Gillespie High School concluded their 2018 homecoming celebration Saturday evening with the crowning of Joey Carter and Lexie Bussmann as this year’s king and queen. The weeklong celebration started Sunday with hallway decorating and continued through the week with dress up days, float building, powder puff football, a volleyball competition, chili cook-off, a bonfire, and a football game.
Seniors Carter and Bussmann were each one of nine candidates vying for the royalty title chosen by their peers. Carter is the son of Bill and Jennifer Carter of Benld and has participated in baseball, football and FFA in high school. He plans to join the Navy and become a lineman. Bussmann is the daughter of Ryan and Melissa Bussmann of Gillespie. She has participated in volleyball, softball, choir and National Honor Society at GHS and plans to further her education to become a medical sonographer.
First runners up included Juliann Hendricks and Florian Seferi while second runners up were Megan Bray and Steven Roberts.
The other senior queen candidates included Madolynn Wyatt, Lucretia Whitworth-Roberts, Hannah Trumpy, Breanne Mull, Lindsey Miller, and Hadley Hardin while the other senior king candidates included Dominic Maykopet, Dominik Taylor, Mason Campbell, Adam Boeck, Jack Jarman and Alex Jasper.
The homecoming court was rounded off with junior attendants Callie Reynolds and Chance Reiniesch, sophomore attendants Grace Bertolino and Jake Carter, and freshman attendants Haylee Ikerman and Hunter Sarti. The 2018 royalty was crowned by 2017 king and queen Nick Spencer and Paige Niemeyer.
Other homecoming awards involved the senior class for winning hallway decoration, the junior class for winning float decoration, the sophomore class for winning the powder puff football tournament, the sophomore boys for winning the cheer-off competition, and the No-Names for winning the volleyball competition.
The Miner football team (3-4) fell to the Staunton Bulldogs (4-3) Friday night by a score of 14-55. The team got touchdowns from Dominik Taylor and John Berry.