Hello, my name is Sydney Gibbard, and it is an honor to serve on the 2022 Student Homecoming Court! She is a fourth-year majoring in Biomedical Engineering from Yardley, PA, but her family is originally from Canada. She is the UPUA Student Body President where she has the incredible opportunity to amplify the projects of many other organizations at Penn State, collaborate with students and administration, and implement initiatives that better student life. At Penn State, she has been honored to be a part of many student organizations including Society of Women Engineers, Student Fee Board, Lion Ambassadors, THON, Greek Life, and even Homecoming as a Photography Committee Member. She is incredibly thankful to this school for supporting her in founding a nonprofit called Girls Code the World that provides resources, opportunities, and role models for girls through STEM educational programming and extended mentorships.
Sydney loves Penn State for the energy you feel here. Passion for this school is engrained beneath everyone’s skin, and there are thousands of chances to leave an impact on Penn State and fall in love with the people and opportunities here. One of the things she is most proud of is convincing both her younger siblings to come to Penn State; all three of them are here this year! Sydney’s favorite Creamery Ice Cream is Apple Cobbler Crunch.
Their name is Jake (he/they), and they are a jellyfish scientist, artist, and coffee enthusiast! They are a fourth-year biology major with minors in art and marine science.
They love Penn State because, here, they found a second family. They connected with high-achieving, underrepresented scholars that continually inspire and uplift them. They were also connected with global scientific and artistic communities, through which they got opportunities to study in Hawai’i, Louisiana, the Caribbean, and Rome.
They are a Millennium Scholar and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholar. They also conduct research at Penn State, where they study upside-down jellyfish! Outside of their studies, they are the Founder and former President of Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Schreyer (GSDS), the Schreyer Honors College’s first LGBTQIA+ organization, and a three-year executive of Out in STEM.
Jake’s favorite ice cream flavor is Grilled Stickies because it gives them Ye Olde College Diner nostalgia!
Robert is a senior majoring in industrial engineering with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. He is from Villanova, PA. He is honored to have been selected for 2022 Homecoming Court. Now in his fourth year at Penn State, he serves as president of the Penn State Men’s Club Lacrosse team, one of the largest club sports on campus, and is a civilian participant in Penn State’s NROTC unit. He is a member of Catholic Campus Ministries and Disciple Makers Christian Fellowship and frequently serves at Sunday Mass in Pasquerilla. He also interned at BMW and Kulicke & Soffa.
Robert was a freshman when COVID pressed pause on our lives. He witnessed firsthand the resolve of the Penn State community when he served as president of a charity he founded, Shop4Seniors. With the help of four of his friends, he led more than 110 volunteers across Pennsylvania in an effort to deliver groceries to at-risk seniors at no cost to them. A majority of their volunteer force were students, faculty, and staff at Penn State who wanted to support their mission. He loves Penn State because this place gives him the opportunity become his own man, finding opportunities to learn at every corner. At Penn State, he has been pushed out of his comfort zone and yet has always felt supported by his peers and mentors. Through Shop4Seniors, it was remarkable to see so many Nittany Lions come together to help those in need, and he is incredibly proud to call this community his home.
Anton Aluquin is a fourth-year majoring in Immunology and Infectious Diseases with a minor in Health Policy and Administration. He was Penn State’s 2022 nomination for the Truman Scholarship, awarded to him thanks to my commitment to making change at the intersection of public health and public policy. He is a research assistant in David Kennedy’s lab, which looks at questions of evolution and resistance. His thesis is looking at inequities in access to treatment and how that affects the emergence of treatment resistance. He is also committed to making change at the advocacy level. As the Structural Reform chair of the 3/20 Coalition—a community organization focused on bringing justice for Osaze Osagie, a black man murdered at the hands of State College Police—he is working to make policy changes at the local level. On campus, he is heavily involved in Singing Lions and Presidential Leadership Academy. Anton’s favorite creamery flavor is Death by Chocolate!
Star is a fourth year from West Orange, New Jersey studying Public Relations with a minor in Digital Media Trends and Analytics. She is the Secretary of BLUEprint Peer Mentoring Program; Membership Chair for the African Students Association; Marketing Ambassador for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center; Communications Intern for Nickelodeon; Two-time Orientation Leader for New Student Orientation in 2020 and 2021; A member of the Public Relations Student Society of America; A member of the Bellisario Association of Multicultural Students; and a member of the Delta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Star loves Penn State because it is more than just a university but is also her home away from home. Attending this university has provided her with support systems and resources that have exceeded her expectations and helped mold her into the action-oriented community leader that she is today! During her time here, she has had the privilege of immersing myself in many organizations that have helped her establish lifelong friendships and connections. Because of this, she has been able to do what she loves most, which is serving her community in more ways than one and for that, she is forever grateful. Lastly, her favorite creamery ice cream is Alumni Swirl!
About Student Court
As one of 10 individuals on Student Court, you have the chance to embrace an opportunity that is steeped in rich history. You will be following in the steps of those individuals before you, who have been recognized for their passion to this University as a leader, scholar and community member. Your time as a Student Court Member will be filled with memories that go beyond just the four years it takes to get a degree. Your cohort of students will have the opportunity to lead a community-wide service project, have personal interactions with the Grand Marshal and ride in the largest student-run parade in the nation. If the possibility of leaving your Nittany Lion mark on this great University interests you, we want you as a member of the Penn State Homecoming Student Court.
Student Court Timeline
Members of the Penn State student body are able to nominate a rising Senior during various spring and fall court nomination events. Homecoming Captains, whose duties include working with the Student Court, then take the time to go through nominations and send out applications to eligible individuals. The individual nominated chooses to fill out the application. Because of the amount of applications we receive each year, Homecoming will look through the applications and choose the top 20 candidates who will be sent to interview in front of a Faculty and Staff Panel. The Faculty and Staff Panel, made up of various Penn State faculty and staff members on a volunteer basis, take the time to interview applicants and cut the candidate pool from 20 to the final number of 10 Student Court members.