By Tanisha Melendez
When I heard that there were 12 amazing women on the Homecoming Court, I just had to get to know them. I also thought that the rest of the school should too. I asked them all three questions that would introduce Foley High to their Homecoming Court.
I sat down with these lovely ladies and asked them each: Where do you want to go to college/trade school?
Jenny Pham: “Alabama, because I fell in love when I first got there.”
Haley Kozon: “Auburn University, because I like the town of Auburn, and it’s a really pretty campus. It’s always been my dream school!”
Lacey Bemis: “I’m not sure where yet, but I do know that I would like to get a masters in nursing.”
Abbey Grimm: “Ole Miss, because the campus is gorgeous and they also have a great nursing program through Jackson Medical Center!”
Shelby Hoffman: “I will likely attend core classes at Faulkner State, and go on to Highlands Ministry school in Birmingham, Alabama to study ministry and worship leading.”
Taylor Gideons: “I will attend core classes at Faulkner State, and go on to Florida Institute on Ultrasound to receive my degree in Ultra Sound.”
Blair Cook: “I am going into the air force to be a K-9 police officer.”
Jade Craft: “I’m going into the Air Force, but later I might go to the University of Alabama. I would study the basics of nursing.”
Kera Gary: “Faulkner, because I don’t want to be far from home and it’s in the budget. I want to study nursing at Faulkner and become a traveling nurse.”
Leah DeTomb: “I have been thinking about Samford in Birmingham. I want to major in nursing and travel into war zones with the Peace Corp. and minor in political science. I would like to come back and get involved in city and state politics.
Aleigh Herndon: “I’m going to the University of West Alabama to become an RN and hopefully cheer there.”
Morgan McNair: “I would like to go to a community college for two years, and then transfer to Troy University. I will probably major in Family Sciences, and minor in Music.”
Then I asked them what it felt like to be on the Homecoming Court.
Jenny Pham: “Honestly kind of surprised, but its awesome.”
Haley Kozon: “Its a huge honor to be on Homecoming Court, because it’s amazing to think that my class thought I would be a good candidate!”
Lacey Bemis: “I’m so excited to have this opportunity to represent Foley High School and my fellow seniors. This week is going to be so full of school spirit that it warms my heart. I’m very thankful to my classmates for giving me this amazing opportunity.”
Abbey Grimm: “It’s such an honor to be chosen by my classmates to be one of the girls on Homecoming court. I hope that all of us will continue to show our school pride, not just this week, but throughout the year and even as alumni.”
Shelby Hoffman: “It is an honor, I know that is cliché, but it is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am very grateful to have my senior year.”
Taylor Gideons: “It was a shock, and completely honored. I’m so honored to be able to experience this with all my friends. I’m very excited and anxious.”
Blair Cook: “I’m really excited, but really surprised, and it was kind of unexpected.”
Jade Craft: “It’s such an honor, I was shocked at first, but I hope I win!”
Kera Gary: “It feels great! I’m excited, and if I don’t win it won’t matter, because I still had the opportunity to be on the court.”
Leah DeTomb: “It is defiantly a privilege, and I’m super grateful that my peers voted for me.”
Aleigh Herndon: “I really was surprised, and very excited when I heard my name. I’m honored to be on the Homecoming Court this year, and it’s very exciting.
Morgan McNair: “I was really surprised, I wasn’t expecting it at all, but I’m really excited.”
Lastly I asked these girls the biggest question, “What does it feel like to finally be a senior?”
Jenny Pham: “Great, but sad ’cause it’s your last year.”
Haley Kozon: “It is so exciting to think that I am about to go to college and see what the future has in store for me! High school has honestly flown by and I am grateful for the relationships I have developed. I’m planning on making this the best year and I cannot wait!”
Lacey Bemis: “It’s crazy. I just can’t believe that my high school experience is almost over. I remember my first day freshman year on the ride to school. I just couldn’t imagine being a part of this school, and now I can’t imagine being anywhere or with anyone else. I plan to make the most of this amazing year and not wish it away like most people do.”
Abbey Grimm: “I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life, but I am going to miss everything when I leave. All of my friends, the teachers and staff, and definitely the Friday night lights!”
Shelby Hoffman: “It feels relieving and exciting, but stressful at the same time. Figuring everything out because a big changing is coming is CRAZY. But its been an amazing ride at Foley High. This will be unforgettable.”
Taylor Gideons: “I am very relieved and excited all in one. I am also a little scared knowing after this year. It’s my time to grow up and get out in the real world. Everything is stressful, but I know that it will all pay off when I receive my diploma on graduation night. I’m very happy to be able to experience my high school years at Foley High.”
Blair Cook: “Totally radical!”
Jade Craft: “I’m super excited! I’m happy that this is all over, but I am going to miss it. I have enjoyed my four years at Foley High School, but I’m just glad that I passed. I can’t wait to see what my future holds.”
Kera Gary: “It doesn’t feel good, because I’m about to be in the real world, and time goes by fast. It felt like I was a freshman yesterday.”
Leah DeTombe: “I feel really accomplished and really excited for the next step in my life, although it’s pretty bitter-sweet.”
Aleigh Herndon: “It’s crazy to think that me and my classmates have made it this far, even though it seems like yesterday everything was just beginning.”
Morgan McNair: “High school went by a lot faster than I thought it would. I will miss everyone I’m used to seeing everyday, but I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life. I’m also nervous to finally become an adult and make all these designs for myself. I have made so many great memories here that I will always remember.”