Switzerland County High School will celebrate its winter homecoming festivities tomorrow (Friday) night when New Washington comes to the Pacer gym.
This year, there are six senior girls vying for the title of Homecoming Queen; and six senior boys competing to be named Homecoming King. This year’s Homecoming royalty will be announced between the junior varsity and varsity games; and the winners will reign over the rest of the game, as well as the dance that will conclude the night.
This year’s Homecoming Queen candidates, as nominated by their fellow classmates, include:
– KIMBERLY CUTTER is the daughter of Amanda Sowards of Florence and Kendrick Cutter of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. During high school, she has been a part of the track and soccer teams. Kimberley is also the president of the CORE Group, the treasurer of Key Club, the vice-president of National Honor Society, the co-president of SADD, and the vice-president of her class. She has also been a member of Student Council, Pep Club, and the SLAC committee.
Kimberley has volunteered her time to work at the First Baptist Church Holy Grounds and Nursery and other community service in the Sophomore Leadership Program. She was awarded the GPA Award in soccer and track, was selected as a regional qualifier in track, and was part of the all-conference 3200 relay track team. She is also one of the top ten students in her class and she is a member of the First Baptist Church.
After graduation, Kimberley plans to attend Ball State University to pursue a degree in business law.
– MATTEA EDWARDS is the daughter of April Gridley of Vevay and Mark Edwards of Lexington, Kentucky. During high school, she has been a member of the golf and track teams. Mattea has also participated in Key Club, Pep Club, and Outdoor Club.
She has volunteered her time at the Swiss Wine Festival where she worked at the Grape Stomp and other Lion’s Cub events. Mattea also won the Mental Attitude Award in Golf in 2017. She currently works at Roxanos and is a member of Switzerland County Community Church.
After graduation, Mattea plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg.
– GEORGIE HENRY is the daughter of George Henry and Susan Dunlap of Vevay. During high school, she has been part of the cheerleading squad and is a leader of the Pep Club. Georgie has also participated in National Honor Society, Outdoor Club, and Key Club.
She has volunteered her time parking cars and working in the ticket booth at the Swiss Wine Festival and helping out at Jeff Craig Elementary School. Georgie is the co-captain of the cheerleading squad and has helped her team to be named state finalists three times. She also is employed at Vevay Shell.
After graduation, Georgie plans to attend IUPUI to major in dental hygiene.
– RILEY KING is the daughter of Jeremy and Melissa King of Florence. During high school, she has been part of the golf, track, and basketball teams. Riley is also the secretary of the National Honor society and a member of the Prom Committee, and SADD. She has volunteered her time at the Belterra Kids’ Golf Camp, the YMCA Girls’ Basketball Camp, the Swiss Wine Festival, and the Sophomore Leadership Program. Riley attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar and is the top of her class.
She was also awarded the 2017 Rising Star Award and was the second runner-up in the 2016 Edelweiss Teen Princess Pageant. Riley was awarded the Most Improved Golfer Award her sophomore year and the Most Valuable Golfer Award her junior year. She was also a 2017 ORVC Golf Low Medalist and became the first regional golf qualifier in school history. Riley was a member of the 2015 basketball sectional championship team and the ORVC championship track and field teams in 2015 and 2016. She now works as a retail sales associate at Belterra Casino and attends Fredonia Baptist Church.
After graduation, Riley plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to complete a four year dental hygiene program.
– KALLI MORTON is the daughter of Brian and Keisha Morton of near Moorefield. During high school, she has been a member of the varsity volleyball team. Kalli has also participated in Key Club, Pep Club, Outdoor Club, National Honor Society, and the Prom Committee. She has volunteered her time at the Jeff Craig Elementary School as a student aid and at the Switzerland County Historical Museum where she did landscaping.
Kalli has been awarded the Serving Award in volleyball and the Senior Scholastic Award for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher while playing volleyball all four years. She is also one of the top 10 students in her class, has been on the A and B honor roll throughout her high school career, has earned the Perfect Attendance Award her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and is a member of the Sophomore Leadership Program. She also attended Luke Messer’s Congressional Leadership Academy and completed the Dearborn Superior Court Leadership in Law Summer Internship Program.
After graduation, Kalli plans to attend Ivy Tech for the first two years of college and then transfer to Indiana University Southeast to pursue a degree in business administration.
– KAYLEE WETZEL is the daughter of Joseph Wetzel of Milan, Indiana, and Michelle Leedy of Vevay. During high school, she has been the co-captain of the cheer squad and a member of the softball team. Kaylee is also the co-president of National Honor Society, was the president of her junior class, and is a leader of the Pep Club. She has also participated in Spanish Club, Peer 2 Peer, and the Conservation Club. Kaylee has volunteered her time to work at the Mini Cheer Camp, the Softball Field Day, the Swiss Wine Festival, and the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.
She also helped work on the Mother’s Day Project. Kaylee has held a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout her high school career, earned the Excellence in Anatomy Award her junior year, and obtained a Certificate of Acceptance from the National Honor Society. She has also been awarded the Offensive Award in softball and other athletic awards in both softball and cheer. In cheer, Kaylee was a member of the three time state finalist squad. She was also a Farmer’s Fair candidate and presently works at Zero Gravity Tumbling.
After graduation, Kaylee plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a career in nursing.
Here are this year’s Homecoming King candidates:
– BAILEY BENNETT is the son of Joe Bennett of Quercus Grove and Lisa Lloyd of Rising Sun. During high school, he has been a member of the soccer, track, and cross country teams. Bailey was also the vice president of his junior class and is currently the president of the senior class. He is also a member of the Spanish Club, Pep Club, BPA, and the National Honor Society. Bailey has volunteered his time at the Swiss Wine Festival, the Navy Bean Festival, and the Cross Country Youth Camp. He was a 2016 110-meter hurdle conference champion, and in 2017 he was a conference champion in the 110-meter hurdle, 400-meter dash, and 4×400-meter relay.
He was also part of the track and field 2017 conference championship team. Bailey was awarded the GPA Award in soccer and track each year, was a 2017 Swiss Ambassador, and won the 2017 Track Heart Award. He has also been working at Uptown Pizza since his sophomore year.
After graduation, Bailey plans to attend Indiana University to major in accounting and Spanish.
– KALEB HARRELL is the son of Josh and Heidi Harrell of Patriot. During high school, he has been a member of the baseball, golf, and soccer teams. Kaleb has also participated in FFA, FCA, Pep Club, and the Iron Sharpens Iron Club. He has volunteered his time to help build the new Olive Branch Baptist Church, help set up and take down the Swiss Wine Festival, and work on the Community Courthouse Project.
He has also helped with the Angel Tree Project and the Nursing Home Project. Kaleb was selected for the Sophomore Leadership Program, competed in the FFA State Agricultural Science Fair, and was a captain of the soccer team. He currently works part-time for Harrell Concrete and Construction.
After graduation, Kaleb plans to enter the workforce.
– MICHAEL LAY is the son of Danyelle Lay and Mike McGee. During high school, he has been a member of the football team. He has also participated in FFA.
Michael has volunteered his time working on the FFA Mother’s Day Project, and he has also worked concessions. He was awarded the 2016-2017 Highest Grade Percentage Award in Digital Citizenship and the 2017-2018 Varsity Football Most Valuable Scout Team Member.
After graduation, Michael plans to attend Ivy Tech in Madison to pursue a degree in personal security.
– TYLER PERRY is the son of Joe and Gina Perry of Florence. During high school, he has been a member of the basketball and baseball teams. Tyler is the secretary of the CORE Group and the secretary of his senior class. He has also participated in BPA, Pep Club, Key Club, SLAC, the Prom Committee, and National Honor Society. Tyler has volunteered his time to assist with inventory at IGA with the BPA, landscape around the community buildings for the Sophomore Leadership Program, and serve food at the Vevay Bicentennial.
He also helped set up the Swiss Wine Festival and organize the Easter Egg Hunt at Swiss Villa for Key Club. Tyler is one of the top ten students in his class, and he was invited to the Congressional Leadership Conference his junior year. He was also part of the ORVC championship team in basketball his junior year, he represented Switzerland County in the Aurora Farmers’ fair, and he advanced to the state for BPA his junior and senior years. He currently works for the YMCA.
After graduation, Tyler plans to attend Northern Kentucky University to major in business administration.
– AUSTIN SOUTH is the son of Carol Smith of Vevay and Jim South. During high school, he has been a member of the basketball, baseball, and cross country teams. Austin has also participated in FFA, Pep Club, Iron Sharpens Iron Club, Champion Academy, FCA, the Prom Committee, and Conservation Club. He has volunteered his time helping set up and take down the Swiss Wine Festival and working on the spring and fall courthouse decorations. Austin has also worked on the Mother’s Day Project, Angel Tree Project, and the Pacer Basketball Golf Scramble.
He was awarded All-Conference and the Defensive Award his junior year in baseball. He was part of the ORVC Championship basketball team his junior year, and he was given the Shooting Award his sophomore and junior year. He was also part of the 2017 Soils Judging Team.
After graduation, Austin plans to attend Northern Kentucky University to major in business.
– KYLE WHITHAM is the son of Michelle Barrett of Vevay and Kevin Whitham of East Enterprise. During high school, he has been a member of the soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and golf teams. Kyle is the treasurer of FFA, the vice-president of Conservation Club, a committee member of his senior class, and was the treasurer of his junior class. He has also participated in the Prom Committee, National Honors Society, Iron Sharpens Iron Club, and the Pep Club.
Kyle has volunteered his time working at the Lion’s Club booth and the Lion’s Club Golf Scramble. He also helped out on the Mother’s Day Project and the Kids’ Golf Camp. In soccer, Kyle was a team captain and was given an award for the most saves on goal. He was also All-Conference in 2017. In golf, he was All-Conference in 2016 and 2017. He was also the Most Valuable Golfer both years and was a regional qualifier in 2017. In baseball, Kyle was All-Sectional in 2017 and earned a spot as a team captain. He was the conference leader in strikeouts and won the Pitching Award in 2017. In basketball, he was on the 2017 conference championship team. He also won the Most Improved Award in 2015 and was a member of the All Rivertown Tourney Team in 2017. Kyle was also a National FFA Agricultural Science Fair State Champion. He is currently employed as a soccer referee and a worker at Cook Farms.
After graduation, Kyle plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to pursue a degree in athletic training.