GENTRY -- It was an unusual homecoming in Pioneer Stadium on Friday evening, with participants wearing masks throughout the ceremony and the traditional homecoming kiss on the cheek replaced with elbow bumps, but the show did go on and a new homecoming queen was crowned at Gentry High School.
After class maids and their escorts were introduced and took their places on the field, the announcement was made that seniors Seiren Reding and Zach Zarnagan were this year's football captains. They received signed footballs, presented by the kindergarten mascots.
There were six seniors in the running for the homecoming queen crown: Emma Anderson, Taryn Capps, Lexi Harlan, Megan McCollum, Taylor Norman and Halle Reid.
The announcement came over the PA system: "The 2020 GHS homecoming queen is ... Emma Anderson."
Falyn Cordeiro, the 2019 homecoming queen, placed the crown on Anderson's head and attached the royal robe around her. Anderson was presented with a bouquet of flowers and received an elbow bump from senior captains Reding and Jarnagan.
Then, after a brief break for photos, it was time for football, as the Pioneers took on the visiting Tigers from Green Forest.
Participants in this year's homecoming ceremonies included freshman maid Kelsi Amos escorted by Aiden Whitehead, freshman maid Destiny Reinhardt escorted by Eduardo Galvan, freshman maid Maya Robinson escorted by Bryson Walker, Sophomore maid Kaitlyn Braun escorted by Jonah Summers, sophomore maid Averie Jeffus escorted by Crafton Beeler, sophomore maid Cady Truman escorted by Jonathan Corter, junior maid Cora Bass escorted by Antonio Hernandez, junior maid Baylee Hendrickson escorted by Adam Summers, junior maid Sydnee Parks escorted by William Pyburn, senior maid Emma Anderson escorted by Lucas Guinn and Tommy Xiong, senior maid Taryn Capps escorted by Ty Hays and Braedon Warren, senior maid Lexi Harlan escorted by Dawson Rayburn and Chris Bell, senior maid Megan McCollum escorted by Seiren Reding and Garrison Jackson, senior maid Taylor Norman escorted by Jerry Harris and Isaiah Freeman, senior maid Halle Reid escorted by Zach Jarnagan and Isaiah Lopez, kindergarten mascots Everly Leighton Still and Holt Isaiah Lyttle.
In addition, introductions were made for Gentry football players, football managers and cheerleaders during the ceremony.