Written by Marion Star staff report
Published in the Monday, November 7, 2011 edition of The Marion Star
MARION - During the weekend of Oct. 28-29, the first homecoming court selected at The Ohio State University at Marion traveled to Columbus to take part in Ohio State's 2011 homecoming events.
The group participated in the crowning ceremony, the marching band's skull session, the homecoming parade and pep rally and the Buckeyes' victory over Wisconsin in the homecoming game, along with other activities during homecoming weekend.
The court was made up of students from the Marion campus who showed excellence in academics as well as their extracurricular activities, internships and volunteering.
Laura Neff, a sophomore from Marengo, was named Homecoming Queen.
Neff is a mathematics major. She is a member of the Ohio State Marion Scarlet Wave Women's Volleyball team, a 2011 Orientation team leader and a student worker in the office of admissions and financial aid.
The Homecoming King, Austin King, is a junior from LaRue. King is majoring in English with a minor in professional writing. He is involved in University Chorus, the campus a cappella group InChant and recently had the male lead in Ohio State Marion's production of "Little Shop of Horrors," the first student-led musical production on campus.
King said being part of the OSU festivities was fantastic. "It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the first ever homecoming court for Marion Campus," he said. "This is something I can tell my kids later in life, something I can put on a resume."
The other members of the court were Gary Cox Jr., Robert Sharrock, Christa Eyster and Melissa Redick.
Cox said networking with the other regional campuses was a nice experience during the weekend. "This is a connection that 30 of us share," he said. "We are the first regional campus homecoming courts. We are the beginning step to what, I hope, becomes a long-standing tradition."
That connection spilled over into the football game as well. "When we scored, everyone was high fiving each other, even people you didn't know," said Sharrock. "It made you feel like you had something in common with over 100,000 people, and that feeling was amazing."
Court members from Ohio State Marion said it was an amazing experience to be part of the Columbus campus activities, one of the six pieces that make up The Ohio State University.
"I feel like I know what it is like to be a true Buckeye through the whole experience of Homecoming," said Neff. "It is something I will cherish and take with me forever."