Switzerland County High School held its Homecoming festivities on Friday night with a home game against Rising Sun; and the highlight of the evening was the crowning of this year’s Queen and King.
Seniors Krista Huff and Ben Curran were honored by the student body as this year’s royals. The six queen and six king candidates had been chosen earlier by the senior class, with the entire student body voting on the winners.
Judging from the rousing round of applause as each was announced to the crowd, the choices were very popular.
Homecoming Queen Krista Huff is the daughter of Michael and JoAnn Huff of Florence.
During high school she has been a member of National Honor Society and the Switzerland County 4-H program.
Krista has volunteered her time for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter, the Indian Creek Watershed Project, and the Swiss Wine Festival. She was also part of the Sophomore Leadership Program; she is in the top 10-percent of her graduating class; and she will be participating on the State Veterinarian Science Team. She is currently job shadowing at the Rising Sun Veterinary Clinic to gain experience for her future career.
After graduation, Krista plans to pursue a degree in pre-veterinary science.
Homecoming King Ben Curran is the son of Joanne Sullivan of Vevay and Neal Curran of Versailles, Indiana.
During high school, he has been a member of the soccer, basketball, and track teams. Ben has also been a part of SLAC, Drama Club, and Pep Club. He was the treasurer of BPA and the chairman of the Prom Committee his junior year.
Ben has volunteered his time at Pacer basketball youth camps and the Quercus Grove Food Pantry. He was honored as a three year All-Conference soccer and track team member, a Swiss Ambassador, and was the president of his junior class.
After graduation, Ben plans to attend either Indiana University or Ball State University to major in sports administration.
Joining the Queen and King were first and second runners up.
The first runner up for Queen was Nicole Leap. She is the daughter of Roy and Julie Leap of Vevay.
During high school, she has been a member of varsity soccer, BPA, Pep Club, and FCA. Nicole is also the Vice President of the National Honor Society and the former Vice President of the FFA.
She has volunteered her time for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, the YMCA Healthy Kids’ Day, and the Red Cross. Nicole was also a varsity soccer captain, a female representative for Swiss Ambassador, a former Queen of Hearts, and is in the top ten percent of her class.
She is a member of Fredonia Baptist Church, and is currently employed at the Switzerland County YMCA.
After graduation, Nicole plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to pursue a career in nursing.
Riley Phagan was honored by the student body by being selected as the first runner up for King. He is the son of Troy and Angela Phagan of Vevay.
During high school, he has been a member of the basketball team, National Honor Society, SLAC, SADD, and FCA. Riley has volunteered his time at the Switzerland County Food Pantry, as a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church.
He has also been a basketball clinic assistant, a Switzerland County 4-H volunteer, and is in the top ten percent of his graduating class. In basketball, he was part of the 2013 sectional championship team and the 2014 ORVC and Rivertown championship teams.
Riley was also honored with the free throw award his sophomore season and the Pacer Lunchbox Award during his junior season. He is a 10 year 4-H member and is currently employed at the Switzerland County YMCA.
After graduation, Riley plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to pursue a degree in athletic training.
The second runner up for Homecoming Queen was Macy Barwick.
She is the daughter of Bryan and Carrie Barwick; and is a section leader in band, the President of the National Honor Society, a co-President of Student Council, and the treasurer of Key Club.
Macy is also a member of the drama club and BPA. Macy has volunteered her time for the Swiss Wine Festival, the Red Cross Blood Drive, the Salvation Army Bell Ringing Program, the Switzerland County Historical Society Reenactment, and the Kiwanis Christmas Party.
Macy was also a Hoosier Girls’ State Delegate, on the Honor Roll for four straight years, and part of the Sophomore Leadership Program.
After graduation, Macy plans to attend Hanover College to pursue a double major in English and Spanish.
The second runner up for Homecoming King was Michael Scott. He is the son of Glen Scott and Kristal Scott of Vevay.
During high school, he has been a member of the cross country team and the band. Michael has also volunteered his time at the Moorefield Fire Department throughout high school.
He was honored with the Most Improved Award his sophomore season in cross country, and earned the Outstanding Percussion Award in band.
He has also worked part time throughout high school, and was voted by his class as the best person to go home and meet your parents.
After graduation, Michael plans to enter the workforce to secure a job in construction.
Other candidates for Homecoming Queen were: Olivia Pavy, Paige Sawyer, and Nora Yazell.
Other candidates for Homecoming King were: Dylan Casey, Brett Chase, and Zackary Park.