Farmington Homecoming Week keeps students busy

Farmington High School Homecoming Week began Monday this week and will end Friday with the Homecoming Parade and Game.

The theme for this year’s reunion is “Game Knight”, with eight senior ladies vying to be crowned reunion queens.

Emma Umfleet represents the Student Council. Her parents are Tina and Jeff Umfleet. His escort is Carson Short, son of Lisa and Mike Short. Emma is co-captain of the Knightline dance team, secretary of the senior class, competitive dancer at the Farmington Creative Arts Center, member of the National Honor Society, and UDA Dancer All-American.

She plans to attend Missouri State University majoring in health sciences.

Grace Duncan represents Fall Sports. His parents are Bobby and Leslie Duncan. His escort is Brady Cox, son of Kelly Murphy and James Cox. Grace enjoys volleyball, basketball and athletics. She has been on two district championship volleyball teams, receiving all-conference and all-district honors. Grace is also a member of the National Honor Society.

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She plans to pursue college volleyball and study nursing.

Riley Schrag represents the FFA. Her parents are Amanda and Kenny Kennedy and Robert Schrag. His escort is Ryan White, son of Demetra Whitehead and Charles White. Riley is in college football, FFA, FTA, FBLA and FCCLA.

She plans to attend Missouri State University, where she intends to major in teaching agriculture.

Taylor Matthiesen represents Knightline. His parents are Julie Umfleet Matthiesen and Brian Matthiesen. His escort is Landon Johnson, son of Kim Johnson and Scott Johnson. She has been a member of Knightline for six years, having served as co-captain, technical lead and currently captain. She has been a student council member for four years and has served as class treasurer, class president, student body vice president, and student body president.

She has been an active member of Knights In Action for two years, a member of the ODell Dance Center Elite Team for four years, and attends part-time. She is also a two-year Fellow of the National Honor Society and a Fellow of the National Society of High School Scholars. Taylor is also a JCN Photography Senior Representative and a two-time Dancer All-American and was named an All-State Academic Dancer for all of the years she qualified.

Taylor plans to attend Missouri State University where she will major in elementary education with the goal of receiving a master’s degree in educational administration. She also wants to dance as Missouri State’s Sugar Bear in college.

Hannah Sertel stands for JROTC. His parents are Bruce Nations and Christe Sertl. His escort is Kadyn Cole, son of Kristin and David Brown. She is active in the Marching Band, Knightline, JROTC, Upward Bound, and the National Honors Society.

Hannah plans to study criminology in college.

Olivia Rastorfer stands for Cheerleading. His parents are Kelley and Mike Mills. His escort is Parker Dickinson, son of Stacy and Brett Dickinson. Activities she has participated in include Choir, Track, FCA, Theater Guild and Art Club. In cheerleading, she is a four-year college athlete and UCA Varsity All-American. She received the “Most Versatile” and “Academic Excellence” awards. Olivia also has two years of Honor Choir – Acapella and Choraliers.

Olivia plans to attend a four-year college majoring in engineering and majoring in nuclear energy.

Aiden Moriarty represents Black Knight Marching Band (BKMB). His parents are Patrick and Tammy Moriarty. His escort is Trent Galczynski, son of Nikki and Dave Galczynski. His activities include joining the BKMB management team and serving as captain of the cross-country team. She is a member of the track and field team, president of the National Honor Society, and a member of the FBLA, HOSA, and Scholar Bowl.

Aiden plans to graduate from high school with an associate’s degree from Mineral Area College and then attend four-year college.

Anna Sikes represents Theater Guild. His parents are Jennifer and Jim Sikes. His escort is TJ Benoist, son of Tom and Tammy Benoist. She is class vice-president and active member of the Student Council. She has held leadership positions for three or four years in the FHS Theater Guild and currently serves as the guild’s president. She is a four-year yearbook staff member and editor. Additionally, she is a committee member of Knights In Action, Scholar Bowl, and the Speech and Debate team.

Anna is dual enrolled as a high school and college student at Mineral Area College. Anna is a member of New Heights Church and a children’s church ministry assistant. Anna danced competitively for 12 years at the Farmington Creative Arts Center. She also started a business, Jet Set Pets, where she keeps pets for 30 clients in St. Francis County.

Anna plans to attend law school at Saint Louis University and become a Cardinal Girl in college.

During Homecoming week, there will be spiritual activity with students wearing specific clothes each day: Monday is pajama day, class shirt day, and all but backpack day; Tuesday will be BBQ Dad vs Soccer Mom; Wednesday will be huntin’ vs puntin’; Thursday will be Dress as something that starts with the first letter of your name, and Friday will be Black and Gold Day.

Schools in Farmington will close early Friday and the parade will line up at the high school from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with the parade starting at 1:30 p.m. The route begins on Kinzer Street, turns left then travels to West Columbia Street before turning left on Henry Street for one block. The parade then turns left on East Liberty Street and returns to the high school on Black Knight Drive.

The return game kicks off at 7 p.m. with the Farmington Knights hosting the Cape Central Tigers. The crowning of the reunion queen will take place at halftime with a band and performance by Knightline after the match.

Mark Marberry is a reporter for Farmington Press and Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3629 or [email protected]

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