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FHHS Crowns Their Homecoming Royalty
Two students who may not normally get the spotlight certainly did last Friday night (Oct. 10). The student body at Forest Hills High School elected seniors Jessica Bowen and Nicholas Twomey as their Homecoming Queen and King for 2014. Both students had to go through two rounds of voting and garner the most support from their peers to receive the honor.
These are not just any ordinary students, but they have the special ability to steal everyone’s hearts. Jessica and Nick are members of Meghan Welty’s class at Forest Hills. Student Body President Caroline Bradley said, “Our school has come together this year as one to recognize Nick Twomey and Jessica Bowen, who would normally be left in the shadows, but instead have become a part of our community. It is truly an honor to have Nick and Jessica representing our school this year.”
A school-wide transformation occurred in support of these two teens. Even the toughest football players seemed to have their hearts melted by the warmth of these students. The final voting for King and Queen took place on Thursday, October 9, during the lunch periods. Other members of the Homecoming Court actively campaigned for Jessica and Nick. When the students were nominated, it became the mission of many students to get these two elected. Senior Jamaria Sanders said to her fellow students, “Come on, guys. We have a chance to do something really special. This will change their lives!” Thursday afternoon at the pep rally during fourth block, Nick was crowned Homecoming King. At halftime of Friday night’s Homecoming football game against Mt. Pleasant, Nick was again recognized as King, all the representatives were announced, and Jessica was crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen.
Jessica said, “It felt great to be Homecoming Queen….I was so happy about it.”
Asked her favorite thing about being Homecoming Queen, she said, “I loved the white roses and the tiara.” She and Nick both wanted to thank everyone who voted for them.
Asked how he felt about being Homecoming King, Nick said, “I was surprised. I almost jumped out of my chair. It made me feel inspired and accepted. It made me happy because it showed me that people like me. My favorite part was when they called my name. And that people have been talking to me in the halls.”
Their teacher, Mrs. Meghan Welty, said, “I cannot begin to explain what it means to Jessica and Nick to be named King and Queen. It has been the topic of conversation for the last two weeks. They were both so surprised and happy to be nominated for homecoming court. They did not even imagine that they might win. It has been wonderful to watch our school embrace Jessica and Nick. They have accepted them for who they are and chosen to see their strengths instead of their weaknesses. A special thanks to the students who made posters for Jessica and Nick! Thank you, Forest Hills, for making Jessica and Nick feel special.”
Jessica Bowen is the daughter of Norman and Rhona Bowen of Monroe, and Nick Twomey is the son of Derrill and Deb Twomey of Marshville.
Written by: Melissa Howell
Posted: Oct 20, 2014 by Melissa Howell