Swope & Wilds crowned Marion Campus Homecoming Queen & King

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President of the OSU Alumni Association & two time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin was the keynote speaker for the Annual Regional Campus Homecoming Crowning Ceremony to recognize Homecoming Court members from Ohio State's Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and Wooster campuses late Friday afternoon. 

Ohio State Marion's  Jessica Swope, a junior early childhood education major from Marion, Ohio, and Brian Wilds, a senior English major from Marion, Ohio, were named Marion Campus Homecoming Queen & King during a ceremony held Friday, October 18th at Ohio State's Longaberger Alumni House on the Columbus campus.  The two were crowned by Ohio State Marion Faculty Chair and Professor of Mathematics, Dr. John Maharry.

Joining Swope and Wilds on this year's Homecoming Court are junior engineering major Christopher Braumiller, senior psychology/criminology major Bobbi Hupp-Wilds, senior social work major Elizabeth Moore, and senior psychology major Nicolas Vaughn.,  The group will take part in Friday evenings Homecoming Parade down High Street, followed by a Pep Rally at the Ohio Union, and will also be honored along with the other regional courts at Saturdays skull session with the OSU Marching Band at St. John's Arena, before attending the Ohio State vs. Iowa game in Ohio Stadium.  2012-13 Marion Campus Homecoming Queen Randi Fay-Hilt, and King Gonzalo Adriazola assisted in the official presentation ceremony.

Ohio State Marion Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Brian McEnnis will be honored at halftime of the Ohio State vs. Iowa homecoming game this weekend. Dr. McEnnis will be recognized on the field as 1 of 3 winners of the 2013 President and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service.

Swope's Homecoming Biography

Jessica Swope

Hometown: Marion
Major: Early Childhood Education
Rank: Junior

Student Bio: Hello, my name is Jessica Swope. I am a junior here at The Ohio State University Marion. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and love what I am currently getting myself into in college and in life. I am a native of Marion and graduated from Pleasant High School in 2011. Because I am a native and chose to go to The Ohio State University Marion, I feel make a good representative to the University and the community. OSUM has been a great place for me to continue my college education and I enjoy letting others know that it was a great decision! I am a positive representative to fellow students because of my passion and involvement in OSUM. I enjoy taking on a leadership position at the University with my current Vice President position in Undergraduate Student Government. Getting to be involved as a Student Representative to the Tobacco Free Committee change that will be coming to this campus this fall has helped me be more aware of the issues on campus and what I can do to spread the word. I am a part of the emerging Active Minds organization as well. We hope to reduce the stigma and encourage mental health awareness on campus. Being a community leader through the Marion Popcorn Pageants, my mentoring and teaching with my dance students, and mentoring through the Pride and Life Skills program through the Boys and Girls Club have been enjoyable and positive experiences that encourage me to stay within my community and at OSUM. It is because of this that I also feel I make a positive representative to my community. I know my community. It is my home and I am at home at The Ohio State University Marion. I feel I am a good representative for the 2013 Homecoming Queen because I am very involved and invested in this campus. I love being a Buckeye and cannot wait to see what opportunities are available to me to make this campus and our community a better place to live and thrive. After graduation, I am hoping to become an early education teacher while continuing my teaching dance at JoAnne’s School of Dance in Marion. I want to put my hard work and effort at The Ohio State University to work by being a positive role model to those in my community. Eventually I hope to go back to The Ohio State University and get my Masters in Special Education so I can continue helping students but especially those that may need that extra push. Thank you for your time, and I appreciate your vote for the 2013 Marion Homecoming Queen!! Go Bucks!! - Jessica Swope

Wilds' Homecoming Biography

Brian Wilds

Hometown: Marion
Major: English
Rank: Senior

Student Bio: My name is Brian Wilds, I was born and raised most of my life in Marion, Ohio. I am a senior English major who spent thirteen years in retail management prior to returning to school after a sixteen year lapse in my education; I have found the experience amazing. My thirst for knowledge has never been higher, and the people and opportunities I have encountered have been life changing. My time here has been filled with classes and exams, but I have found much more on the Marion campus. I have watched and been involved as this campus has truly evolved into a student minded environment. The Coffee House Series, which I have headed has allowed students to express their artistic abilities and entertain the student population. I have been an active member of Kapow, which is a campus club which shares and displays poems and prose for fellow members. Kapow also has put out monthly zines displaying students work, and I have helped to develop this with professor McCorkle and now former students. There is also the online journal, the Cornfield Review, which is a gathering of students and public work developed by peers; I proudly say that I’m not only an author, but have helped to produce the Cornfield Review along with my peer groups on two separate occasions. I have seen the commitment of fellow students, staff, and the upper administration pushing for the growth of student based activities, and personally been the head of two all student ran festivals here on campus - Springfest, and Fallfest. These festivals were developed to bring students and the public together for celebration; and I’m proud to have been a key component. I am hoping that as your Marion Campus Homecoming King, I can continue to represent you, continue to build our student life, as well as build upon our relationships in the community, and with the other Ohio State campuses.