1/23/2014 3:00:00 PM Mercedes Parham, Sean Oatman are 2014 Homecoming Queen and King
King Sean Oatman and Homecoming Queen Mercedes Parham.
Switzerland County High School held its annual Homecoming celebration last Friday night, and crowned this year’s Queen and King. This year’s court includes, front row, from left: Homecoming King Sean Oatman and Homecoming Queen Mercedes Parham. Back row: candidates T.J. White, Bre Ricketts, and Austin Clark; second runner up for Queen Alexis Snider; second runner up for King Bob Tressler; first runner up for King Hunter Jordan; first runner up for Queen Kayla Hall; and candidates Cayli Chase, Kirsten Furnish, and Chase Ritch.
Switzerland County fought off some winter weather during the day, but last Friday night the roads had cleared enough for Switzerland County High School to host its Homecoming festivities - and a big crowd turned out for the event.
Highlighting the night was the crowning of this year's Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King, which occurred between the junior varsity and varsity games between Switzerland County and Southwestern.
Six queen and six king candidates were selected, and then the finalists were voted on by the student body. On Friday night, all of the candidates were introduced, and then the announcement was made.
Seniors Mercedes Parham and Sean Oatman were elected by their student peers as this year's Queen and King - and judging from the rousing applause as each was introduced, the election was a popular one.
Queen Mercedes Parham is the daughter of Kimberly and Scott Parham. During high school she has been a member of the basketball, soccer, and golf teams. She also participated in Art Club, BPA, Checkers Club, FCA, FFA, and Spanish Club.
Mercedes was also the treasurer of the junior class and the vice president of SADD. She has volunteered her time at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter, the Thornton Terrace Health Campus, the Swiss Wine Festival Lions Club, and a soup kitchen in Ohio. Mercedes has also been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, worked the FFA canned food drive, helped organize the Veteran's Day Program and the Mother's Day Project, and volunteered for Locks of Love.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to attend Northern Kentucky University to pursue a career in marine biology and physical therapy after graduation.
King Sean Oatman is the son of Chris and Michelle Oatman of Patriot. During high school he has been a member of the cross country team, the track team, Junior Historical Society, Student Council, FFA, the Boy Scouts, Art Club, Conservation Club, and the SLAC Committee.
Sean has volunteered his time water testing at Ogle Park for the Ohio River Watchers and participating in the River Cleanup of 2010. Sean has the great honor of being an Eagle Scout, and he was also awarded All-Conference his freshman, sophomore, and junior year.
Sean plans to attend college for mechanical or industrial engineering after graduation.
Prior to the announcement of the Queen and King, first and second runners up were also announced.
Kayla Hall was the first runner up for Homecoming Queen. She is the daughter of Jason Hall and Crystal Jennings, and the granddaughter of Rodger and Lyn Hall. During high school she has been a member of the golf team, Pep Club, and Prom Committee. Kayla was also elected the vice president of both her freshman and junior class.
She has volunteered her time for tornado relief, a canned food drive, the Lion's Club Golf Scramble, the Swiss Wine Festival, the FFA Mother's Day Project, and the Veteran's Day Program. She currently works part time at the Vevay Shell Station, and is also an intern at King's Daughters' Hospital for Medical Imaging.
Kayla plans to attend college to pursue a career in radiology after graduation.
The first runner up for Homecoming King was Hunter Jordan. He is the son of Billy and Madonna Jordan of Florence. During high school he has been a member of FFA, the Prom Committee, and the baseball team. Hunter has volunteered his time to work on the Mother's Day Project and the Fall Display for the FFA. He was also named the Swiss Ambassador for the senior class at the Swiss Wine Festival.
Hunter plans to attend a technical school to pursue a degree in mechanical technologies after graduation.
The second runner up for Queen was Alexis Snider. She is the daughter of David and Tonya Snider of Vevay. During high school she has been a member of the track team, BPA, Pep Club, Key Club, the Math Academic Team, and Student Council. She has also been the president of Outdoors Club, president of the Spanish Club, yearbook editor, and the secretary for the SLAC Committee.
Alexis plans to attend Northern Kentucky University where she will pursue a degree in social work after graduation.
Bob Tressler was chosen by the student body as the second runner up for Homecoming King. He is the son of Stan and Becky Tressler of East Enterprise. During high school he has been a member the baseball team, the basketball team, FCA, the Pep Club, and SADD.
Bob is an academic honors student, and plans to attend Thomas Moore College to study health science in the fall. He plans to be pitching for the Thomas Moore Saints baseball team, and working to become a chiropractor.
Other candidates for Homecoming Queen were: Cayli Chase, Kirsten Furnish, and Bre Ricketts. Other candidates for Homecoming King were: Austin Clark, Chase Ritch, and T.J. White.