Washington High School celebrated its 2018 homecoming on Friday before its football game versus the Hillsboro Indians by crowning Hannah Haithcock and Ray Dublin as the 2018 Homecoming Queen and King.
The festivities began before the game at 7 p.m. at Gardner Park. Trevor Minyo, representing the Washington High School Student Council, announced the homecoming court to the crowd of fans. After each member and their escorts crossed the field, the two were named king and queen.
Haithcock is the daughter of Angie and Steve Haithcock. She is a member of the Washington Blue Lion Marching Band and the Lady Lions volleyball and basketball teams. Dublin is the son of Rhonda Dublin. He is a member of the Washington High School Hi-Y club, the Blue Lion Bowling Team and senior caucus. Additionally, he performs in school musicals and the choir.
“It is really exciting and I am really thankful,” Haithcock said following the announcement. “I can’t thank my friends and family enough for being here throughout everything and for everyone who voted for me. I just can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds and the rest of the year holds.”
Haithcock said her group will be going to the Spaghetti Warehouse before they go “dance the night away.”
“I feel very honored, ya know?” Dublin said. “I wasn’t expecting this so it is really nice. I wish everyone the best of luck today and I hope everyone does well during the game.”
For Dublin, he said with a laugh he plans on getting dressed up and going to the homecoming dance and just waiting for it to end.
Also during the game, Maddy Garrison, who was the 2017 Homecoming Queen, crowned Haithcock and was honored as well for her incredible athleticism during her tenure within the Washington Court House City Schools. Earning 12 total varsity letters, Garrison holds the school record in the 2-mile and 1-mile steeplechase.
Senior Connor Lane was also recognized with the “Best Seat in the House,” sponsored by Kirk’s Furniture and Giovanni’s Pizza. Lane earned this as a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program. His score placed him among the top 50,000 of over 1.6 million students who have entered the 2019 National Merit Program. His score put Lane in the top 3 percent in the nation.
Finally, before the band performances at halftime, the Lady Lion Tennis Team, led by seniors Megan Downing and Jen Richards, posted a 14-1 overall record and a 7-1 Frontier Athletic Conference (FAC), earning them the title as FAC Champions.
See inside sports section for a recap of the Washington Blue Lion game versus Hillsboro.
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