Switzerland County High School will celebrate Homecoming tomorrow (Friday) night with a boys basketball game against rival Rising Sun.
The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m.; and following that game and before the start of the varsity contest, this year’s Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned.
There are six senior girls and six senior boys vying for the honor of being this year’s Homecoming Royalty. Here’s a look at the candidates:
– Ariana Bright is the daughter of David Bright of Hanover, Indiana, and Georganna Ray of Vevay. During high school, she has been a part of the cheerleading and volleyball teams. Ariana has also been a member of Pep Club throughout high school and is the now the vice president of SADD. Ariana has volunteered her time to work at the Swiss Wine Festival and the local food pantry. She was chosen as a delegate for Hoosier Girl’s State by the American Legion Auxiliary. Ariana placed fourth at the 2016 Indiana Cheer Championship State Finals, and she was a member of the 2014 sectional championship volleyball team. After graduation, Ariana plans to continue cheerleading at the University of Southern Indiana while studying psychology and criminal law.
-Kelli Hart is the daughter of Chanda Hunt of East Enterprise and Toby Hart of Pleasant. During high school, she has been a member of the cheerleading and dance teams. She has also participated in Checkers Club and Spanish Club. Kelli has volunteered her time at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter and the Little Lambs Day Care. She has also been very active in 4-H over the past 10 years and has won several awards. Kelli won the Reserve Grand Champion Steer in 2014 and the Reserve Champion Steer in 2015. She also was awarded first place for showmanship in 2015, first place in the barrel competition on her horse Dreamer in 2016, and first place in poles on her horse Flip in 2016. After graduation, Kelli plans to attend Ivy Tech to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
– Taylar Jordan is the daughter of Billy and Madonna Jordan. During high school, she has been part of Pep Club, FCA, and the Prom Committee. Taylar has also participated all four years on the soccer, basketball, and softball teams. She has volunteered her time at the local food pantry and the Swiss Wine Festival. Taylar was honored as the captain of the girls’ soccer team for two years. She was awarded all-conference in soccer her junior and senior years and was all-conference in softball her junior year. Taylar was also part of the 2014-15 all-sectional basketball team and the three time rivertown championship team. She was also inducted into the National Honor Society her sophomore year and is in the top ten percent of her class. After graduation, Taylar plans to attend college to pursue a career in radiation therapy.
– Mallory Phagan is the daughter of Troy and Angela Phagan of Vevay. During high school, she has been part of Pep Club and FCA. Mallory has also participated on the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams. She has volunteered her time at the local food pantry with the Switzerland Baptist Youth Group and at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. Mallory was a part of the three time rivertown championship basketball team, and she was on the 2014-15 basketball and volleyball sectional championship teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is in the top ten percent of her class. After graduation, Mallory plans to attend IUPUI to pursue a career as a Pediatric Oncology NP.
– McKayli Scudder is the daughter of Chastity and Devin Scudder of Vevay. During high school, she has been a member of the varsity soccer and track teams. McKayli has participated in FCA and the Pep Club. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, McKayli plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a degree in business management.
– Hope Tankersley is the daughter of Tammy and Donald Tankersley of Versailles. During high school, she has participated in cheer, softball, volleyball, basketball, and golf. Hope is also in Student Council, BPA, Pep Club, FCA, and the Prom Committee. She was awarded the Reserve Volleyball Top Defensive Award her sophomore year, the Reserve Girl’s Softball Batting Award her freshman year, and the Varsity Volleyball Top Defensive Award her junior year. She was also on the 2014-15 basketball and volleyball sectional championship teams. Hope has won several awards in BPA. Her sophomore year, she was awarded fifth place in fundamental spreadsheet applications and second place in fundamental desktop publishing at the District Conference; she also placed fourth overall at the state conference in fundamental desktop publishing. Her senior year, she was on the All Tournament Team at the Oldenburg Tourney. Hope also placed first in fundamental desktop publishing and fifth in extemporaneous speech at regionals during her senior year. After graduation, Hope plans to attend the University of Cincinnati.
– Nick Braun is the son of Helmut and Robin Braun of Vevay. During high school, he has been a member of the soccer, swimming, and golf teams. He has also participated in BPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Nick was placed on the all-conference golf team his sophomore and junior seasons. He also holds three school swimming records and was honored with the All-conference Mental Attitude Award for soccer his senior year. He was also the 2016 second runner-up Male Swiss Ambassador. After graduation, Nick plans to attend the University of Kentucky to pursue a pharmacy degree; he then wants to continue his education in medical school to get a degree in pathology.
– Luke Compton is the son of Doug and Rachel Compton of Vevay. During high school, he has been a member of the football and track and field teams. He has also been in the marching and pep bands throughout his high school career and was a member of FCA. Luke has volunteered his time to do lawn care for the Vevay Museum and the Vevay Assembly Church. He also has helped organize a local canned food drive. Luke is a member of the National Honor Society and was a part of the Sophomore Leadership Program. He was also given the Most Improved Award in football and the Sports Academic Award. He currently works at Shell’s Ice Cream and Grill. Luke plans to attend Ivy Tech to pursue a degree in general studies; he then wants to continue his education at Butler University to obtain a degree in music education.
-Hunter Hayes is the son of Chris and Tammy Hayes of Moorefield, Indiana. During high school, he has been a member of the basketball, golf, track, soccer, and football teams. Hunter has also been a member of the SLAC committee. He has volunteered his time lending a hand at the Ice Cream Social at the Moorefield Firehouse and assisting the local food pantry. Hunter is also a volunteer firefighter at the Moorefield Fire Department. He was named all-conference in basketball his sophomore year and all-conference in the long jump his junior year. Hunter was also part of the all-conference 4 by 100 relay team that broke the school record. He was awarded the Rebounding Grinder Award in basketball his sophomore and junior years, and he also worked for Todd Chase at Grassman Unlimited. After graduation, Hunter plans to attend college to earn a bachelor’s degree.
– Kollin Hayes is the son of Jamie Hayes of Vevay and Heather Stewart of Lexington, Kentucky. During high school, he has been a member of the basketball, baseball, and football teams. Kollin has also participated in Pep Club throughout his high school career. He has volunteered his time to decorate the courthouse with his landscaping class, to work on the prom with the Prom Committee, and to help out with the local children’s basketball camps. Kollin was part of the Rivertown Championship team and the ORVC Basketball Championship team in 2014. He was also named all-conference in baseball in 2016.
– Sean Lewis is the son of Melissa Lewis of Rising Sun and Joe Lewis of Aurora. During high school, he has been a member of the track and field and football teams. Sean has volunteered his time to put up courthouse decorations and to help out at the Swiss Wine Festival. Sean was awarded as a mandatory firefighter at the Southeastern Career Center and he obtained his National Incident Management System Certificate. After graduation, Sean is enlisted to enter the U.S. Army Infantry Division. Once his military career ends, he wants to pursue employment as a DNR or police office.
– Brody Splain is the son of Bill and Janet “Fizz” Splain of Vevay. During high school, he has been a member of the track and junior varsity basketball teams. Brody has been the class president for two years. He has also participated in 4-H, Student Council, and the Pep Club. Brody has volunteered his time fundraising for Riley Hospital. He was honored with the Track Newcomer Award and the Track Most Valuable Sprinter Award. Brody was part of the all-conference 4 by 100 relay team that broke the school record, and he was recognized as a 4-H Grand Champion. He was also the 2016 Aurora Farmers’ Fair King. He has also traveled to Africa, where he spent his time hunting and exploring. This trip inspired him to pursue a career as a professional hunting outfitter after graduation.