Gen­try holds home­com­ing cer­e­monies Friday

Se­nior Lau­ren Fowler crowned 2017 home­com­ing queen; theme was ‘Once a Pi­o­neer, Al­ways a Pi­o­neer’

Westside Eagle-Observer - - GENTRY HOMECOMING - By Randy Moll rmoll@nwadg.com

GEN­TRY — The theme for this year’s home­com­ing in Gen­try was “Once a Pi­o­neer, Al­ways a Pi­o­neer,” and home­com­ing cer­e­monies on Friday be­gan by rec­og­niz­ing former Gen­try High School home­com­ing queens at the Sept. 29 game.

In ad­di­tion to dres­sup days, float build­ing, spirit sheet paint­ing, class cheers, and pow­der-puff foot­ball games (see Page B4 for photos of the pow­der puff games) at the high school, the home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties last week in­cluded a pa­rade on Friday af­ter­noon with floats from each class and nu­mer­ous other pa­rade en­tries. The pa­rade route be­gan at the high school, went north on Pi­o­neer Lane, east on Third Street (Arkansas High­way 12), north on Smith Av­enue, east on Main Street and ended at Ar­vest Bank at Main Street and Rail­road Av­enue.

Class win­ners of the sheet con­tests were the sopho­mores, fol­lowed by the fresh­men, ju­niors and se­niors. Club win­ner of the sheet con­test was the the­ater and foren­sic team. The choir team came in sec­ond.

Sopho­mores won the float con­test this year, with the ju­niors tak­ing sec­ond and the se­niors, third.

After in­tro­duc­ing past home­com­ing queens, the home­com­ing cer­e­monies be­gan with the in­tro­duc­tion of the cheer­lead­ers: sopho­more cheer­leader Madi­son Boyd, es­corted by ju­nior Trent Gore and sopho­more Ma­teo Cain; sopho­more cheer­leader Fa­lyn Cordeiro, es­corted by sopho­mores Ben Philpott and Austin Wil­liamson; ju­nior cheer­leader Whitly Cochran, es­corted by ju­niors Pey­ton Wright and Travion Cain; ju­nior cheer­leader Ni­cole Gun­tharp, es­corted by ju­nior Jack­son Bolinger and sopho­more Jose Bar­rios; se­nior cheer­leader Han­nah Ben­nett, es­corted by sopho­more Char­lie Reams and ju­nior Devon El­lis; se­nior cheer­leader Kya DeZurik, es­corted by sopho­mores Bran­don At­wood and Cody Weeks; and se­nior cheer­leader Brook­ley Tram­mell, es­corted by ju­niors Hunter But­ler and Dy­lan Kilgore.

This year’s foot­ball man­agers are ju­niors Laney Fredrick, Hayley Mur­phy and Lily Navarette, and se­nior Lynzey Sikes.

The 2017 Gen­try home­com­ing court in­cluded: fresh­man class maid Emma An­der­son, es­corted by sopho­more Kyle Dil­beck; fresh­man class maid Ash­lyn Lit­tle, es­corted by sopho­more Brett Hester; fresh­man class maid Halle Ni­cole Reid, es­corted by sopho­more Ross Wilmoth; sopho­more class maid Vic­to­ria Rose Barnes, es­corted by sopho­more Azariah Wood; sopho­more class maid Shawna Moua, es­corted by sopho­more Cody Oer­tel; sopho­more class maid Sadie Reece, es­corted by sopho­more Ker­lose Ruzek; ju­nior class maid Madi­son Powlowski, es­corted by ju­nior Rowdy Tram­mell; ju­nior class maid Danielle Spencer, es­corted by ju­nior Dy­lan Ray­burn; ju­nior class maid Brently Wade, es­corted by se­nior Kon­ner Hodges; this year’s kin­der­garten mas­cots, Juliet Smartt, Tyler Fox and Sawyer Smith; se­nior class maid Abby Asen­cio, es­corted by se­niors Tan­ner Christie and Matthew Nance; se­nior class maid Jen­nifer Car­rera, es­corted by se­niors To­mas Gomez and Daniel Thao; se­nior class maid Alexis Droddy, es­corted by se­nior Ma­son Clark and ju­nior Gar­rett Hays; se­nior class maid Lau­ren Ni­cole Fowler, es­corted by se­niors Jon “Doo” Faulken­berry and Gar­rett Matthews; se­nior class maid Karadie Ory, es­corted by se­niors Lo­gan Lin­ton and Myles McFer­ron; se­nior class maid Haylee El­iz­a­beth Py­burn, es­corted by se­niors JT Crosby and Ja­cob Lothes.

The 2017 GHS foot­ball cap­tains were Tan­ner Christie and Jon “Doo” Faulken­berry. The 2017 GHS home­com­ing queen was Lau­ren Fowler.

The home­com­ing maids all car­ried lilies on Friday night in honor of 2017 grad­u­ate Lily Mur­phy, who was re­cently killed in a traffic ac­ci­dent.

Photo by Randy Moll

Home­com­ing cap­tain Jon Faulken­berry places the home­com­ing crown on the head of Lau­ren Fowler after she was an­nounced as the 2017 Gen­try home­com­ing queen at pregame cer­e­monies in Pi­o­neer Sta­dium on Friday night.

Photo by Randy Moll Photo by Randy Moll

This year’s Kin­der­garten Mas­cots are Juliet Smartt, Tyler Fox and Sawyer Smith. Juliet is the daugh­ter of Alden and Kris­ten Smartt. Tyler is the son of Mike and Heather Fox. Sawyer is the son of Christie Smith and Tracy Smith. They are pic­tured here with Lau­ren Fowler, 2017 home­com­ing queen, and her cap­tain es­corts Jon Faulken­berry and Tan­ner Christie.

Past Gen­try High School home­com­ing queens, in­clud­ing Lali Estrada, Cheyanne McFer­ron and Mekalah Ram­sey, lined up and were hon­ored at the open­ing of home­com­ing cer­e­monies in Gen­try on Friday.

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