Smith, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is entering his second year as a member of the men’s gymnastics team at Ohio State. Majoring in ecological engineering and Chinese, Smith encompasses what it means to be a student-athlete and has learned a lot from this process.
“From this experience, I have grown as a leader and learned how to apply my leadership skills and work ethic from gymnastics to the university as a whole,” Smith said.
Based off of a number of qualities, 12 women and 12 men that represent The Ohio State University in the finest of ways are selected to the Homecoming Court each year. Smith, a third-year student, is the only male junior on the Court for 2017.
“I chose to run for the Homecoming King because I wanted to further my involvement on campus, while helping incoming students acclimate to campus as well as welcoming returning Buckeye alums,” Smith mentioned.
A 2017 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Smith made the Court after sending in an application and completing several interviews. A student’s grade point average weighs heavily in the process as well. Smith is ecstatic to have had a chance to go through this process and wants to let everyone who has supported him know that he is thankful.
“To my fans out there supporting me, I’d have to say a huge thank you,” Smith noted. “Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to a great year of learning, leadership and gymnastics.”
In addition to his responsibilities as a student-athlete, Smith has been serving as a volunteer and ambassador to other Ohio State students during Welcome Week and Homecoming Week along with other members on the Court. The final vote will be revealed at the Oct. 7 home football game against Maryland.