Baylee Jacobs, of Wellington, Kansas, was one of the top 15 candidates in the College of the Ozarks 2018 Homecoming Coronation Ceremony on Nov. 1, 2018. This year’s theme was “Making Memories with U.”

Twenty-three C of O student clubs and organizations nominated candidates. The candidates worked together as a group along with students from Hollister Star School on a community service project to benefit Jesus was Homeless.

Votes by the student body determined the top 15 finalists. A panel of judges selected the top 10 based on interviews with the candidates. From the top 10, five were selected during the Coronation Ceremony to answer questions onstage. The judges crowned Miss Hard Work U. and her court based upon the impromptu Q & A and one-on-one interviews with the judges done earlier that day.

Other factors taken into consideration were poise, personality, and stage presence.