Science Hill High School's 2013 Homecoming Queen Michaela Humby (contributed)
Already a Science Hill High School band member and swimmer, senior Michaela Humby added a bit more sparkle to her high school resume Sept. 6, as she was crowned the school’s 2013 Homecoming Queen.
Nominated with 19 other senior girls, Humby said everything from the announcement of nominees, to being crowned at Science Hill’s game against David Crockett High School, was a lot of fun.
“I just thought it was an honor just to be nominated,” Humby said. “My friends helped me hand out candy and make my posters ... which I’m really grateful for. The whole process was just really fun.”
Wearing a floor length purple dress and escorted by Jackson Wireman, Humby said she rode in the Homecoming Parade in a BMW convertible.
She said making the Homecoming Court was really unexpected, but said being announced as queen was a bit of a blur.
“At first, I couldn’t really hear. I just kind of stood there,” Humby said.
After being crowned by last year’s Homecoming Queen Esanse Gardner, Humby said she didn’t parade around the rest of the night in her crown and dress, but instead threw on her usual SHHS game attire.
“Right after the ceremony, I changed into my band uniform and got up in the stands and marched in the halftime show,” she said. “It’s my senior year and I don’t want to miss any of the football games and the experience from all of that because band is such a significant part of my life. I didn’t really want to miss it.”
While the homecoming celebration was a bit earlier than past years, Humby said the student body was still excited last week over homecoming activities.
“I still saw the same kind of energy from the entire school with homecoming week and the pep rally and the parade and, of course, the game,” she said. “I’ll never be able to forget it. Homecoming, in general, is always the best part of the football season, in my opinion.”
SHHS Principal Melanie Riden-Bacon said the school for the last couple of years has had an early homecoming celebration, which she says provides better weather and a better time for students academically.
“There’s so much involved with homecoming that we like to do it earlier ... before we get deep into instruction, because homecoming can be a little disruptive during the school day,” Riden-Bacon said. “We still feel like homecoming is extremely important to the school ... from the standpoint of pulling everyone together and keeping tradition moving along. School spirit is very important for the success of a school academically, as well as athletically.”
She said the schoolwide spirit week included a pep rally, as well as themed dress-up days, which featured themes such as College Day, Aloha Day, Hero Day and Spirit Day. This year’s homecoming week was also cut short, as it fell on the Labor Day holiday.
Even though most schools have cut down interruptions during instructional time to coincide with state standards, Riden-Bacon said homecoming is still an exciting time for the school, especially for the senior girls eager to take home the crown and title.
“That’s what the senior girls look forward to is being able to run for homecoming queen,” she said. “It’s just a big symbolic thing for our school, as far as what homecoming is about and pulling the community together and rallying the school together to cheer. Homecoming is not just about the football game anymore. It may have originated that way, but to us homecoming is a celebration of everything that makes Science Hill successful.”
Assistant Principal Todd Barnett added that Science Hill is a “central hub of our community and it’s important that we keep things like this alive so that our school is representative of the community and can move forward.”
Keith Turner, Science Hill’s athletic director, described the last week’s homecoming football game as “electric.”
“Our team was definitely ready to play and perform,” he said. “It was an electric night for us and all of our kids got to play and that doesn’t happen every game and those kids deserve a chance to excel, too. It was the No. 1 crowd that we’ve had since the stadium has been open.”
Daniel Boone High School also held their homecoming celebration last week, where they crowned senior Hannah Rigsby as Boone’s 2013 Homecoming Queen.
Today Elizabethton High School and Unicoi County High School will celebrate homecoming, and the Pioneers of David Crockett High School will crown their queen on Sept. 27 at their home game against Chuckey-Doak High School.
DCHS Principal Andrew Hare said the school’s homecoming week is always an exciting time.
“With any home football game, it’s always a circus-type atmosphere down here,” Hare said. “Our athletic director does a great job with promotions and getting people interested in coming out to the game.”
He said for the DCHS senior girls, there’s never a lack of excitement when it comes to the possibility of being selected as homecoming queen.
“Anytime you get selected from your peers to represent a group, it’s a tremendous honor,” Hare said. “It’s a very special award to receive.”