Student Court Voting


Aaron Blakney

Aaron is an Environmental Resource Management major with minors in Political Science and Watersheds and Water Resources and is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. During his time at Penn State, he has been involved with the recruitment teams for the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Schreyer Honors College, and has been extensively involved with the Sustainability Institute. He also is involved with the political scene on campus and volunteers regularly with THON through the Schreyer Honors College Student Council. He has spent a majority of his time working as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Biology and for the Department of Ecosystem Management, and has maintained a Dean’s list GPA all six semesters he has been at Penn State. He works at the conservation district at Huntingdon County, and has recently completed an internship at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, where he focused on environmental contaminants and its effect on vulnerable populations.

Kosar Abolhassani

Kosar is a double major in Psychology and Labor Employment Relations. Originally from Tehran, Iran, she grew up in Serbia, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Throughout her time at Penn State, Kosar has been involved with THON through a Special Interest Organization as well as the Hospitality committee. The majority of her time is spent working with Residential Dining, which she has been involved with since freshman year and is now a student scheduler at Waring Commons. Kosar plans to continue her graduate studies in Human Resources and hopefully land a job that requires a lot of traveling!


Jorge Zurita-Coronado

Jorge is a senior majoring in Political Science. He is originally from Ogden, Utah but now resides in Oxford, Pennsylvania. While at Penn State, Jorge has taken advantage of many extracurriculars including Latino Caucus, Class Gift Campaign, and Lion Ambassadors. Jorge has taken on an active role to advocate for multicultural and underrepresented students by meeting with administrators and other groups on campus. One of his proudest moments was working with the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and faculty senate to include a mandate on all course syllabi on how students could report an act of bias to the university. After graduation, Jorge hopes to work in D.C. and eventually return back to school to pursue a degree in law or education and public policy.

Cayla Castells

Cayla, from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduating in December. On campus, she spends most of her time in the College of Engineering. Cayla is an Engineering Ambassador, a Career Envoy, a teaching assistant, and works in the Engineering Communications Research Center. She competed in the Leonhard Center Speaking contest, placing second, and received the 2017 Joelle Award, an endowed award for outstanding leadership and cultural enhancement within the college. Outside of engineering, Cayla is a second-year resident assistant, working with over 60 freshman students. After graduation, she plans to move to Dallas, Texas to participate in a manufacturing leadership program for an industrial supplier.


Jon Muth

Jon is currently in his last semester of the Master of Accounting program with a dual degree in Spanish. He hails from the Baltimore, MD area and has spent his time at Penn State involved primarily in THON and a cappella. He also lets his passion for running carry him around the world, and plans to bike across the country when he graduates in December before having a hand in the real world. We are!

Hannah Pohlmann

Hannah is currently a senior in the Schreyer Honors College majoring in Math and Materials Science & Engineering with a focus in polymers. She grew up "right outside of Philly" in Newtown Square. Throughout her time here, Hannah has been a member of the THON org, Springfield, a member of Engineers Without Borders, served as the president of French Club, and been a mathematics tutor for Penn State Learning. She completed multiple internships in Materials Science as well as conducted research in mathematics and polymers. Her research includes a study on traffic behavior and fuel consumption through the control of the traffic by an autonomous vehicle, oil-spill clean-up work involving oil absorbent polymers, and a project on contamination detection through the use of 3D printed work for color-changing membranes. Last March, she published a paper on her research in ferroelectric materials in Applied Physics Letters. She also recently became a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the prestigious Astronaut Foundation Scholarship, which is awarded to 45 national scholars a year to recognize future leaders in STEM. Hannah had a wonderful experience at her internship with Exxonmobil in the PE product and applications development group, and she will be starting with them full-time in Houston, Texas next fall. She is greatly looking forward to her senior year and very honored to be a part of the 2017 Homecoming Court.


Ryan Lennon

Ryan Lennon is a Toxicology major in the College of Agricultural Sciences. He is a senior from Levittown, Pennsylvania. Ryan's leadership involvement at Penn State has mostly included the Penn State Dance Marathon and Lion Ambassadors. Ryan has been a Captain for the past three years within the THON community, each year on a different committee sharing THON's message through Supply Logistics, Family Relations, and this year, Dancer Relations. As a member of Lion Ambassadors, Ryan has held a position as a Service Project Manager, striving to improve Lion Ambassador's partnership with service organizations in the Penn State community like The Village Senior Living Center and the Schlow Centre Region Library. This year, Ryan is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee within Lion Ambassadors, actively working to maintain the mission of service, tradition, excellence, and pride through all Lion Ambassador initiatives. As a student pursuing a degree in Toxicology, Ryan also has experience in pre-clinical research labs and drug testing in the pharmaceutical field. Over the years as a Penn State student, Ryan would like to thank this University for the incredible opportunities and friendships he has made along the way; they will definitely last a lifetime.

Katie Jordan

Katie is a senior studying Public Relations and Community, Environment and Development originally from Drexel Hill, PA. Katie’s main involvement during her time here has been her service to the University Park Undergraduate Association, Penn State’s primary student government. During her time in UPUA, Katie has served as an At-Large Representatives, the Vice President and now serves as the President to over 42,000 undergraduate students. Additionally, Katie serves as the chair of the University Park Student Fee Board in its second year, the group who determines where student fees are allocated. Katie has passionately worked to enhance the voice of international students through their orientation process, as well as works to make sure student voices are heard on governing bodies of our University such as the Board of Trustees. She has also worked to coordinate legislative outreach initiatives to our State Government to continue funding Penn State. Katie loves the job of President more than anything in the world and finds it to be the most rewarding thing she has ever done. She would love to give back to Penn State in any way post-graduation, the way that Penn State has done for her.


Alex Shockley

Alex Shockley is a senior studying Hospitality Management. He was born and raised in the small town of Snow Hill, right outside of Ocean City, Maryland. Alex is Vice President of the University Park Undergraduate Association and a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy. He is also a Schreyer Honors Scholar and is currently completing his thesis on research which analyzes managerial perceptions when considering hiring an individual that identifies as homeless. In his free time, Alex enjoys cooking at home and spending time outside practicing his photography skills. Next year, he will work at Hilton Global Headquarters within their corporate responsibility department.

Megan McCloskey:

Megan, originally from Lower Gwynedd, Pa, is graduating in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, as well as a minor in Business. She is a member of the Penn State Varsity Track and Field team, competing for Penn State in the High Jump. She is a 3-time Big Ten Medalist and 2-time Academic All-American. Outside of track and field, Megan is very passionate about her work within Penn State Athletics as the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Board, as well as president of Penn State Athletes Take Action. She has always been a Penn Stater at heart, with her father playing football for the Nittany Lions (Mike McCloskey ’83) and mother running track for the Nittany Lions (Mimi McGarry McCloskey ’85).