Winter Homecoming hopefuls

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 Switzerland County High School will celebrate Homecoming tomorrow (Friday) night, when rival Rising Sun visits for a conference showdown with the Pacers.

  The night kicks off at 6 p.m., with the junior varsity game; and then between games, this year’s Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned.

  This year there are six Queen and King candidates, as chosen from the senior class.

  Here’s a look at this year’s Queen candidates:

   — KINSLEY GRIFFITH.  Kinsley is the daughter of Amy Griffith and the late Travis Griffith. After graduation, Kinsley plans to attend college where she will pursue a degree in elementary education. Kinsley is an active participant in various clubs throughout her high school career including National Honor Society, student council, FFA, FCA, and serves as the President of the Key Club. Kinsley is also a proud student athlete at Switzerland County High School where she is a four year member of the girls varsity soccer team and three year member of the girls basketball team.

  —  RYLEE HANKINS. Rylee is the daughter of Casie and Jason Hannan and Billy Hankins. After high school, Rylee plans to attend the University of Indianapolis, where she will pursue a career in nursing. Rylee is a 10 year member of the Switzerland County 4-H program, where she has mentored younger members as a counselor at 4-H camp. Rylee is a contributing student athlete to several varsity sports teams at Switzerland County High School. She is a four year member of the varsity girls basketball team and the Lady Pacer soccer team; ; and she is active in the FCA, Pep Club, Spanish Club; student council, Key Club, and FFA. She has helped set up the Swiss Wine Festival for the past two years.

   —  ARIEL OEFFINGER. Ariel is the daughter of Sarah Oeffinger and the late Keith Oeffinger. Ariel would like to pursue a degree in political science, pre-law, and women’s studies at Indiana University following graduation, and hopes to have a career as an attorney and a politician. Ariel is currently serving as senior class president; is a four year member of the volleyball and softball teams, and participated with the golf team. She is president of the National Honor Society; and is active in BPA, where she serves on the State Officer Team as the Region 12 President. She was a 2018 delegate to Hoosier Girls State; and attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership program.

  —  CALLEIGH POWELL. Calleigh is the daughter of Larry ‘Tater’ and Dawn Powell. Calleigh’s plans following graduation is to attend Western Kentucky University, where she plans to double major in broadcasting and marketing, with a minor in journalism. Calleigh is a four year member of the Lady Pacer soccer team; and has also participated on the basketball and track teams. She currently serves as the historian of the student council; is vice president of the Spanish Club; and is active in BPA, where she has served as the Region 12 president and has qualified for the National BPA competitions. She is the reigning Miss Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen, and the 2018 Edelweiss Princess.

  —DELANIE SWANSON. Delanie is the daughter of Christy Caplinger and Darren Swanson; and was a four year member of the volleyball team. She is also a four-year member of FFA, where she has served as treasurer and secretary; and has volunteered at the Swiss Wine Festival. She is a two-year student at the Southeastern Career Center, studying in the electrical trades program; and is a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church and the 4:12 youth group. After graduation she plans on entering the electrical trades apprenticeship program at Dow Corning while attending Jefferson Community College in Carrollton.

SYDNEY THOMAS. Sydney is the daughter of Nikki Thomas and Rob Bledsoe and Jason Thomas. Sydney’s career plans after high school are to attend Ivy Tech Community College and pursue a career in nursing. Sydney is a four year member of the Lady Pacer track team, and also has participated in cross country. She is a four year member of FCA and the Pep Club; is a four year member of student council; and has also been a part of the Spanish Club while in high school. She has volunteered her time at the Swiss Wine Festival and at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter; and currently serves as vice president of the senior class. She is also a member of the National Honor Society; and BPA.

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  This year’s King candidates include:

  — CONNER BOWLINE.  Conner is the son of Phillip and Stephany Bowling. Following graduation from Switzerland County High School, he plans on entering the U.S. Army to train in Air and Missile Defense. Conner is a three year member of the football team; a one year member of the track team; and a one year member of the archery team. He is a member of the National Honor Society; and a four year member of the Switzerland County FFA program, and has volunteered his time with the Swiss Wine Festival and setting up for the Veterans Day program.

 — A.J. COVINGTON. A.J. is the son of Brian and Carol Covington. A.J. is currently undecided in his post-graduation plans, but he is exploring opportunities in the field of law enforcement and emergency services; as well as pursuing a career at either Nucor Steel or Dow Corning. He has been active in the Switzerland County FFA for three years, serving as chapter committee chairman; and is a three-year member of the National Honor Society. He has earned his FFA State Degree; is a member of the FFA Area Soils, Crops, and Forestry judging teams. He is a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church youth group.

  —  GARRETT DEMAREE. Garrett is the son of Ed and Christine Demaree. After graduation, Garrett plans to continue his education as he pursues a degree in civil engineering at Purdue University, the University of Kentucky, or Georgia Tech Institute of Technology. Garrett earned status as a ‘Commended Student’ by the National Merit Board Scholarship Program; has served two terms as the President of the Business Professionals of America and one term as treasurer; is currently president of student council; and serves as the secretary of the National Honor Society. He is a four year member of the cross country and archery teams; a three year member of the golf team; and a two year member of the track team.

  —  MORGAN GAMMONS. Morgan is the son of Anthony Gammons and Jamie Gammons; and Beth Breeck and Joe Breeck. After graduation, Morgan plans to earn a business degree through Ivy Tech Community College with an emphasis in restaurant management. Morgan is four year member of the Spanish Club and the Pep Club; and has also been active in the Key Club, Iron Sharpens Iron, and FFA while in high school. He has volunteered in helping landscape the county courthouse grounds for fall and for Christmas; assisted in landscaping for the Swiss Wine Festival; and helped set up for the community Veterans Day program. He was a member of the Fall Homecoming King’s Court.

  —  JOEY HALL.  Joey is the son of Cassie and Chris Denning. His post-graduation plans include going into business and having a career in restaurant management with a long term goal of opening his own restaurant. Joey is a three year member of the Switzerland County FFA program, where he has helped with the Mother’s Day project; the Veterans Day program; helping set up and assisting with landscaping for the Swiss Wine Festival; and he also participates with the FFA in the district basketball tournament.

  —  ZACHARY HOWLETT. Zach is the son of Angel and Ben Howlett. After graduation, Zach plans to co-op with Dow Chemical while attending the Jefferson Community and Technical College. He hopes to pursue a career as an electrician, Zach is a four year member of the Switzerland County football team, where he earned All Conference honors; and is also a four year member of the high school track team, where he has also earned All Conference honors and also qualified for the Regional in both the shot put and discus last year. He is a four year member of the Switzerland County FFA program, where he has helped set up Christmas lights around the courthouse and has also helped with set up for the Swiss Wine Festival for the past four years. has participated in helping to set up the Swiss Wine Festival, as well as decorating the Courthouse at Christmas time.