PARSONS – Aiyana Lee Kachmarek was named the 2014 Tucker County Homecoming Queen Friday during the Tucker County High School Homecoming Football Game against the Moorefield Yellowjackets. Kachmarek said she was surprised but thrilled to win the honor. Bethany Friend, 2013 Tucker County Homecoming Queen, crowned Aiyana as this year’s queen.
“It feels great,” Aiyana said. “I was not expecting to win but I am so happy to win.”
In preparation for Friday’s Homecoming Game, students decorated the hallways at Tucker County High School. Winner in that competition were senior class, first place; sophomores, second place; juniors, third place; and freshman, fourth place. In the spirit competition, sophomores received first place, freshman received second place, juniors received third place and seniors received fourth place.
Tucker County High School students, groups, and area businesses and organizations lined the streets of Parsons before Friday’s game for the Homecoming Parade. Students, alumni, residents and children lined the streets cheering for their friends and relatives.
Tucker County High School students entered floats in the parade and the senior class gathered first place. Sophomores came in second place in the parade, followed by freshmen in third place and juniors in fourth place.
Minor Homecoming Court members were Maddy Helmick, Sam Marks and Isabelle Hamric.
Flower Girl Maddy Helmick is the daughter of Jay and Kelly Helmick of Parsons. Maddy, age 6, is a member of the Parsons Church of God and she attends Tucker Valley Elementary School. She enjoys gymnastics, dance, basketball and playing with her sister and her puppy. When Maddy grows up, she wants to be a nurse.
Isabelle Hamrick, age 5, also served as a Flower Girl in the Minor Court. Isabelle is the daughter of Jay and Heidi Hamrick of Canaan Valley, and she attends Davis-Thomas Elementary Middle School. Isabelle likes gymnastics, snowboarding, skiing, riding bike, jumping, swimming, reading and coloring. When Isabelle grows up, she would like to be a scientist or a rock star.
Crown bearer Sam Marks, age 6, is the son of Chuck and Susan Marks of Parsons. Sam attends Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School and Riverview Chapel Church. He likes playing football, basketball and baseball, and says his favorite part of the day is recess. When Sam grows up, he wants to be a policeman or fire fighter.
Aiyana is the daughter Ed and Dianna Kachmarek, and she was escorted by Derek Zirk, son of Brian and Rosetta Zirk of Thomas.
Senior representatives included Leadmine resident Helen Melnick is the daughter of Jeff and Ruth Melnick. Seth Underwood, son of Jerry and Kelly Underwood of Parsons, escorted Helen. Morgan Moss is the daughter of Dale and Danielle Moore of Hambleton. She was escorted by Landon Dillard, son of Scott and Lisa Dixon of Aurora.
Madison Reall, of Hambleton, served the junior attendant. She is the daughter of Mike and Kirsten Reall.
Madison’s escort was Skyler Humphrey, son of Sam and Angie Humphrey of Parsons.
Kenzie Kyle was this year’s sophomore attendant. Kenzie is the daughter of Dave and Amber Kyle of Parsons. Her escort is Justin Fike, son of Gene and Debby Fike of Parsons.
This year’s freshman attendant is Cecily Lou Strawderman. Cecily is the daughter of Randy and Julie Strawderman of Parsons. Brandon Zirk, son of Brian and Rosetta Zirk of Thomas, , was Cecily’s escort.