Eight vie for Jefferson County Homecoming Queen Friday, Sept. 23


Friday, September 23, during halftime of the school football game, eight Jefferson County High School seniors will compete for the title of JCHS Homecoming Queen.

The candidates are as follows.

Mary Wilhelmina Hodges is the daughter of Matthew and Tammy Hodges of Louisville. During high school, she was involved with One Act Play, FFA, Skills USA, Principal’s Council, and BETA Club. She has represented JCHS in impromptu speeches at both the regional and state levels. During her high school years, she was both an on- and off-air contributor for Warrior TV. She is currently a member of Jefferson County Youth Leadership and a member of the Georgia School Board’s Student Advisory Council. Hodges has been a competitive dancer with Stephanie’s Dance Explosion for 12 years. After high school, she plans to attend the University of Alabama and study news media.

Markayla Watts is the daughter of Mark and Valarie Watts. During her time at JCHS she has participated in BETA Club, Skills USA, Key Club, 4-H and DECA. She has been part of many extracurricular activities such as soccer, cheer, and track and field. She is currently in dual studies and in the Youth Leadership Program. She is also a member of the student council. She plans to study chemistry at the University of Georgia and wants to become a veterinarian so that she can one day own her own clinic.

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Jeyly Ambrosio-Ruiz is the daughter of Higinio Ambrosio and Socorro Ruiz. She plays clarinet in the JCHS Band, is FFA President and Key Club Secretary. She is actively involved in the Spanish Club and the BETA Club. She is also part of the youth leader program. After high school, she plans to attend Augusta University to become a pediatric oncology nurse to help children who have been diagnosed with cancer. As a cancer survivor, she wants to inspire others and help them overcome the difficulties and challenges of fighting cancer.

C’Khia Beasley is the daughter of Calvin Beasley and Latoria Vaughner of Wrens. She was the class representative for the 9th, 10th and 11th grade. She was also class representative. She is a member of Youth Leadership, BETA Club, Skills USA, FCCLA, an FGE member, and the Octagon Club. She is also involved in many sports such as basketball, cross country skiing, track and field, soccer and flag football. After high school, she plans to go to college on a basketball scholarship while pursuing a dual degree in business and fashion design.

Paris Russell is the daughter of JJ Russell and Crista Hochell von Wrens. Paris has been involved in many sports including cross country and flag football. She was named first team in the entire region and first team in the entire region for softball. After high school, she plans to attend a four-year school while continuing her softball career. She intends to study biology to become a coroner.

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Amya Morgan is the daughter of Christopher Morgan and Shenequa Harden. She was a member of various clubs including BETA Club, Drama, Key Club, DECA. She is also a member of the student council. Morgan was also part of the football team and ran at the track. After high school, she plans to attend Clark Atlanta University. She intends to study biology to become a traveling surgical technician. She also wants to continue her modeling career and one day open her own modeling agency.

Alandria Emtu is the daughter of Anthony and Ivette Emtu. She has competed in volleyball and cheerleading. She is an active member of the Key Club as well as the student council. After high school, she plans to attend Clayton State and major in business and entrepreneurship.

Kyla Jones is the daughter of Cornilous Jones and Simonica Mitchell. She has been part of many school activities such as BETA, a SkillsUSA Officer, Octagon Club, 4-H and Key Club. She was also part of Warrior TV and a Reach grantee. She served on the prom committee, was a National Society High School scholarship recipient, and served on the student council. After high school, she plans to attend Kennesaw State University, where she wants to major in business administration and marketing management with a minor in biology. Her goal is to become an accountant and real estate agent.

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Representative of the junior class is Ta’Niya Gibbons. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Tamellia Gibbons Sr. She is a member of the BETA Club, Key Club, FCCLA and FGE. She is also a member of the Octagon Club, Drama, DECA, and Skills USA. After high school, she plans to attend college to become a dental hygienist.

The second class representative is Cannati Howard. She is the daughter of Robert Lewis and Tynessa Howard. She is actively involved with Key Club, FCCLA, FGE and BETA Club. After graduating from high school, she wants to join the military reserve. She also wants a degree in teaching K-5. make class.

The freshman class representative is Turkayla Battle. She is the daughter of Torrie Battle and Phylicia Butts. She is an active member of the BETA Club and the Key Club. After high school, she wants to go to Georgia Southern University to study early childhood education.



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