During a ceremony Friday, October 5th at the Longaberger Alumni House on The Ohio State University Columbus campus, Randi-Fay Hilt of Caledonia, Ohio and Gonzalo Adriazola-Mendoza, of Marengo, Ohio were crowned 2012 Ohio State Marion Homecoming Queen and King.
Hilt is a senior majoring in English. She is active member of the Church of Christ, a four-year member of the ORPA State Rifle Team, an artist at The Guild in downtown Marion, a Food Bank and State Park volunteer, and five-year member of 4-H.
Adriazola-Mendoza is a sophomore majoring in international business. He is a member of the campus soccer club, has been on the Dean's list every quarter, and works at the Delaware County Bank. He volunteers at the Delaware Resource Center, serving as an interpreter and teacher of Spanish to people who are enrolled in the ESOL classes.
Other 2012 Marion Campus Homecoming Court members include: junior Stephanie Austin of Marion, Ohio, majoring in nursing/psychology; sophomore Mariam Hellalat of Columbus, Ohio, majoring in biology/pre-dentistry; junior James Gentzel of Marysville, Ohio, majoring in biology; and junior Christopher Wilds of Marion, Ohio, majoring in history/pre-law.
Court members were selected based on their leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Ohio State. The court selection process began with a paper application. Based on application scores and grade point average, individual interviews are offered and conducted by Ohio State faculty, staff, and alumni. The scores from the paper application and interview are combined with the student body vote, and the court is announced.
Court members then volunteer and serve as campus ambassadors throughout the academic year, more specifically during Welcome Week and Homecoming Week, which takes place prior to a student body vote and announcement of the Homecoming Queen and King.