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Farmington readies for another homecoming

Farmington High School celebrates homecoming this week with a full slate of activities planned. On Friday, one of these young ladies will be crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game. This year's homecoming candidates are (from left) Grace Gilliam, Emily Greif, Faith Nelson, Isabelle Bradley, Marion Burnette, Alyssa Bramhall, Claire Ferguson and Izzy Holloway.  

With a theme of "Karaoke Knights" Farmington High School has kicked off homecoming week and there will be a plethora of activities, including a parade, a football game and, most importantly, the crowing of a new queen.

Beginning Monday, students were asked to team up with their best friend and come to school as a Dynamic Duo.

On Tuesday students dressed as either a nerd or a jock, while today they took on music in Music Genre day.

Letting the internet guide them along, students will dress as their favorite meme Thursday and will gear up in the school colors for Black and Gold day on Friday.

Following the homecoming tradition, each high school class builds a float incorporating this year’s theme, football and the Potosi Trojans - the team the Knights are facing off against for the homecoming game.

The annual homecoming parade is set to kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Friday from the parking lot at the high school. The parade will travel through downtown along Columbia Street before turning left at Henry Street and heading back toward the high school on Liberty Street.

During the parade, spectators will be introduced to the young ladies vying for homecoming queen this year.

Isabelle Bradley, daughter of John and Lisa Bradley, is representing FFA. Her escort is Luke Hampton, son of Tom and Diane Hampton. Bradley is part of the Black Knight Bank at the Farmington High School, member of Key Club, Girls Only Science Club, and the track and field team. Throughout her high school track and field career, she broke the 30-year shot put record and received all-district and all-conference honors each year. After graduation, she plans on attending a four-year university and receiving her bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology while also pursuing her track and field career.

Representing the cheerleading team this year is Alyssa Bramhall, daughter of Brent and Amy Hahn and Perry Bramhall. Her escort is Tyler Herzog, son of Susie and Jimmy Herzog. Bramhall is a member of cheerleading team for four years and the Girls Only Science Club. After graduation she plans to attend Truman State to earn her Bachelor of Science degree before attending medical school.

Marion Burnette, daughter of Jeff and Andrea Burnette, is representing Theater Guild. Her escort is CJ Hart, son of Susan Scarlet and Craig Hart. Burnette is a member of National Honor Society, President of the Future Business Leaders of America, Black Knight Marching Band, Speech and Debate and Vice President of Theatre Guild. After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a degree in business management.

Representing the Black Knight Marching Band is Claire Ferguson, daughter of Chris Ferguson and April Ferguson. Her escort is JC Odle, son of Brian and Michele Odle. Ferguson is a four-year member of the Black Knight Marching Band, Drum Major, concert and symphonic bands, A Capella and Choraliers, East Central All District Choir, National Honor Society and FHS Leadership team. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City to major in music therapy, with plans of becoming a board certified music therapist.

Grace Gilliam, daughter of Jason and Dana Gilliam, is representing Student Council. Her escort is Alex Gerstner, son of Josh and Amy Gerstner. Gilliam is a four-year member of Student Council, Vice-President of Student Council, Knightline Dance Team, President of Girls Only Science Club, selected member of the Leadership Team, Equality Club, and Theatre Guild. After graduation, she plans on attending Columbia College in Chicago, where she will double major in Comedy Writing and Performance as well as Theatre. During college she also plans to study at The Second City Improv Comedy Theatre.

Emily Greif, daughter of Robert and Amy Greif, is representing Fall Sports. Her escort is Jackson Schrum, son of Ron and Roberta Schrum. Greif is a member of Girls Only Science Club, Key Club, Wellness Committee, and a member of the varsity volleyball team, varsity basketball team and varsity soccer team. After graduation, she plans to continue playing volleyball in college and obtain her bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology.

Izzy Holloway, daughter of Annette Holloway and Doak Holloway, is representing Knightline. Her escort is Brad McEntire, son of Brian and Jeneen McEntire. Holloway is a four-year member of the Knightline Dance Team, member and officer of Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, editor of Knights in Review Yearbook Staff, Theatre Guild, Choraliers, A Capella choir, and National Honor Society. She is also a dancer with Ballet Arts Center and Young Peoples' Performing Arts Theatre. After graduating high school with an Associate’s Degree, she plans to attend a university to study International Business or Fashion Business in hopes of becoming a buyer at a major clothing corporation.

Representing Air Force Junior ROTC is Faith Nelson, daughter of Angela Nelson and Daniel Nelson. Her escort is Austin Hall, son of Ken and Dana Hall. She is a member of varsity Soccer, varsity Tennis, JROTC, National Honor Society, Leadership in Practice, Theatre Guild, Black Knight Marching Band, Symphonic band. She is also a member of Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church. Nelson completed Army Basic Combat Training over summer and received the National Air Commando Association Award with a Silver Star, the Kitty Hawk Academic Air Society Award, the Service Award, and a Leadership Award. After graduation, she plans on completing her Army training as a Combat Medic in Texas. Afterwards, she plans on attending college in the spring at Southeast Missouri State University to become a veterinarian.

The festivities will continue at 7 p.m. with the football game. During the half-time show, 2016 Homecoming Queen Marriah Strange will crown this year’s new reigning queen.

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Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com.

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