By: Veronica Burniston
As Longhorn football nears mid-season and autumn sweeps its way across eastern Tennessee, its time for a coronation of royalty at Johnson County High School (JCHS). Its a time for students to nominate and vote for rising candidates from each class, and its a time for family and friends to muster support for the girls selected. Undoubtedly, celebration and nerves will run hand-in-hand as the day quickly approaches, a day to celebrate coming together and a day to crown the JCHS Homecoming Queen.
Since 1954, JCHS has hosted the Homecoming tradition of crowning one young woman of the senior class Homecoming Queen. Besides the title of queen, there will also be two princesses crowned on Homecoming night, October 4th, one from the senior class and the second from the underclassmen participants. This years tradition will be preceded by what JCHS calls Spirit Week, a week of costumes and Longhorn pride that spans from September 30th through October 4th. This years Spirit Week contains various themes from Dress Up Like Your Favorite Character Day to Camo Day to Longhorn Pride. The Spirit Week will end the day of the Homecoming game with a Powderpuff football game for the student body and then with the parade that will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the First Baptist Church parking lot and head down Main Street and then up Church Street toward the high school. According to Casey Sutherland, who is in charge of this years Homecoming event, local businesses and others are welcomed and encouraged to join the parade as it celebrates Longhorn spirit and pride.
The participants for this years Homecoming are as follows:
Eden Fenner, daughter of Mike and Sherrie Fenner of Doe Valley, will be escorted by Samuel Icenhour. Fenner is a freshman at JCHS and plays both Longhorn volleyball and softball.
Izzy Dunn, daughter of Roby and Celeste Dunn of Mountain City, will be escorted by a gentleman that has yet to be named. Dunn is a freshman at JCHS.
Taylor Woods, daughter of Jimmy and Denise Woods of Mountain City, will be escorted by Alex Tressler. Woods, a sophomore at JCHS, says she one day hopes to be a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI).
Janae Eshelman, daughter of Jack and Jan Eshelman of Shady Valley, will be escorted by Justin Pardue. Eshelman, also a sophomore at JCHS, says one of her goals in life is to own as many dresses as Katherine Heigl from the film 21 Dresses.
Cindi Edington, daughter of David Edington of Trade, will be escorted by Seth Billingsley. Edington, a junior at JCHS, says one thing people may not know about her is that she loves to read.
Chloe Eller, daughter of Richard and Melissa Eller of Shady Valley, will be escorted by a gentleman that has yet to be named. She is a junior at JCHS.
Kelsey Watson, daughter of Chris and Lisa Watson of Shady Valley, will be escorted by Patrick South. Watson, a senior at JCHS, dreams of one day traveling the world and learning many different languages.
Courtney Weaver, daughter of Eric and Angel Weaver of Neva, will be escorted by Kenneth Brown. Weaver, a senior at JCHS, hopes to one day be a Pediatrician.
Holly Adams, daughter of Sam and Susan Adams of Mountain City, will be escorted by Kevin Dempsey. Adams, another senior at JCHS, hopes to pursue a career as a Pharmacist.
Ciera Boudle, daughter of Patsy Chappell and the late Bridgette and Shawn Boudle, will be escorted by Colton Phillips. Boudle, also a senior at JCHS, says she would like to pursue a career as a traveling nurse.
The Homecoming queen and princesses will be crowned on October 4th around half time of the Homecoming football game versus Sullivan North that will begin at 7:30 p.m. at JCHS.
For more information on the upcoming event or if you are interested in participating in the Homecoming parade, please contact JCHS or Casey Sutherland at 895-9743.