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Penn State Homecoming: Queen Nominee Established New Theater Group

by on October 07, 2010 3:18 PM

Editor's note: Throughout the week, we're posting profiles of the 10 members of the 2010 Penn State Homecoming Court: Daniel Cartwright, Danielle DaSilva, Dan Florencio, Marina Johnson, Katherine Larimer, Curran McCready, Jared McKnight, Jessica Pelliciotta, Katy Poole and Justin Ross. Check back as we continue to publish more and more profiles. And click on our Homecoming page for a full listing of the week's Homecoming events. Penn State students can cast ballots for Homecoming king and queen online here:


If Marina Johnson, a 2010 Homecoming queen nominee, could have a dream date with a Penn State alum or celebrity, she would love to sit down with university President Graham Spanier and former Drum Major Matt Sabo.

But it's her preferred location – not her companion – that makes Johnson's dream date so amusing. She has her sights set on a downtown staple, The Waffle Shop, saying that it would be "the most amazing breakfast" of her life.

On the academic front, Johnson has taken full advantage of the opportunities Penn State has to offer. As a student in the Schreyer Honors College, she majors in English and secondary education and is affiliated with several academic honors societies. At the Altoona campus, she even took 33 credits in one semester. Even though it seems overwhelming, she says that it was her favorite semester.

Besides her academic achievements, Johnson has also become involved in a wide variety of organizations over the last few years, including the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Atlas THON, and Project Mexico. Most notably, she is the founder and president of One Stage Revolution, a new student theater group that focuses performances on cultural and social issues.

Johnson's involvement has taken her and fellow Penn Staters around the world. Last summer, while on tour with the Ivyside Pride Choir from Penn State Altoona, Johnson learned that Penn State alumni and fans are spread out globally. One person even yelled "We are!" during a performance in France. This experience is one of Johnson's favorite Penn State memories.

She has enjoyed the university's Homecoming weekends for as long as she can remember, and her father, a Penn State alumnus, has long participated in Homecoming as a member of the Alumni Blue Band. Now Johnson is able to join her father both in the parade and on the field as a member of the court.

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Emily Andrews-Rice is a Fall 2010 Intern. She is a senior double majoring in Media Studies and Theatre. Emily can be reached at
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