ELLENBORO, W.Va. - Homecoming week has kicked off at Ritchie County High School, and will culminate Oct. 15 with the Rebel football team's home game against Webster County.
Three senior candidates have been chosen and one will be crowned queen during halftime activities.
Nominated are the following:
Lillie Law, of Harrisville, is the daughter of Andy and April Law.
She is a three-year letterman with the Lady Rebel softball, basketball and cross country teams, a 4-H livestock member for eight years and an FFA member for four years. She was chosen for First Team All-LKC in softball and cross country, the First Team All-State tournament team, and has earned the Straight Arrow award and Charting pin.
She plans to attend college and become a physical therapist.
Her hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, and playing sports.
Law's escort is Wyatt Flesher, son of Jim and Jennifer Flesher of Harrisville.
He is a member of Harrisville Baptist Church, a member of the Rebel baseball and basketball teams, a member of the 2021 regional and sectional basketball championship team, and the first team to make it to a state basketball playoff.
Wyatt wants to attend college and major in wildlife management.
He lists hunting, fishing, playing sports and hanging out with friends as hobbies.
Olivia Cress is the daughter of Chris and Shannon Cress of Ellenboro.
A member of the National Honor Society, Lady Rebel volleyball, basketball and track teams, and 4-H, she has many awards, including two-time state champion in high jump and long jump, state champion in 100-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles, All-LKC track her freshman and junior years, All-LKC cross country freshman and sophomore years, All-LKC honorable mention basketball, and Principal’s List.
Olivia plans to attend college to pursue a nursing degree, while competing athletically at the collegiate level.
She likes to spend quality time with her family, hang out with friends and take naps.
William Windom, son of Scott and Ellie Windom of Cairo, will serve as Cress' escort.
He is active in Boy Scouts, LEOS and National Honor Society, and has received the Eagle Scout award.
After high school, Windom hopes to obtain an engineering degree from West Virginia University.
His favorite pastimes are sculpting, woodworking and digital art.
Chaslyn Jones, of Harrisville, is the daughter of Rusty and Leslie Jones.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, 4-H Lady Rebel softball, basketball and cross country teams, and Gilmer County Crush travel softball team.
She was on the state runner-up softball team, received Second Team All-LKC in cross country and made the Principal’s List.
Jones plans to pursue a degree in criminal psychology and criminology.
Her hobbies are playing sports, playing with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.
Escorting Chaslyn is Logan Hilkey, son of Chasidy Edwards and Rick Hilkey of Harrisville.
He is a member of the Rebel golf and basketball teams, and National Technical Honor Society; a four-year golf letterman, recipient of Callaway Rookie Tour medals, attended the state golf tournament for two years, was a member of the 2020 LKC golf championship team and state basketball tournament team.
After graduation, Hilkey will pursue a degree in welding from Washington State College.
His hobbies are golf, basketball and four-wheeler racing.
Junior princess announced
Junior princess is Madison Hall, daughter of Trent and Nikki Hall of Ellenboro.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and Lady Rebel volleyball team, and says “my parents awarded me with the Best Daughter award”.
She plans to attend college and obtain a career in criminal psychology.
Hall enjoys reading, making jewelry, playing trivia games and goofing off with friends.
Ian Martin, son of Kym and Gregg Martin of Pennsboro, is junior escort.
He enjoys going to church and playing Ritchie County sports. Awards received are for basketball sportsmanship and he has been invited to a camp because of his leadership skills.
Martin hopes to attend Marshall University and study pre-mediine, pursuing a career in cardiology.
In his free time, he goes to the weight room or is on the basketball court.
Sophomore princess announced
Natilea Cain, daughter of Andy and Ciji Cain of Smithville, is the sophomore princess.
She is a member of the Smithville X’llers 4-H Club and on the high honor roll.
Plans are to attend West Virginia University and become a NICU nurse.
Cain likes to ride dirt bikes, raise bunnies and goats, and babysit.
Sophomore escort is Adyn Worley, son of Sarah and John Worley of Harrisville.
He is an FFA member and on the high honor roll, and enjoys basketball and raising goats.
Worley wants to work in the coal mines after graduation.
Freshman princess announced
Freshman princess is Morgan Miner, daughter of Lottie and Harry Miner of Ellenboro.
Her future plans are to be a criminal investigator and eventually go into forensic science.
Miner likes to spend time with family and friends, being outdoors and traveling.
Ben Spears, son of Kenny and Esther Spears of Ellenboro, is the freshman escort.
His hobbies include baseball, lifting weights and riding. He wants to seek employment in the oil fields after graduation.
Football sweetheart announced
Football sweetheart is Soffi Bee, of Ellenboro, is the daughter of David Bee, and Laurel and Chazz Jones.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, theater, and Lady Rebel basketball and track teams. Awards include 2021 Ephraim Bee Festival Queen, two-time state track meet qualifier, and a state winner and national placer for the ArcGIS contest.
Bee plans to attend West Virginia University and receive a bachelor’s degree in a pre-med program. She wants to pass the medical college admissions test and work to become a sports medicine physician.
Her hobbies are pageantry, fishing, kayaking, biking and hanging out with friends.
Escorting the football sweetheart is senior Conner Shaffer, son of Annie and Joey Shaffer of Pennsboro.
He is a member of the Rebel football and track teams, and lists hobbies as lifting, and hanging out with the boys, his girlfriend and family.
His future plans are undecided.
Church chosen as flower girl
Anayah Church, daughter of Kenny and Jessica Church of Pennsboro, is flower girl for the homecoming court.
She is a member of the Rebels t-ball team, plays Copia basketball and is a member of Doddridge Dance and Awana.
A 1st-grader, Church wants to be a baker when she grows up.
She loves to play Barbies, camp, be creative and play with her cat, Jett.
Colkett chosen as crown bearer
Crown bearer is Jace Colkett, son of Brad Cottrell and Mara Colkett of Harrisville.
He is a student at the Hornet’s Nest Martial Arts Academy of Street Survival and the Ritchie County youth soccer league. He has received the Gator and Super Student awards in school.
Colkett, a 1st-grader, would like to go into a construction profession and build houses.
His hobbies are playing video games, running, building blocks, dancing, learning about dinosaurs and collecting Hot Wheels.
Community parade time, location announced
Line up for the homecoming parade begins in Ellenboro at the east end of town, in the employee lot across from Hall’s Drilling, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. It is slated to start at 5:30.
If interested in participating call Dan Vanoy at 304-869-3526.
The homecoming game will start immediately after the parade.
Note: Only the homecoming court will be able to use the access road following the parade. All other traffic must enter by using the Rt. 50 entrance (unless you possess a hill pass).