • Black Box Theater (2017-present)
  • Peer Writing Consultant at The Writer's Studio (2019-present)

What does it mean to be a Buckeye:

To me, being a Buckeye is being aware that you are part of a rich and diverse community and using that awareness to serve the community as best you can. Serving the Buckeye community can include, joining student organizations, working on campus, or volunteering your time to a cause that you care about. The most important aspect of service is the attitude of care and respect towards others that should drive it. Being a Buckeye is caring about the well-being of those around you and doing what you can to promote that well-being.

Ashley Moore

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Pataskala, Ohio

Student Involvement:

  • Academic Peer Coach for Buckeye Generation Learning Community and Engineering Learning Community
  • Psychology Research Assistant for Dr. Hupp (past)

What does it mean to be a Buckeye:

It means that I am a part of a community that wants to better our future through education, rationality, and empathy. Since I’ve been a buckeye on the Newark campus, the faculty and staff have emphasized the importance of giving back to the community as well as establishing a safe and rewarding campus culture. Being a buckeye is much more than a earning a degree to me, it’s involving myself in people that care and want the best for our future.

Sage Anderson

Year: Sophomore
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Student Involvement:

  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Council
  • Board Member and Advocate, Multicultural Affairs
  • President, Pride Outloud
  • Media Officer, Student Government
  • Advocate of creating and maintaining safe spaces for students

What does it mean to be a Buckeye:

To me it is very simple, being a Buckeye is being a part of a community. A community where everyone has their own unique roots.

Luke Brewer

Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Marketing
Hometown: Antwerp, Ohio

Student involvement:

  • Staff, Recreation Sports Center
  • Participant, 2020 Staff vs. Students Charity Basketball Game

What does it mean to be a Buckeye:

To me, being a Buckeye means being a part of a family. The Buckeye family has a rich history of success and victory and to be a Buckeye means to come out on top. Being a Buckeye to me is such an honor, and I feel like I am a part of something that is so much bigger than myself that I can take part and immerse myself in and feel accepted. I also feel like what it means to be a Buckeye is to be prepared to take on any challenge. From my experience in my first year I have already climbed over several tough life obstacles and I feel like my time here will prepare me to take on any problem the future has to offer. To be a Buckeye is to be proud and I feel proud to say I go to The Ohio State University.

Abdul Mansour

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology, Pre-Med
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Student Involvement:

  • Member, Community Council
  • Residence Hall Advisor
  • Office Assistant
  • MC, Annual Staff vs. Students Charity Basketball Game
  • Student Ambassador

What does it mean to be a Buckeye:

Simply put, it means to be a community. A community of people who are simultaneously unique yet also share so much in common. A community to back each other up on our worst days and cheer each other on on our best days. A community that grows together and shares memories with each other. A community where we find and build long-lasting relationships, learn essential life skills, and go on to mold who we will be in the future. It means taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will be remembered for years to come.