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ECE student among 2018 Homecoming Court

Based on leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, and achievement for her time at The Ohio State University, an electrical engineering student is poised to have a great weekend.

Senior Wenjing Deng is among the 2018 Homecoming Court at Ohio State. On Saturday, Oct. 6 the Queen and King are announced at the Homecoming Game.

More than just a contest, being on the court is an affirmation of years of student dedication and academic involvement while at Ohio State.

Deng's story as a student begins in Canada, where as a child she was always drawn toward arts and crafts and working with her hands.

"I really enjoyed building things," she said. "In high school, my parents encouraged me to pursue math and science, and this naturally led me toward engineering."

Meanwhile, she also formed a passion for swimming. Originally from the Toronto area, her grace in the pool as a synchronized swimmer caught the eye of Ohio State.

"On my recruit trip, I had a glimpse of what Ohio State had to offer in terms of the community and academic resources," Deng said.

With graduation coming soon, Deng said she hopes to earn her master's degree and perhaps return to Canada in order to swim for the national team. 

Even if she leaves Ohio, Deng said, she feels like being a Buckeye means being a part of something larger.

“You have a good excuse to yell two letters at strangers on the street. And if they yell back, you know they are part of the family,” she said. “Before moving to Columbus from Canada, I knew very little about Ohio State. I was thoroughly prepared to face the challenges of living in an unfamiliar place. But, when I arrived, I was amazed by the unconditional support I received from my teammates, my peers, my teachers and everyone around me. I am truly thankful to be a part of the Buckeye family.”

While at Ohio State, Deng served as an Engineering Ambassador, excelled on the Varsity Synchronized Swimming Team, became a university Presidential Host, is the Secretary of the Texnikoi Engineering Honorary, and she attended the Wolstein Leadership Academy. 

According to the Ohio State Office of Student Life, the Homecoming Court selection process is based on application scores and GPA, as well as individual interviews with Ohio State faculty, staff, and alumni. The scores from the application and interviews are combined to determine the 2018 Homecoming Court members. Even after the game this weekend, their role as court members continues by serving as volunteers and ambassadors during Ohio State Welcome Week and Homecoming Week.