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Crowning achievement

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Parker, Norris named 2017 CMHS Queen, King

By Sean Arnold

A spirited week of homecoming week festivities – built around the theme of “Around the World” – culminated Friday Oct. 13 in Chiefland, as Chelsea Parker was crowned the 2017 Chiefland Middle High School Homecoming Queen during halftime of the football game.

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Upon the announcement, Parker embraced her father, Steve Parker, who escorted Chelsea and beamed with a tearful smile when his daughter’s name was called.

Moments before, Haitrieu Nguyen was announced the 2017 CMHS Princess. Nguyen was escorted by her father, Mike Nguyen.

Fellow Queen contestants included: Maclay Agnoli, who was escorted by her father Joe Agnoli; Tenlee Beauchamp, escorted by her father Jim Beauchamp; Erika Gilliam, escorted by her “Papa,” William Geiger Sr.; Maria Enriquez-Gomez, escorted by her mother Rosy; Jommielle Quiambao, escorted by her father Danilo Quiambao; and Alexis Seyez, escorted by her father Freddie Seyez.

The Queen’s court attendants included sixth-grader Abigail Story; seventh-grader Tymberlynn Watson; eighth-grader Gianna Jacono; freshman Casey Anderson; sophomore Lynsey Jernigan and junior Jessika Weekley.

Also joining the court were 2016 Homecoming Princess Kirnae Williams; Little Homecoming King and Queen Justice Alonzo Guyton and Aubrey Durrance; CMHS 30-year Queen Selena Carter; and 20-year Queen Kelly Strickland Gore.

Maddilyn Johnson and Macie Thomas introduced the contestants and announced the winners.

Earlier that afternoon, the CMHS Homecoming Parade made its way through the city, greeting eager children with smiling faces, clever floats and more candy than anyone knew what to do with.

FFA won for Best Float, while the junior and sophomore classes placed second and third, respectively.

Chiefland held its annual Pow Wow event Thursday, capping the evening with the announcement of the Homecoming King and Prince.

Brian Norris Jr. was honored as the King, while Tramaine Brown took Prince honors. Norris was escorted by his mother Latoya Norris, and Brown was escorted by his cousin J’Mia McNeil.

The fellow King contestants included: Dustin Bennett, escorted by sister Stephanie Bennett; Brian Caiden Fehmerling, escorted by mother Shellie Pons; Layton Lanier, escorted by mother Tammy Lanier; Lane Studstill, escorted by mother Michelle Studstill; Dalton Tiner, escorted by mother Letha Tiner; and Josh Webber, escorted by mother Robin.

The King’s Court attendants included: sixth-grader Evan Thomas; seventh-grader Seth Campbell; eighth-grader Christian Schrader; freshman Tyler Pate; sophomore Sedrik Moultrie and junior Draymone Battles.

Little King Jacob Hammond, Little Queen Kennedy Cruise and 2016 CMHS Homecoming Prince Jamarlon Bowers were also introduced.

The senior class was selected first place among the Pow Wow performances, and sophomores and BETA Club took second and third, respectively.

The Pow Wow sketches featured a range of student-performed skits that touched on the “Around the World” theme, anchored by girls from the senior class playing caricatures of members of the football team; the plot was players country-hopping to find lost teammate Dalton Tiner. The football team was later brought onstage for an ovation and the cheerleaders put on a dance performance.

Jessalyn Harvey and Ashtyn Brown were masters of ceremony for the King’s court program.