Homecoming Court 2019 – Saturday, December 14, following games that begin at 4 p.m.

PUBLISHED IN THE DECEMBER 5, 2019 HARDIN COUNTY INDEPENDENT –

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Hardin County School in Oxford Gymnasium

2019 Homecoming Court
Coronation December 14, 2019

Hardin County High School will play the Dongola Demons starting at 4:00 p.m on Saturday, December 14. The Homecoming Coronation will follow the games. After the coronation a high school dance will be held.

Freshman Attendants:

Miss Calista Brianne Conley is a freshman at Hardin County High School, and the 14 year old daughter of Carrie and Paul Chellios, and the sister to Brandton. Calista’s papa is Tom Gilmore. Some of Calista’s interests and activities include volleyball, cheerleading, FFA, Archery, and High Honor Roll. When Calista was asked what career she was considering, she stated, “I would like to become a veterinarian. I have always had a soft spot for animals, and ever since I could remember I’ve wanted to be a vet. Another pro to being a vet is I’m fine with doing surgeries and managing conditions on almost all animals.”

Mr. Dawson Prior is a freshman at Hardin County High School, and the 15 year old son of Jeremy Prior and Sarah Layton, and a brother to Rachel. Dawson’s grandparents are Terry Lampert and Sheila Gosser. Some of Dawson’s interests and activities include his enjoyment of the fine arts and socializing. Dawson states, “I try to be caring and approachable. If anyone ever needs anything, I will try my hardest to help.” When Dawson was asked what career he was considering, he stated, “I’m aspiring to become a doctor or something similar in the STEM field. It is ever growing and I love the Science.”

Sophomore Attendants:


Miss Olivia AnnaBelle Oxford is a sophomore at Hardin County High School, and the 16 year old daughter of Rebecca and Jason Edmondson, and Rob and Angela Oxford. Olivia is the sister to Samantha, Juniper, and Miles. Olivia’s grandparents are the late Wink and the late Shirley Oxford; the late Ann and the late David Marshall; Corky and Donna Winters; and Deb and Richard Edmondson. Some of Olivia’s interests include Student Council, FFA, Drama Club, Cheerleading, and Teens as Teachers. When Olivia was asked what career she was considering, she stated “Dermatology is a current interest. I would love to go into the medical field like my mother. Even though she worked very hard to acquire her degree, her passion and love for her job has inspired me to want to practice medicine as well.”

Mr. Jayden Michael Anthony Stephens is a sophomore at Hardin County High School, and the 15 year old son of Danny and Ashley Stephens and the brother to Alidia, Angelica and Danny III. Jayden’s grandparents are Ron and Tammy Crum; Kevin and Angie Duncan; Lydia Gooden; and Danny and Misty Stephens. Some of Jayden’s interests and activities include baseball, basketball, or any sport he can convince his friends to play. He loves being outdoors and caring for his dogs and chickens. When Jayden was asked what career he was considering, he stated, “I plan on becoming a mechanic. My father is a mechanic and I have been helping him ever since I can remember. These are very good memories.”

Junior Attendants:

Miss Arin Michelle Hicks is a junior at Hardin County High School, and the 17 year old daughter of Jon and Gina Byers. Arin is the sister to Lydia, Jay, Dakota, and Logan. Arin’s grandparents are Corinna and the late John Hall; Bill and Brenda Hall; Kent and Gayann Byers; and Joe and Shelia Hicks. Some of Arin’s interest and activities include FFA, high school basketball, Drama Club, and Yearbook staff. When Arin was asked what career she was considering, she stated, “I am a hardworking and determined person in everything I do, and I strive to be the best and do the best I possibly can. I plan to go into the National Guard. After my service is up, I plan to become a correctional officer in Southern Illinois.”


Mr. Lucas Bradley Smith is a junior at Hardin County High School, and the 17 year old son of Vicky and Brad Smith, and a brother to Ashlyn and Alyssa. Lucas’ grandparents are the late Loy and Betty Smith; and Patty Oglesby and the late Junior Oglesby. Some of Lucas’ interests and activities include being a member of the Academic Challenge Team and NHS. Lucas enjoys riding four wheelers and hanging out with friends and family. When Lucas was asked what career he was considering, he replied, “I would like to pursue a career as a doctor, because I enjoy talking to and helping people out. REALLY, I plan to take over the floating river restaurant, and rule over all as the Fried Fish King!!!”

Senior King and Queen Candidates:

Miss Adriana Faith Armstrong is a senior at Hardin County High School and the 17 year old daughter of Darrick and Susan Armstrong, and a sister to Ali. Adriana’s grandparents are Marlene and the late Wayman Lewis; Ronnie and Mary Anne Armstrong; and Bill and Michele Tinault. Adriana’s interests and activities include President of Student Council, NHS, Scholar Bowl, FFA, Archery Team, and the Volleyball team. Adriana is a part of the television show Grace, Camo and Lace. When Adriana was asked what career she was considering Adriana replied, “My goal is to pursue a career in the outdoors and continue my TV show “Grace, Camo and Lace.” I plan to go to SIC to study business and marketing, then I plan to transfer to a university afterwards.
Miss Lily Grace Conn is a senior at Hardin County High School, and the 17 year old daughter of Keith and Tonya Conn. Lily is the sister to Dalton. Lily’s grandparents are Roy and Thelma Pennell; and Penny and the late Quack Conn. Some of Lily’s interests and activities include: Student Council Vice President, member of NHS, Drama Club, FFA, and Vice President of the Senior Class. When Lily was asked what career she was considering, she replied “I am considering a career as a Speech Language Pathologist, to eventually work in a CD classroom that focuses on interacting with children who have characteristics of autism. I would love working with children because it is enjoyable and rewarding. Teaching kids with autism is a learning adventure every day. I would love to help them find a voice and ways to communicate that will impact their lives forever.”

Miss Alexandria Danielle Ostrow is a senior at Hardin County High School, and the 18 year old daughter of Stephanie Sims and sister to Isabella and Dennis. Alexandria’s grandparents are Dorraine and the late Donald Biers. Some of Alexandria’s interests and activities include: NHS, Student Council, Scholar Bowl and Drama Club. Alexandria is also a Major Historian of the Hardin County FFA. Alexandria has played volleyball and decided to try archery this year. Alexandria has participated in pageants and she is currently the Miss Illinois Heart Teen Queen. When Alexandria was asked what career she was considering, she replied, “I am wanting to pursue a career in neonatal nursing, because I have wanted to be a nurse since I was young. I chose to work with babies because when I was a baby, I was born with complications and was in and out of the hospital as a toddler. I am very grateful for the nurses who took care of me, and I have decided that this would give me the perfect opportunity to ‘give back’ to the community that helped me so much in the past. I have always wanted to be able to help people, so being a nurse gives me the perfect opportunity to do just that.”


Miss Nikkie Paige Price is a senior at Hardin County High School, and the 18 year old daughter of Katrina and Cody Gill, and Ted Price. Nikkie is the sister to MaKalub, Erica, Trentn, Zoe, Lily, and Lila. Nikkie’s grandparents are Teddy and LeeAnna Price; Jeanie and Donnie Ledbetter; and Penny and Billy Gill. Some of Nikkie’s interests and activities include: cheerleading for four years, Book Club, and NHS. When Nikkie was asked what career she was considering, she stated, “I would like to pursue a career in nursing. I would like to be a registered nurse, because I have family members who have been in the medical field and they have inspired me to follow in their footsteps and help others like they have.”


Mr. Devin Riley Austin is a senior at Hardin County High School and the 17 year old son of Michael Austin and Kristy Austin, and the brother to Isabell and Shelby. Devin’s grandparents are Dennis and Joyce Austin; Sharon Shelby; and the late Susan Marshall. Some of Devin’s interests and activities include: baseball, FFA, Class President, and NHS. Devin likes riding his ATV, hunting, and fishing. Devin enjoys hanging out with his friends and family, especially his beautiful girlfriend. When Devin was asked what career he was considering, he stated, “I would like to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. One day I would like to design engines for trucks, because I am fascinated with engines and how they work.”


Mr. Johnathan Justice Bryan is a senior at Hardin County High School and the 18 year old son of Mark and Chassidi English; and the brother to Donaovan, Cash, and Nikki. Johnny’s grandparents are Connie Hutson, Pat English, and Jeff Parks. Some of Johnny’s interests and activities include: Student Council, Gardening Club, and Drama Club. Johnny stated, “One interesting fact about me is that I try to be friends with as many people as I can.” When Johnny was asked what career he was considering, he stated, “As of right now, I am planning to pursue a career in acting. I’ve always loved making people laugh and smile, so becoming something that can do that for millions of people is a great thing for me.”

Mr. Lanceton Edward Fields is a senior at Hardin County High School, and the 18 year old son of Tracy and Melissa Fields. Lanceton’s grandparents are Margie and the late Larry Lance; and the late Eddie and the late Earlene Fields. Some of Lanceton’s interests and activities include: Hardin County High School Basketball and Baseball teams, Drama Club, and FFA. When Lanceton was asked what career he was considering, he stated, “I am interested in pursuing a career as an electrician. I love working with my hands, and solving problems. Being an electrician can take me anywhere in the world. We need electricians in every environment so the job opportunities are limitless.”


Mr. Sean Isaac Lane is a senior at Hardin County High School and the 17 year old son of Tony and Jennifer Lane, and the brother to Luke. Sean’s grandparents are Barbara Lane and the late Donald Lane; Jesse and Julie Farley; and David and Mary Rash. Some of Sean’s interest and activities include: being a member of the HCHS Cougar Archery Team, member of Bethany Church, and serves as the Sentinel in FFA. Sean likes to hang out with friends and family. Sean likes fishing, but especially enjoys hunting coyote, deer, squirrels, and anything else that moves. Sean taught himself to play the guitar and enjoys playing in his down time. This year he has begun lifting at Shawnee Fitness and is making steps to better health. When Sean was asked what career he was considering, he replied, “I have gained an interest in pursuing a career in criminal justice at SIC. One day, I would like to serve the public as a law enforcer with the Illinois State Police.”

Little Prince, Mr. Logan Shortland and Little Princess Miss Macie Headlam have been chosen as Crown Bearers:


Princess Macie Grace Headlam is in Mrs. Mosby’s kindergarten class at Hardin County Elementary. Macie is the 6 year old daughter of Daniel and Jessica Headlam, and the sister to Gavin. Macie’s grandparents are Mark and Deborah Wallace; and Russell and Christel Headlam. Some of Macie’s interests and activities include painting, singing, and cheer. Macie attends Lakewood Gymnastics and is part of Cheers Elite Competition Cheer Team. When Macie was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she replied, “I want to be a doctor, so I can take care of people. I want to be a cheerleading coach, too, like Mr. Zack. I can teach the kids who don’t know how to cheer or do toe touches, I will make them do better.”


Prince Logan Shortland is in Mrs. Cook’s kindergarten class at Hardin County Elementary. Logan is the 6 year old son of Travis and Megan Shortland, and the brother to Collin and Kadynce. Logan’s grandparents are James and Sandy Shortland; and Mike and Deanna Marvel. Some of Logan’s interests and activities include playing with his brother and sister, playing with trains, riding the four-wheeler, and jumping in mud puddles. When Logan was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he stated, “I want to be a train conductor, because I just love trains.”

Reigning 2018 King and Queen will Crown the 2019 King and Queen


Miss Kathleen Grace Robinson is the reigning 2018/2019 Homecoming Queen. Kathleen is the 18 year old daughter of Jeff and Dana Robinson, and the little sister to Peyton. Kathleen’s grandparents are Larry and Carole Barnard; Ronnie and Kathy Robinson; and her great-grandparents are Bill and Norma Barnard. Kathleen is a student at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Kathleen‘s current interests and activities include being involved in the SIUE honors program and a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. Kathleen is pursuing a career in education, and stated, “I plan to become an elementary teacher. I chose this path because I love helping children, and I hope to be a positive impact on my students.”


Mr. Jordan Gabriel Fowler (Gabe) is the reigning 2018/2019 Homecoming King. Gabe is the 19 year old son of Jordan Fowler; and Jennifer Austin. Gabe is the brother to Jaidan, Nathaniel, and Kaizlee. Gabe’s grandparents are David and Becky Ozee; Paula Lindsey; and John Fowler. Gabe’s wonderful great-grandparents are Jim and Melba Cullum. Some of Gabe’s current interests and activities include hanging out with friends and family, fishing, hunting, and looking for that 12 point buck. Gabe is currently attending Southeastern Illinois College and pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist, specializing in sports related injuries.

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