Queen City Homecoming 2020
J.K. HILEMAN PRINCESS:
The fourth grade Princess for J.K. Hileman Elementary is Brantli Easley. She is the daughter of Kacie Easley, and the granddaughter of Bobby and Kathy Easley. When Brantli grows up, she wants to be a lawyer. Brantli loves to go fishing and swimming, and she loves to play softball and basketball. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially with her big sister Kaydee Patterson, ninth grade, brother Elligh Patterson, eighth grade, and cousin Remington Gardner, 11th gradeR who plays football for the Queen City Bulldogs.
J.K. HILEMAN PRINCE:
The fourth grade Prince for J.K. Hileman Elementary is Braxton Jones. He is the son of Jason and Brianne Jones, and the grandson of Johnny and Connie Crow and Tommie and Peggy Jones. Braxton has made all A’s throughout elementary school. He is a member of New Colony Baptist Church. When Braxton grows up, he wants to be a lawyer and a preacher and live in Colorado. When he retires, he wants to mow yards for extra cash. He enjoys playing baseball, whittling wood and fishing.
The eighth grade Princess for Morris Upchurch Middle School is Brenna Turbeville. She is the daughter of Paul and Karen Turbeville and the granddaughter of Susan Pope, Robert Wimberly, and Billy and Judy Turbeville. At the middle school, Brenna is a cheerleader, plays volleyball and basketball and runs track. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is on the Archery Team. After high school, she hopes to attend college, play college softball and graduate with a degree in radiology. In her spare time, she enjoys playing softball, hunting, fishing and spending time with friends.
The eighth grade Prince for Morris Upchurch Middle School is Gatlin Surratt. He is the son of Sean and Stacey Surratt. and the grandson of Pat and Renee’ Shores, Jane Good and Doug Surratt. At the middle school, Garrett plays football, is on the basketball team and runs track. After high school, Garrett plans to attend college but he is unsure at this time what major and career he wishes to pursue.
The ninth grade Princess for Queen City High School is Jordyn Jones. She is the daughter of Jeremy Jones and Joni and Jake Hooker and the granddaughter of Bobbie and Nicky Willis, Debbie Hale and the late Jimmy Davis. Jordyn is a varsity cheerleader, and she plays volleyball and basketball. She plans to work hard in high school so she can get accepted into a good college. In her spare time, Jordyn enjoys riding four wheelers and hanging out with family and friends.
The ninth grade Prince for Queen City High School is Mason Stringer. He is the son of Rusty Stringer and Kristi and Ryan Green. His grandparents are Pam and Kenneth Eaves and Dixie and Larry Stringer. Mason plays football for QCHS and plans to be involved in Ag throughout high school. After graduation, he plans to attend college to earn a Bachelor’s degree and become a welder. In his spare time, Mason enjoys hunting, fishing and working on trucks.
The 10th grade Princess for Queen City High School is Landri Beckham. She is the daughter of Craig and Staci Beckham. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Cathy Goolsby and Dudley and Sandra Beckham. Landri is a varsity cheerleader and plays volleyball and softball. After high school, she plans to attend college and pursue a career as a physician’s assistant. In her spare time, Landri enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, chilling with her dog Skippy and shopping with her mom on the weekends. She also loves late night runs to Sonic.
The 10th grade Prince for Queen City High School is Clayton Whittenberg. He is the son of Courtney and Hagan Allen and the late Paul Whittenberg. He is the grandson of Barry and Sheila Watkins, Steve and Jeannine Newman and Steve and Patty Whittenberg. He is the great grandson of Carroll and Dianne Clayton and Veda Watkins and the great, great grandson of Mrs. Katie Clayton. Clayton participates on the Bulldog varsity basketball team, is a member of the baseball team, and is Greenhand Vice President for FFA. He has competed at the Cass County Livestock show showing rabbits for the past four years. He is a sophomore class representative on the QCHS Student Council, and he is a member of the Queen City Bass Fishing Association. He received the Big Bass Award and Co-Angler of the year. He participates in the Ultimate High School Fishing Circuit, the Entomology Team, the Science Club and the Spanish Club. When he graduates from high school, he plans to attend college on a basketball scholarship and become a pediatric dentist. In his spare time, Clayton enjoys hanging out with his friends, going fishing, teaching Awanas at First Baptist Church Queen City, shooting hoops, cracking jokes with Coach Hill, learning how to make his own custom fishing rods, going to get food with Kaden, and anything to have a good time. He would like to thank the sophomore class for choosing him as their representative for homecoming.
The 11th grade Princess for Queen City High School is Emma Baker. She is the daughter of Jim and Charity Baker and the granddaughter of Glenda and Wendall Morton, Tommy Draper, Linda Baker and the late Joe Don Baker. Emma has been a Varsity Cheerleader for three years and a class representative on the QCHS Student Council for two years. She also plays softball and runs track. She has received the MVP award in track, the All A’s All year award for the past two years and is in the top 10 percent of her class. After high school, Emma plans to attend college to pursue a degree in applied sciences and one day become a Physical Therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching the three-year-old’s at Queen City First Baptist Church, spending Saturdays on the lake with her family, riding four wheelers and mudding, doing “girlie” things with her little sister Ella, getting her nails done with Jade, and making memories with her boyfriend, Daniel. She is honored to represent her class as a princess.
The 11th grade Prince for Queen City High School is Dylan Benson. He is the son of Michael and Susie Benson. He is the grandson of Warner and Shirley Finlayson, Charles Benson and the late Patricia Benson. Dylan is a member of the Queen City FFA and the QCHS Bass Fishing Team. He also plays football and is a member of the track and field team. Dylan has received the Outstanding Student Awards for English II and Ag Mechanics. After high school, Dylan plans to attend East Texas Baptist University and fish at the collegiate level. He plans to earn a degree and pursue a career as a game warden. In his spare time, Dylan lives to fish and if he can’t actually be fishing, then he is watching fishing on TV.
SENIOR HOMECOMING QUEEN NOMINEES:
Mallory Abbitt is the daughter of Meghann and Jesse Clayton. She is the granddaughter of Charlene Kendall and Junior and Brenda Clayton. In high school, Mallory has been a member of the Interact Club, the National Honor Society and the Yearbook Staff. She was on the QCHS Student Council as Class Representative in 11th grade and is the Vice President this year. She has been on the A Honor Roll throughout high school and is in the top 10 percent of her class. She has been involved in the One Act Play and received the Outstanding Tech Award in 2018 and 2020 at the district competition. Her freshman year she was a member of the varsity cross country team and qualified for the regional meet. This past year, Mallory was selected to attend Bluebonnet Girls State by the local American Legion. At the conference, she was elected mayor of her city. She attends First Baptist Church Queen City where she is a student leader for Awanas and is involved in the Gravity Youth Ministries. After high school, Mallory plans to attend the University of Alabama to major in political science. She then plans to attend law school to become a prosecuting attorney and hopes to eventually be elected as a district attorney. In her spare time, Mallory enjoys shopping, sleeping, hanging out with her friends, Gracie, Chloe, Hannah, Anni and Kenzy. She also enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend, Hunter Banister. One of her favorite activities is binge watching Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Mallory would like to thank everyone once again for nominating her for homecoming queen.
Claire Bates is the daughter of Curt and Kendra Bates and is the granddaughter of Scotty and Luellyn Bates and the late Barbara Gilbert. During high school, Claire has been on the Varsity Volleyball team for three years and helped the team make the playoffs in 2018. She has run varsity cross country for four years and qualified for the regional meet her freshman year. She has played Varsity golf throughout high school and has qualified to compete at the regional level twice.
This will be her third year to participate in the mile and two-mile run in track and she qualified to compete at the area meet in the 10th grade. She received the “Fighting Bulldog” award for cross country in ninth and 11th grade and for volleyball in the 10th grade. Claire is also a Varsity cheerleader this year.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club, Student Council, and the STARS Gifted and Talented Program. She has made all A’s throughout high school and is in the top 10 percent of her class. She has received the “Outstanding Student” Award for Lifetime, Nutrition and Wellness, Algebra 2 Honors, Pre-Cal Honors and Spanish II. Her junior year, she was selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and attended a leadership retreat with other RYLA students from around the state. Claire is a member of First United Methodist Church Atlanta and she participates in Gravity Student Ministries with First Baptist Church Queen City. After graduation, Claire plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station to major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Math and Science with a minor in kinesiology and coaching. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the lake with her friends and family. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” Claire has a special message for her immediate and extended family. “Thank you for believing in me and supporting my dreams. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without each of you. I love you all.” She also would like to encourage the underclassmen to “never give up and always push forward; you can conquer anything and move any mountain.”
Hannah Fitts is the daughter of Donna and Johnny Cook and Matthew Fitts and is the granddaughter of Joe and Betty Draper and Billy and Freida Fitts. Hannah has played varsity volleyball for two years and varsity basketball since her freshman year. She helped the 2018 basketball team earn the title of 3A Area Champions. She earned basketball Second Team All-District honors and was awarded the offensive MVP her sophomore year. She was basketball team captain her junior year and was selected to the All-Tournament team in two tournaments, earned First Team All-District honors and was awarded the team MVP award. Hannah also played varsity softball in 9th and 10th grade and she has been a varsity cheerleader for all four years of high school. She has been an All-American Cheerleader nominee and she helped the cheer team qualify for the state UIL competition three times and the National Cheer Association competition one time. Hannah has been on the yearbook staff for three years, a member of the leadership team for one year, and has been a member of National Honor Society for two years. Hannah was a class representative on the QCHS Student Council in 9th and 10th grade, was the historian in 11th grade and is currently the Class President. She has made the A honor roll throughout high school and is in the top 10 percent of her class. She has also been a part of the Texarkana College Talent Search Program. Hannah was the freshman and sophomore homecoming princess as well. She is an active member of Gravity Student Ministries at First Baptist Church Queen City. After high school, she plans to earn a degree in the medical field and pursue a career in rheumatology. In her free time, Hannah loves shooting hoops, cheering under the Friday night lights, going out with the girls, spending time with family, shopping, sleeping and reading her Bible. She would like to thank her classmates for giving her this opportunity once again.
Brooklyn Lee is the daughter of Robert and Joanne Lee, and granddaughter of Dianne Gotfried and Stormy Gotfried. Brooklyn has been member of the Queen City Band of Champions for the past seven years and helped the band earn the bronze medal in the 2019 UIL State Marching Contest. In her junior year, she made the All-Region band, qualified for State Solo and Ensemble, and received the best marching award. She is currently serving as a trumpet section leader. Brooklyn is a senior class representative on Student Council and is a member of the National Honor Society. She also played varsity softball for two years. After high school, Brooklyn plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue a degree in nursing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time either her band family, playing softball, and spending time with her boyfriend, Kolby. Brooklyn would like to thank her friends and family for always believing in her and always supporting her.
Maddy Parker is the daughter of Tabitha and Chris Chamblee and granddaughter of Eddie Stephens and Rhodene Stephens and Terry and Debbie Chamblee. Maddy is a member of the Queen City Band of Champions and a two-time state marching contest qualifier. She helped the band earn the bronze medal at the state contest last year. She has also earned 1s in band solo and ensemble contests. She is an honors student, is in the National Honor Society and received the “Outstanding Student” award for Chemistry Honors in the 10th grade. Maddy has been a varsity cheerleader for the past four years and helped her squad qualify for the UIL State competition twice and the National Cheerleading Association competition once. She has also been named a UCA All-American Cheerleader. She is involved in the QCHS Student Council. She has run varsity cross country for four years and qualified for the regional meet during her freshman year. She played volleyball and softball her freshman and sophomore year and she was voted homecoming princess her junior year. She is also actively involved in Gravity Student Ministries at First Baptist Church Queen City. After graduation, Maddy plans to attend Texas State University and major in biology to pursue a career as a pediatric dentist. In her free time, she loves jamming to music and doing karaoke, shopping, having lake days with Gracie Orr, hanging out with her boyfriend Connor, hanging out with her friends Kenayah Larry and Laurel Moore, and playing with her niece Huntleigh Maelynn. Maddy would like to send special thanks to several special people. “Mr. Vess, thanks for always being patient and putting up with me. Mrs. Bates, thanks for almost getting me through school with your daily encouragement. Thank you to all the band members for giving me a big family. Mrs. Henrico, thank you for making an essay due on homecoming day and for making learning fun.”
SENIOR HOMECOMING KING NOMINEES:
Connor Alexander is the son of Larissa Starr Alexander and the late Kevin Alexander. He is the grandson of Louine and Claybourne Smith and Mary and Harold Keith Alexander. Connor has played varsity football for the past three years. He is active in the Queen City High School FFA and the Cass County Emergency Services District 2. He participates in the Gravity Student Ministries at First Baptist Church Queen City. After graduation, Connor plans to pursue a college degree starting at Texas State University and then transferring to Texas A&M University College Station following in the footsteps of his mom and PawPaw Claybourne. He plans to major in sports medicine. In his spare time, Connor enjoys playing football, duck hunting, hanging out with the boys, hanging out with his girlfriend Maddy and competing with Damir and Kieran in everything they do. He would like to thank the football team for being like another family to him.
Kieran Droddy is the son of Eric and Lisa Droddy and the grandson of Carolyn and Jerry Maguire, Eddy Smith Jones, Jr., Pam Phillips and Edwin Droddy. While in high school, Kieran has played varsity football and varsity basketball. He was named Second Team All-District Defensive lineman.
He has also served as the varsity baseball team manager. He is involved in One Act Play and received the honor of All-Star Cast. He was also a national finalist in Beta Club Robotics. After graduation, Kieran plans to attend Texas Tech University to pursue a degree in Biochemical Engineering. Outside of school, Kieran enjoys art, astronomy and mixed martial arts.
Noah Perkins is the son of Julie and Grant Davis and Torrey and Becky Perkins. He is the grandson of Julio and Mary Nunez, Linda Parker, Fred and Jan Davis, the late Tony Perkins, and the late Beatrice Jester. Noah is a member of the varsity football team, the varsity baseball team and the Queen City Band of Champions.
He helped the band earn the bronze medal at the UIL State Marching Contest last year. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, and was voted homecoming prince his junior year. He received the “Fighting Bulldog” award for football his sophomore year. After high school, Noah plans to attend college and pursue a degree in a sports related field. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with the boys, hanging out with his girlfriend and playing Search and Destroy on Call of Duty with his friends. He would like to give a shoutout to Parker Hailey for carrying the boys. Noah would like to thank God for all the many blessings he has given him and thank his parents as well for all of their sacrifices. He has a special message for Kieran Droddy. “Thank you for being my best friend throughout all of these years. Love you man!”
Joel Upchurch is the son of Nathan and Philicia Upchurch and the grandson of Gary and Judy Upchurch, Pat Brown and the late Phillip Brown. Joel has played basketball, run cross country and run track for all four years of high school. He played football in the 9th and 10th grade. He is a three-time regional qualifier for cross country and received the “Fighting Bulldog” award for cross country his freshman year. He has been involved in the Queen City FFA for three years and has been a class representative on Student Council for the past four years. He is also a member of the STARS Gifted and Talented Program.
He was voted as the homecoming prince his freshman and sophomore year. Joel is an active member of the Atlanta Church of Christ. He is unsure of his future plans but he figures he still has a few months to decide. In his free time, Joel enjoys hanging out with Brent, Spencer and Steven.