Beth Abbott, Matt Meyer crowned as Queen and King of 2009 Homecoming

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Switzerland County High School held its Homecoming celebration on Friday night, and highlighting the evening – along with a big basketball win over rival Rising Sun – was the crowning of Beth Abbott and Matt Meyer as this year’s Homecoming Queen and King.

The two were chosen from a field of 11 nominees that were selected by the senior class. The selection of the Queen and King were made by a vote of the entire high school student body.

Beth Abbott was crowned by 2008 Homecoming Queen Brittany Hankins; and Matt Meyer was crowned by 2008 first runner up Justin Barnes, as last year’s King Nathan Hickman was unable to return for the festivities.

Beth Abbott is the daughter of Tim and Jenny Abbott of near Vevay. She is a member of the varsity cross country and track teams; is manager of the varsity softball team; and is involved in the FFA, where she serves as District 12 President and chapter secretary. She is secretary of the National Honor Society, and is a member of the Pep Club.

She is a member of the county’s 4-H program, is a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church; and earned the Mental Attitude Award from the ORVC in cross country. She was voted by her classmates as “Most Likely to Succeed”.

Following graduation she plans on attending either Western Kentucky University or Purdue University and major in meteorology with a minor in political science.

Matt Meyer is the son of Kyle and Beth Meyer of Vevay. He is a member of the Switzerland County FFA chapter; and also participates on the track team.

Following graduation he plans on attending Vincennes University to major in industrial maintenance.

The first runner up for Queen was Niki Courter.

She is the daughter of Brian and Dawn Levell of East Enterprise. She is a member of Key Club; Student Council; Pep Club; and Conservation Club. She also works as an office aide at the high school; volunteers at the Quercus Grove Food Pantry; and also volunteers at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.

She has earned inclusion on the A-B Honor Roll; and was voted by her classmates as having the “Best Eyes” in the senior class.

Following graduation she plans on going to dental school to become a dental assistant; and later plans on going back to school and becoming a dental hygienist.

The first runner up for King was Keegan Burdsall.

Keegan Burdsall is the son of Joseph and Andrea Burdsall of Vevay. He works parttime at Walmart; and also enjoys going to concerts.

Following graduation he plans on attending Xavier University to pursue a degree in medical technology.

The second runner up for Queen was Danielle Rose.

She is the daughter of Ginny Holt of Patriot and Danny Rose of Patriot. She is a varsity cheerleader; a member of the Student Council; the Pep Club; and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She currently works at Total Tan in Vevay; and volunteers her time at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. She has earned inclusion on the honor roll; and was voted by her classmates as the “Class Flirt” of the senior class.

After graduation she plans on attending Northern Kentucky University and majoring in respiratory care.

The second runner up for King was Zak Rayls.

Zak Rayls is the son of Galen and Debbie Rayls of Vevay. He is a member of the French Club; and a four-year member of the varsity track team.

In track, he earned the “Most Improved” award in his junior season.

After graduation he plans on attending Indiana University Southeast and majoring in criminal justice.

Other Queen candidates included: Tabitha Arnoldy, Ashley Bovard, Bethany Bragg, Jenna Daugherty, Rachel Gurley, Emily Lanman, Kelsi South, and Bridgett Washnock,

King candidates included: Kyle Green, Jordan Hewitt, Tyler Johnson, Clay Meyer, Zach Osowski, Kameron Pavy, Chad Robinson, and Mark Sharp.