Mackenzie Covington, Nathan Braun are Homecoming Queen and King


Switzerland County High School celebrated its second football Homecoming on Friday night, kicking off a big night that included a parade; the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King; and an impressive 48-20 victory over Oldenburg Academy that raised the Pacer record to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Halftime brought the coronation ceremonies, with six senior girls and six senior boys having been selected by their classmates as candidates; and then those candidates were voted on by members of the student body with the input of faculty.

This year’s Homecoming Queen is Mackenzie Covington. Mackenzie is the daughter of Joe Covington and the late Barbara Covington, and she has been a member of the track team for four years and the soccer team for three years. She is active in the Business Professionals of America, where she serves as Vice President; National Honor Society, where she is currently the President; and is a three-year member of student council. She represented her classmates last month in the Swiss Ambassador competition; and is currently the Co-President of the Senior Class.

Her career plans are to pursue a degree in Neonatal Nursing, and possibly minor in a foreign language.

Nathan Braun was honored as this year’s Homecoming King. Nathan is the son of Helmut and Robin Braun; and he is a four-year member of the soccer, swim, and golf teams. He participated in the Business Professionals of America in the past; and also participated in the Swiss Wine Festival’s 3-on-3 tournament. During his junior year, he earned the Mental Attitude Award for the golf team.

His career plans are to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career as a physical therapist.

The first runners up this year were McKayli Scudder and Luke Compton.

McKayli is the daughter of Devin Scudder and Chastity Scudder, and she is a four-year member of the soccer and track teams; as well as having participated on the golf and basketball teams in the past. She is a four-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Pep Club; and has volunteered her time working at the food pantry. She was a member of the Prom Committee. She is a member of Switzerland Baptist Church; and in athletics she earned All Conference honors in track, and was the MVP for three years. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.

After graduation she plans on attending Indiana University to pursue a degree in business management.

Luke is the son of Doug and Rachel Compton; and he is a three-year member of the football team and the track team; and is a four-year member of the Switzerland County High School Marching Band and Pep Band. He was a two-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; is a member of the National Honor Society; and participated in the Sophomore Leadership Program.

He plans on attending Ivy Tech Community College to complete his general studies, and then transfer to Butler University to earn a degree in music education.

Rounding out the court were Kelli Hart and Kollin Hayes, who were honored as the second runners up.

Kelli is the daughter of Toby and Chanda Hart, and she is active in the Art Club, SADD, and has participated in cheerleading and the Dance Team in the past. She is a nine-year member of the Pleasant Outlaws 4-H club, where she has served as secretary for two years, and the club also volunteered at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. She has raised Reserve Grand Champion steers along with Showmanship honors with her horse. Her interests include raising baby cows and riding her horse, along with showing cattle.

Her career ambition is to earn a college degree in education.

Kollin is the son of Jamie Hayes and Heather Stewart, and he is a four-year member of the basketball team; played baseball for two years and football for one year. He is an active member of the Pep Club; and also served on the Prom Committee. He was a member of the conference champion basketball team in 2014 and the Rivertown Tourney basketball champions in 2014; and was All Conference in baseball last year.

He plans on attending Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, and is undecided on his major.

Other senior girls who were honored with inclusion in the Queen’s court included: Ariana Bright, Taylar Jordan, and Mallory Phagan.

Senior boys serving in the King’s court included: Nick Braun, Will Pike, and Brody Splain.