PIONEER- On Saturday, January 21, North Central High School held its 2016-2017 Homecoming. The crowning ceremony was conducted prior to the beginning of the JV game. At that time it was announced that the student body of North Central High School had selected seniors Makayla Hayes as queen and Nicholas Henry as king.
The evening’s festivities began at 5:30 pm as freshman attendants Taylor Fenicle and Michael Cummins entered the gymnasium.
Taylor is the daughter of Tobi Fenicle and Nikki Fenicle. Taylor has one sister, Allyson who is a junior. Taylor is involved in basketball, volleyball, band, FFA, 4-H, FCA, and SOAR. Taylor is still exploring her options as to what her plans will be after high school.
Michael Cummins is the son of Kevin and Kelly Cummins. He has two sisters, Jessi who is a senior and Sami is in 5th grade. Michael plays basketball and is involved in FFA and band. He stays busy in his spare time working on the family farm “Cummins Farms.” After high school Michael plans to attend college to become an Agricultural Attorney.
The sophomore class was represented by sophomore attendants Logan Brown and Jory Landis.
Logan Brown is the daughter of Lisa Brock and AJ Brown. She has four siblings Hunter, Courtnee, Hunter, and Ella. Logan is a cheerleader and involved in FFA and is vice president of her 4-H club. After graduating Logan plans to go to beauty school for Cosmetology.
Jory Landis is the son of Korrie Landis. Jory has a brother Kai who is an 8th grader and two sisters Zaeli a 5th grader and Onnika who is in kindergarten. Jory is employed at Reifel Industries and is unsure at this time of his plans after graduating.
The Junior Class chose junior attendants Emma Zenz and Zac Turner.
Emma is the daughter of Scot and Linda Zenz. She has one brother Jack who is an 8th grader. Emma is in cross country, indoor track, track, band and choir. Emma is also involved in FCA, SOAR, SADD, Spanish Club, Yearbook, Student Council, and NHS. After high school Emma plans to attend Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to major in Sports Ministry.
Zac is the son of Nelson and Mandy Turner. He has one brother Branden that is attending Trine University. Zac is in basketball, indoor track, track, band, choir, and the musical. He is also involved in Inflight and SOAR. After graduating Zac wants to major in accounting but unsure at this time where he will attend.
The first set of senior queen and king candidates to enter the gymnasium were Makayla Rizor and Jacob Hopkins.
Makayla is the daughter of Stacy Roth and Sean Rizor. She has two older brothers Andrew and Michael and one younger sister Chloe.
Makayla played on the volleyball team. She is also involved in the school musical, AIM, and is the Secretary of her class. Makayla’s future plan after graduation is attending vet school.
Jacob is the son of Julie Kemarly and Toby Hopkins. He has two brothers Gabe who is in first grade and Sam who is in sixth grade. Jacob is in the band and digital art. He is employed at Walmart and will pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science following graduation.
The next set of candidates were Makayla Hayes and Nick Henry.
Makayla is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Hayes. She has an older sister Chelsea and a brother Zach in the seventh grade. Makayla played on the volleyball team and is also a member of the basketball and softball teams. She is involved in the musical, Inflight and the OARS club.
After graduating Makayla would like to pursue a career in Criminal Justice, settle down and have a family, and live a happy healthy life.
Nick is the son of Alan and Joie Henry. He has two older sisters Megan and Abbie. Nick is on the Varsity basketball team, track, band, Inflight and the musical. He is also involved in SOAR, SWAT, Student Council and loves to ride his 4-wheeler in his free time. Nick also worked for the school during his summer break. His plans after high school is to attend college to become a Physical Therapy Assistant.
The final candidates for king and queen were Kelsie Sutton and Kaleb Geiser.
Kelsie is the daughter of Lyndon and Michelle Sutton. She has a sister Kendall who is in sixth grade. Kelsie played on the volleyball team and is on the softball team. She is a member of the band, musical, SOAR and The Butterfly Project. She works at Winzeler’s Stamping Company. Kelsie plans to attend Northwest State Community College to major in Radiographic Imaging.
Kaleb is the son of Brad and Marcia Geiser. He has an older brother Brandon. Kaleb is on the Varsity Basketball team, he is a member of the FFA, OARS Club, Student Council and SOAR. He has been a part of the musical all 4 years. In his spare time Kaleb likes to hunt, show cattle and ride his 4-wheeler. On summer break he worked at Elgin Service Center. Kaleb is undecided of his plans following graduation.
Prior to the coronation, the flower girl, Ava Gruber and crown bearer, Kade Stewart made their entrance. The representatives are from the class of 2027.
Ava is the daughter of Jason and Gina Gruber. She has two brothers Wyatt in the fourth grade and Kale who is in preschool. She is a second grader in Mrs. Beck’s class. Some of Ava’s favorite things to do include “play around the world” and beat her Dad, play softball, make crafts, watch cartoons, ride her bike and get pedicures. Her favorite subject in school is Math. When Ava grows up she would like to be a babysitter.
Kade is the son of Jared and Ashley Stewart. He has an older sister Darbi who is in 5th grade. He is also a second grader in Mrs. Kizer’s class. In Kade’s spare time he likes to build Legos, play with Ninja Turtles, snuggle with mom, and watch movies with his family. His favorite subject is Math. When Kade grows up he wants to work in an office like his Dad and be a coach.
Last year’s Queen, Tristen Tomblin, as well as past King Bailey Miller, were in attendance. Tristen is a freshman at Eastern Michigan University and Bailey is currently employed at 20/20 Plastics. After the announcement of Makayla Hayes as queen and Nick Henry as king, the two passed their titles onto the new royalty.
Unfortunately for the queen, king, and the attendants, their reign did not begin with a victory. The visiting Hicksville Aces jumped out to an early lead and never looked back topping the Eagles 78-39.
Although the outcome was not what the North Central royalty or the remainder of the student body had envisioned, the students were able to still have a good time at the dance that followed at the Pioneer Community Center.
Kent Hutchison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org