TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur High School students, staff and community members celebrated Wednesday by crowning the 2022 Homecoming King and Queen Chloe Cale and Zade Woody during their 2022 Homecoming Coronation.
The celebration included songs by the B-UHS Choir and music by the B-UHS Band.
Queen Chloe Cale is the daughter of Amanda Downs and Bill Twigg and is the sister of Daniel Cale. At B-UHS she is a member of the soccer and track teams and she enjoys playing soccer, running track, going to the gym and spending time with her family and friends. She is described as being trustworthy, independent, enthusiastic and reliable.
Chloe served as captain of the B-UHS Soccer team and first-team all-state in track and she is a member of the National Honor Society. Following graduation, she plans to attend West Virginia University to study physical education and kinesiology.
The 2022 B-UHS Homecoming King is Zade Woody and he is the son of Cemantha and Ronnie Woody. He has been a member of the B-UHS track team for four years and has qualified each year for the West Virginia State Track Meet. He plans to travel the world following his graduation and has been described as trustworthy, loyal, thoughtful and unique.
This year, Caroline Carr served as the Queen’s Flower Girl. Caroline is six years old and is the daughter of Rob and Kelly Carr. Caroline has three sisters – Alexis, Ella and Madison Carr. Her favorite food to eat is pizza and she likes playing with her friends. One day, she hopes to be a teacher.
The Queen’s Crown Bearer is Eli Squires. Eli is the son of Adam and Becky Squires and he is the brother of Aidan and Braylea Squires. He is five-years-old and his favorite foods are chicken quesadillas, bacon, gummies and coffee. He likes playing T-ball, swimming, drawing and coloring. When he grows up, he wants to be an artist and draw his own cartoons. He also wants to be a basketball coach and make his team win.
Senior attendants included Alayna Whitehair, Cadence Vincent, Ana Oliveria, Reagan Knabenshue and Graci Ketterman.
Alayna is the daughter of Aimee and Shane Whitehair and is a member of the National Honor Society, YLA and Student Council. She enjoys watercolor painting, reading and hanging out with her friends. She is the senior class president; has been a three-year state swim meet qualifier; first-team all-conference swimmer all years in high school; has won two state titles in the 200 free relay; was state runner-up for two 200-medley relays; and has been on the honor roll all years in high school.
Following graduation, she plans to attend college and study criminology.
Cadence is the daughter of Tracey and Eddie Vincent and has two sisters: Abbie and Riley. Cadence is a member of National Honor Society and Student Council where she serves as student body vice president. She enjoys swimming, working out, drawing and reading. She is a seven-time swimming state champion; a three-time Big 10 Swimmer of the Year; a two-time state swim record holder; has received a USA Today Sports National Award; has been named an All-American Swimmer; is a member of the USA All-American Swim Scholastic Team; and is a member of the honor roll.
Following high school graduation, she plans to attend the University of Alabama to pursue studies in education and further her swimming career.
Ana is the daughter of Navanna Torres and Luiz Oliveria and her siblings include Ivan, Gabriel, Daniel and Sarah Oliveria and Bella Vargas. Ana enjoys playing volleyball at home, reading, organizing and walking. She takes dual-enrollment classes and maintains straight As. Following graduation, Ana plans to become an occupational therapist.
Reagan is the daughter of John and Rebecca Knabenshue and has siblings Kayla and Madison. She is a member of the B-UHS band and Educators Rising. She enjoys hanging out with friends and spending time with her family. Reagan is the majorette captain, a member of the National Honor Society, and she has been on the Honor Roll for all four years in high school.
Following graduation, she plans to continue her education and major in engineering.
Graci is the daughter of Jay and Amanda Ketterman and has siblings Bryer, Maggi, Lylah, Ryder and Tanner. She is a member of her church’s youth group, and she enjoys reading, painting and hanging out with friends. After high school, she plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Senior escorts include Tucker Hatfield, Josh Gregory, Clint Crites, Nathan Cornett and Bryce Cayton.
Tucker is the son of John and Amy Cale. He is a three-year letterman in lacrosse and has been on the Honor Roll all through high school. He is in his second year of welding at the Fred Eberle Technical Center; is a B-UHS Barstool member; and is a member of the South Buckhannon Mission Church Youth Group. Following graduation, Tucker plans to pursue a career in welding or plans to attend college and earn a business degree.
Josh is the son of Matt and Holly Gregory. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is captain of the B-UHS Soccer Team. He is a member of the B-UHS Soccer and eSports teams and following graduation, Josh plans to pursue a career in software engineering.
Clint is the son of Glenn Crites and Sue Tenney and is the stepson of Lenny Crites and Gary Tenney. Clint completed basic training; he is a four-year member of the B-UHS baseball team; and is in the National Guard and National Honor Society.
Nathan is the son of Peter Cornett and Cristi Colborn and the stepson of David Colborn. He is a three-time state qualifier in wrestling and he placed fifth at the states in 2022. Nathan is a Big 10 champion and is a member of the Student Council. He plans to pursue a career in architecture.
Bryce is the son of Jason and Andrea Chidester and he has been on the Honor Roll all through high school. Bryce was recognized as a Knight of the Golden Horseshoe and he is a self-taught musician.
The Junior Court included Kaylee Black, Owen Cutright, Abby Hurst, Malaki Williams, Kaitlyn Tenney and Luke Yardley.
Kaylee is the daughter of Justin and Tiffany Black and has siblings Justin and Chloe Black. She is a member of the B-UHS Lacrosse team and she enjoys playing lacrosse and public speaking. She received an honorable mention in the All-State Lacrosse Team and hosted her own clinic in lacrosse for younger girls. Following graduation, she plans to play lacrosse.
Owen is the son of Alvin Cutright and Teresa Buckner. He founded a bowling team and he participates in cross country, track and FFA. He plans to attend a sister school of West Virginia Wesleyan College and major in business.
Abigail is the daughter of Billy and Tracy Hurst. She is a member of the B-UHS Volleyball and Track and Field teams and she enjoys staying active throughout the year. Abby plans to attend college following graduation and study the field of radiology.
Malaki is the son of Travis Williams and Angie Suder. He is a member of FFA, the Future Leaders Program and plays on the B-UHS Basketball team.
Kaitlyn is the daughter of George and Nicole Tenney and has sisters Destiny and Annabella. Kaitlyn is a twirler. She helps at her church’s Sunday School and on her family farm. She is an Honor Roll member; is a feature twirler; and coaches in All-American Twirlers. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to become a midwife and plans to open her own practice.
Luke is the son of Deric and Teresa Yardley. He is a member of the B-UHS Football and Basketball Teams and following graduation, plans to pursue a career in nursing.
The Sophomore Court includes Mya Critchfield, Jaeger Burch, Allie Frye and Cody Trainer.
Mya is the daughter of Chris and Donna Critchfield and has one sister, Kaitlynn. She is a member of the B-UHS Tennis Team, National Art Honor Society, and Student Council. She enjoys art, playing tennis and cooking. She is the Sophomore Class President; enjoys playing tennis; and likes having her art on display in local galleries. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in welding.
Jaeger is the son of Justin and Ashley Burch, and he plans to join the military in the Special Forces of the U. S. Marines.
Allie is the daughter of Chad and Jennifer Frye and has siblings Caroline, Madelyn, Jacob, Kristine, Will and Andrew. She is a member of the varsity cheer squad and the B-UHS Band, in which she is a member of the drum line and the majorettes. She is a director of Educators Rising and is a member of the B-UHS Golf Team. She enjoys swimming, dancing, photography and spending time with friends and family. She is an Honor Roll student; completed CPR/First Aid training; is a lifeguard; likes driving; serves as an altar server; and is a member of the Band Council.
Following graduation, Allie wants to pursue a career in dental hygiene or some other medical field.
Cody is the son of Fred and Leslie Trainer. He is enrolled in honors classes and was elected to Student Council. He is involved with the B-UHS newspaper and plays tennis. Cody plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
The Freshman Homecoming Court includes Reese Curry, Easton Rice, Lila Wright and Dawson Tenney.
Reese is the daughter of J.D. and Robyn Curry and is a sister to Josh Curry. She is a member of the B-UHS Soccer Team, Softball Team and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She likes reading and painting, and she plans to attend college to study nursing.
Easton is the son of Eric and Jessica Rice. He was nominated for academic recognition as a delegate representing West Virginia at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders, which will be held in June 2023.
Lila is the daughter of Rodney and Daya Wright and has a brother Liam. She is a Lady of the Golden Horseshoe; placed first in the state in the Social Studies Fair twice; is a member of the jazz band; and is a member of the Student Council. She enjoys playing many musical instruments and being in the drum line.
Dawson is the son of Alan and Lisa Tenney and has a sister, Iris. Dawson is Freshman Class President, and he was a representative at the 2022 Leadership Summit. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and participates in football, basketball and baseball.
B-UHS Principal Randall West encouraged everyone to come out and celebrate on Friday as the B-UHS Football team takes on the Red Devils from Oak Hill.
Also, during Wednesday’s Coronation, Hank Phillips, B-UHS Student Body President, made a special presentation to Michael Wilson, the former Student Council Advisor.
“We would like to honor a very special guest,” Phillips said. “After his retirement last year, he completed eight years as the B-UHS Student Council Advisor and 22 years as the Lincoln County High School Student Council Advisor, 15 years as the West Virginia Student Council Executive Board as the High School Director and finishing his last term this year as State Executive Director. He has also been honored in other areas for his dedication to students – both in and out of student council – as a four-time high school advisor of the year – two of which being at B-UHS.
Phillips said he witnessed Wilson’s passion and dedication to professionalism and to the schools.
“As a student, I have witnessed the kindness and integrity he shows all of the students through his loving and commendable attitude,” Phillips said as he presented Wilson with a certificate of appreciation.
Wilson thanked everyone and reminded those gathered to “always strive for the best in everything you do.”
“The goals you set reflect you,” Wilson said. “It is important you understand the importance that your life is. You never know the impact you can make on another person’s life. Always remember to give your best because that is important to you also.”