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Sweetheart king and queen crowned

The 2017 Fredericktown FCCLA Sweetheart Coronation, themed “Waves of Change,” was held Feb. 25 at the Fredericktown High School gymnasium. The ceremony saw candidates from several student groups speaking about the purpose of their organizations and the overall topic of change.

Marissa Hale and Joey Coleman represented FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Hale spoke about how she’d seen change during her academic career, while Coleman described the purpose of FCCLA.

Candice Mitcham and Blake Olson represented FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). Mitcham spoke about changes in her personal life, and how she adapted to overcome them. Olson then explained FBLA’s goal of encouraging leadership skills and education.

Savannah Hinkle and Levi Lunsford represented FFA (Future Farmers of America). Hinkle explained how change has been a fundamental part of the history of agriculture, and of each person’s life in one way or another.

“In today’s society, we can all learn from each other and be wiser if we look at past generation’s changes and how they affected us, and come together as a society,” Hinkle said.

Lunsford described FFA’s purpose of promoting agriculture and leadership for the industry of tomorrow.

Maddie Burrows and Easton Elrod represented the Yearbook organization. Burrows communicated the purpose of yearbook, which she said is to maintain and spread information to the community.

Elrod spoke to the crowd about the difficulty in anticipating change and the importance of remaining flexible enough to handle it when it comes.

Ryska Burkbuegler and Tyler Conn represented the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). Conn spoke about the positive changes he’d seen within his organization and in the community at large.

“We have shaped unorganized cadets into honorable leaders. And we have built a foundation that’s extremely positive,” Conn said.

Burkbuegler said the purpose of JROTC is to motivate students to become great leaders.

Larah Petty and Winthie Couch represented Fredericktown Cheerleaders. Petty described the purpose of cheerleading as promoting spirit among the student body, and to be role models for younger students.

Couch spoke about change he’s seen during his high school experience. He said changes can be big or small, represented by changes of action or changes of mind.

Libby Mooney and Will Arras represented Student Council. Mooney spoke about inviting change to push yourself out of the norm.

“You don’t have to do something extreme to get out of your comfort zone,” Mooney said. “It can be as simple as trying new food or a new outfit. Every one of us has the ability to change the world.”

Arras then explained the purpose of Student Council, which he said is to inspire others and to lead.

After the couples had each entered and given their remarks, the four judges were escorted out of the room to make the decision on who to crown Sweetheart King and Queen. The couples were judged based on an interview earlier in the week, their public speaking skills and their organizational involvement.

The judges were Andrea Heuring and Alvina Mainford of Benton, Mo., as well as Regina Rainey and Sarah Anderson of Glen Allen, Mo.

Upon the judges’ return, it was announced that Libby Mooney and Will Arras were chosen as King and Queen, representing Student Council. Levi Lunsford and Savannah Hinkle representing FFA and Joey Coleman and Marissa Hale representing FCCLA were first and second runners up.

A student dance was held in the gymnasium following the coronation to round out the evening.

The first and second runners-up pose alongside the Fredericktown FCCLA Sweetheart King and Queen on Feb. 25 at the FHS gymnasium. Left to right are Levi Lunsford and Savannah Hinkle representing FFA, Will Arras and Libby Mooney representing Student Council and Joey Coleman and Marissa Hale representing FCCLA.

The first and second runners-up pose alongside the Fredericktown FCCLA Sweetheart King and Queen on Feb. 25 at the FHS gymnasium. Left to right are Levi Lunsford and Savannah Hinkle representing FFA, Will Arras and Libby Mooney representing Student Council and Joey Coleman and Marissa Hale representing FCCLA.

The Sweetheart Coronation candidates stand before the crowd and judges before the King and Queen are crowned.

The Sweetheart Coronation candidates stand before the crowd and judges before the King and Queen are crowned.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Democrat News. He can be reached at 573-783-3366 or jscott@democratnewsonline.com.

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