Nominees for the 2008 Sulphur Springs High School Homecoming Queen are (front) Baleigh Butler, Katie Dodd, Bonnie Grafton, Haley Stovall, (back row) Kylie Lucas, Kelsey Smith, Kimberly Armstrong, Krista Taylor McMahan, Britney Cheatham, Kyra Louise Manning. The queen will be recognized during the pregame activities starting at 7 p.m. Friday at Gerald Prim Stadium.
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SSHS Homecoming Queen to be crowned Friday

Ten nominees vie for this year's title at SSHS

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

Sept. 17, 2008 - As if the excitement of last week's ESPN frenzy was not enough, the high spirits continue at Sulphur Springs High School this week with homecoming activities.

Sulphur Springs High School homecoming nominees were selected by their senior peers and announced on Friday, Sept. 5, according to Vanessa Abron, Student Council and senior class sponsor. They are:

Kylie Lucas is the 17-year-old daughter of Jimmy and Jennifer Lucas. She is a varsity cheerleader, Key Club officer and also involved in the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored High School Leadership Class. After graduation she plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in radiology. Her father will escort her at Friday night's football game, with senior Taylor Phillips escorting her during Thursday's pep rally.

Haley Stovall is the 17-year-old daughter of Jimmy and Cindy Stovall. She is a varsity cheerleader, Hi King Klub president and enjoys drag racing. She plans to either go to Wade College-School of Design, or Texas Christian University to major in fashion and business. Her father will escort her Friday night, with senior Clay Hansford as her escort during the pep rally.

Kelsey Smith is the 18-year-old daughter of Carl and Donna Smith. She plays volleyball and softball and is a member of Key Club, Chess Club, Spanish Club, High School Leadership Class and is a Future Teachers of America officer. Her plans are to attend Texas State University at San Marcus to study journalism. She too will be escorted by her father during Friday night homecoming activities. Senior Ryan Miller will be her escort Thursday.

Kimberly Armstrong is a fairly new student having transferred recently from Tennessee. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Tom and Linda Armstrong. Her plans after graduation are to attend the University of Texas at Tyler before going on to law school. She will be escorted Friday night by her uncle, Gary Maynard. Her escort for the pep rally will be senior Darrell Franklin.

Baleigh Butler, the 18-year-old daughter of Gary and D'yon Butler, is the captain of the volleyball team. She also plays softball and runs track. She is involved in the Art Club, FTA, National Honor Society, and the Spanish Club. Her plans are to study genetics or actuarial science at Texas Tech University. Her father will escort her Friday night, with Dylan Rutherford as her escort during the pep rally.

Krista Taylor McMahan, 17, is the daughter of James and Karen McMahan. She said she is involved in about eight different clubs at SSHS. She also plays softball and is an FTA officer. She hopes to go to college and play volleyball and major in business. She will be escorted by her dad Friday, and John Latham will be her escort for Thursday.

Bonnie Grafton is the 18-year-old daughter of Gerald and Beth Grafton. She has been a starter on the varsity soccer team all four years of high school and has been a team captain for the last two years. She is president of the Chess Club, Head Thinker of the Philosophy Club, a member of the National Honor Society and High School Leadership Class, and is currently ranked third in her class. She plans on attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa but is undecided on a major. Her father will escort her Friday. Senior Victor Gonzalez will escort her at the pep rally.

Kyra Louise Manning is the 17-year-old daughter of Rodney and Keitha Bradley. She is a senior member of the Blue Blazes and a member of Key Club. She plans to attend the University of North Texas at Denton and major in psychology. Her father will be her Friday night escort, and Colton Nash will escort her at the pep rally Thursday.

Katie Dodd, 17, is the daughter of Rick and Becky Dodd. She plays softball, volleyball, runs cross country and track, and is involved in FTA and High School Leadership Class. She plans to go to Texas Tech to major in physical therapy. Senior Ben Barrows will be her escort Thursday, with her father escorting her on Friday.

Britney Cheatham is the 17-year-old daughter of Kurt and Connie Cheatham. She is a varsity cheerleader and plays varsity golf. She hopes to attend Texas Christian University but is undecided on her major. Her father will escort her at Friday night's game, and Dillon Verner will escort her at Thursday's pep rally.

The nominees will be voted on by the entire SSHS student body this week, and Jake Moreland, student body president, will crown the Homecoming Queen just after 7 p.m. Friday prior to the Wildcats' game against Mesquite-Poteet. Principal John McCullough will present roses to the queen and two princesses, also to be crowned.

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