Highland High School holds 51st homecoming
On Friday, September 21, 2012, Highland High School held its 51st annual fall homecoming ceremony just prior to the football game against the Cardington Pirates. Raychel Shaffer was crowned Highland’s 51st Homecoming Queen. The court members were senior attendants Chelsea Kane and Macy Winkelfoos. The junior class attendant was Baylee Messer, sophomore class attendant was Carley Gahm and freshman class attendant was Autum West. The retiring queen of 2011, Sierra Miller, presented Raychel as the new queen. The mascots that assisted with the ceremony were Maddie Carpenter, Bryleigh Young, Zachary Church and Cash LaFever.
Our freshman attendant for 2012 was Autum West. She is the daughter of Glenn and Jeorganna West and was escorted by her father and senior tight end and defensive end Shawn Gray. Autum is a Highland cheerleader and enjoys hanging out with friends. Autum’s plans for the future include attending North Carolina State University and becoming a Mental Health Counselor.
Carley Gahm was our sophomore attendant. Carley is the daughter of Tim and Shannon Gahm and was escorted by her father and brother, Quarterback and Defensive End Josh Gahm. Carley is a member of the Varsity Lady Scots volleyball team as a setter and Lady Scots Varsity Softball where she plays second base. Carley has also been a member of student council for two years. Carley enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, going fishing, and going to Friday night football games. Carley’s plans for the future include attending a four year college and her major is undecided.
Our junior attendant was Baylee Messmer. Baylee is the daughter of Andy and Darla Messmer and was escorted by her father and senior Receiver and Defensive Back Jon Walters. Baylee is a member of 4-H and also shows hogs. In Baylee’s free time she enjoys hunting with her dad and brother, fishing, and being with her friends and family. Baylee’s plans for the future include attending a four year college and getting her degree in special education.
Our first queen candidate was Chelsea Kane. Chelsea is the daughter of Jamie and Phil Chapman and was escorted by her father and senior offensive line/defensive line Sly Sherman. Chelsea is a varsity member of the Lady Scots track team as a sprinter. Chelsea is a member of the Business Professionals of America at Highland where she practices global marketing’s and medical office procedures. Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends and family, running and shopping. Chelsea plans on attending Ohio State University majoring in dental hygiene.
Our second queen candidate for 2012 was Macy Shanele Winkelfoos. Macy is the daughter of Shawn and Michele Winkelfoos and was escorted by her father and senior running back and defensive back Shawn Beltz. Macy is a member and team captain of the Varsity Volleyball as a Middle hitter. She is also a Varsity Letterman on the Basketball team as a shooting guard. Macy also participates in the Equestrian team for the Western, English, Jumping, Barrels and Poles. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Honor Roll, Equestrian Queen, Academic and Athletic letterman, 4-H club president, Teen Safe Driving Committee and volunteer for Lose the Training Wheels Camp for kids with special needs. Macy enjoys riding her horse, being with her friends, spending time on the farm with her 5 brothers and sisters. Macy plans on attending college to pursue a degree in graphics design with a minor in advertising, while making time to ride her horses.
This year’s mascots were Maddie Carpenter, Bryleigh Young, Zach Church and Cash LaFever. Maddie Carpenter is the daughter of Chad and Erin Carpenter and was escorted tonight by senior offensive line/defensive line Tye Sherman. Maddie carried the queen’s locket, which has been passed down from queen to queen since 1971. Bryleigh Young is the daughter of Noble Young and Ashton Stanley and was escorted by senior Receiver and Defensive back Nick Shivers. Bryleigh carried the queen’s crown during the ceremony. Zachary Church is the son of Travis and Shawna Church. Zachary was escorted by senior offensive line/defensive line Andrew Kouger. Zachary carried the football game during the ceremony. Our final mascot was Cash LaFever. Cash is the son of Johnny and Kate LaFever and was escorted by senior running back and linebacker David Fisher. Cash carried the souvenir football helmet during the ceremony. The homecoming court chooses mascots and we appreciate them being a part of our celebration tonight.
Our retiring queen from 2011 was Sierra Miller. Sierra is the daughter of Chris and Liz Miller and was escorted by her father and senior tight end and defensive back Gabe Randall. Sierra attends OSU Marion and is studying Health Sciences to become a dentist. While at Highland, Sierra was a member of the marching band and National Honors Society and did a great job representing her school as a leader and homecoming queen.
Our 2012 Highland homecoming queen is Raychel Marie Shaffer. Raychel is the daughter of Roy and Sherri Shaffer and was escorted by her father and senior right guard and defensive end Colton Stanley. Raychel is a member of the Lady Scots Varsity Softball team for three years as an outfielder. Raychel is a member of FFA, Morrow County Junior Fair Board, and Rocking R 4-H group. Raychel enjoys riding horses, fishing, riding dirt bikes and ATV’s and bonfires. Raychel plans to stay in Morrow County and work construction with her mom. Raychel would like to thank her parents for the way she was raised.
Helping the senior class welcome the court were the Highland marching band and members of the Highland Navy Junior ROTC sword arch team including cadets: Courtney Clinedinst, Brittney Rhinebolt, Jake Meyers, Jay Horn, Austin Bowman, Dominic Handshaw, CJ Moser, and Cadet Commander Lydia Hockenberry.
After the Scots victory over Cardington, a post fireworks show was presented by Highland alumnus, Frank Darst and the Hamburg Fireworks company of Lancaster, Ohio. Highland High School would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Darst, ROTC members, The Marching Scots, Parents in Action, Student Council members and all the teachers, staff and parents that volunteered their time to make this event successful.