October 30, 2020

2017 Heard County Homecoming Highlights

2017 Heard High Homecoming Queen Alexis Nelms (C) with first runner-up Caylee Meacham (R) and second runner-up Maddie Noojin

(Franklin, GA) — 2017 Heard High School Homecoming festivities concluded Friday night at Staples Stadium with a big bang as the Braves knocked off the Jordan Red Jackets 49-15.

Of course with it being homecoming week for the Brave Nation, much more was on the agenda Friday night than just football. The large crowd packed into Staples Stadium not only for the game but to see which one of this year’s senior girls would be crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen.

The Class of 2018 nominated six outstanding girls for the honor and the entire school voted for their favorite. This year’s decision was a very difficult one with six excellent nominees.

The senior girls nominated to this year’s court were Amiah Person, Maddie Noojin, Sage Kelley, Caylee Meacham, Anna Cosper, and Alexis Nelms.

The home crowd of Brave fans became electrified when the announcement was made that Ms. Alexis Nelms was the new 2017 Queen. She was crowned as the new queen by the 2016 Queen Ms. Savannah Stephens.

Alexis, a basketball and tennis athlete, was very excited and honored to be chosen as this year’s queen by her fellow students.

“It means a lot knowing I had friends and students that wanted me to be the queen. It was so special because I did not expect this at all. I think of my fellow classmates more as family than friends,” said Nelms after being crowned. “This moment is right up there with going to the Elite 8 in basketball — it was so exciting tonight.”

Ms. Caylee Meacham was awarded first runner-up and Maddie Noojin was voted as second runner-up.

The underclassmen homecoming representatives for 2017 included freshmen Annie Bradley and Whit Pope; sophomores Tori Manders and Eli Person, and juniors Ellie Googe and Alijah Huzzie.

At the big community homecoming pep rally held in the high school gymnasium Friday afternoon, Mr. Eli Caldwell of the Marching Braves was named as the 2017 Homecoming King.

First runner-up was awarded to Brave QB Mr. Emory Jones and second runner-up was Mr. Zane Mitchell, also a Marching Brave. Other members of the male court were A.J. Head, Bryant Snider, and Davey Raines.

The homecoming parade took place Thursday afternoon with adults and children alike lining the streets of Downtown Franklin.

Parade Grand Marshall Leesa Cothran (Photo: Debbie O’Neal)

Many civic groups, school clubs, recreation teams, and other businesses showed off their hard work on various floats based on the homecoming theme, “Nightmare on Main Street.”

Retired funeral home director and HHS Class of 1974’s own Leesa Stutts Cothran was selected by students as the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade.

She was thankful for the honor as she expressed on social media Thursday afternoon.

“I would like to tell you how very honored and humbled I am that you the HHS students chose me to be the Grand Marshal of our Homecoming Parade! It is an honor I never expected,” stated Cothran. “I cried when I was told that you all had selected me to represent all of you. The people of Heard County are very dear to my heart.”

In the community categories, the Brave White flag football team won best float, while the Maroon Flag team took second place. In the school division, Skills USA won best float and FFA brought home second place.

This year’s school very popular dress-up days included Rockers vs. Rappers (Monday), Dynamic Duos (Tuesday), Country vs. Country Club (Wednesday), Disney Day (Thursday) and Brave Spirit Day (Friday). The Senior class won the ultra-competitive class competition for the week.

Another homecoming tradition this year included the participation of the younger Heard County cheerleaders during Friday night’s game.

The post-game Homecoming Dance capped off the “Nightmare on Main Street” activities in the Heard High Cafeteria Friday night.

It was certainly an exciting week for Heard High School and the Brave Nation. Congrats to all the wonderful participants in this year’s homecoming festivities!

2017 Heard High Homecoming King Eli Caldwell (C) with first runner-up Emory Jones (R) and second runner-up Zane Mitchell (L) (Photo: Jessica Adams)

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