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2019 Cherryville High School Homecoming Court five honored to represent their class

The members of the CHS 2019 Homecoming Court take a minute to pose in front of one of the two Ironmen statues that grace the main hall at the school. They are, left to right: Gracie Jackson, Sanai Lipscomb, Avery Walker, Gracie Rickard, and Sophia Pfeifer. (photo by MEP/The Eagle)



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For the five young ladies who will be representing the CHS senior class on the 2019 CHS Homecoming court, one word, or a variation of that word, sums up their primary feeling at being chosen – honored, truly honored, or very honored.

To a person, they all used that word to describe their feelings at being on the CHS Homecoming Court. One of the young ladies will then be chosen Queen at the CHS Ironmen/Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy home football game on Friday, Sept. 27, at half-time, at Rudisill Stadium.

Cherryville High senior Sanai Lipscomb is the daughter of Natonya Houser and Marik Lipscomb. She wrote of her being chosen to be on the 2019 Homecoming Court, “I feel very honored for being selected for the 2019 CHS Homecoming Court. I am so grateful that my peers allowed me to represent them in this Cherryville High tradition.

“I look forward to sharing this memory with the rest of these beautiful young girls. Go Ironmen!”

Lipscomb is active in CHS Track and Field and is a member of The Interact Club, The Metal Heads, 

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is owner of the nonprofit charitable organization, “My Hands, His Glory!”.

Sanai plans to attend N.C. A & T University to major in Occupational Therapy and minor in Business.

For Sophia Harper Pfeifer, daughter of Gilbert and Rose Pfeifer, she wrote, “I am very honored to have been chosen to be one of the five girls for the CHS Homecoming Court! I have been to every Homecoming parade in Cherryville since I was very little and I loved to see the girls dressed up and I am thrilled to get to experience it!

“This is one of the many memories I will always remember from high school. I can’t wait to see everyone dressed up. I know everyone will look beautiful on Homecoming!”

Pfeifer is active in the CHS sports of Cross Country and Varsity Soccer, and noted she is also active in the following clubs or organizations.

“I am a part of the Metal Heads, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and The National Honors Society,” she said.

Her possible college plans, or choices are that she plans on going to Gaston College for two years and transferring to N.C. State to possibly major in Animal Science.

Fellow senior and Homecoming Court member, Avery Walker, is the daughter of Reggie and Angela Walker. She wrote of being chosen for the HC, “Well, if I’m being honest, I actually would never have thought I would be chosen for one of these five spots. When I was told I was chosen, I couldn’t believe it!

“It’s incredible to get to go through this experience with these beautiful girls. Most of us have been together for 13 years now, and it’s awesome that we get to spend our final year of high school on the Homecoming Court together.

“It’s crazy that this will be my last CHS Homecoming, but I’m honored to be spending it on the court.”

Walker plays Lady Ironmen basketball and soccer and is active in the following clubs or organizations: Metal Heads (President), Senior Class President, Interact Club, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Bible Club.

Possible college plans for her are that she will, as she said, “Hopefully attend the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill” to major in nursing.

Gracie Jackson is the daughter of Jennifer Philbeck and Jay Jackson, and of her being chosen to be on the Homecoming Court, noted, “I am truly honored and thankful that my classmates chose me as their top five for the CHS Homecoming Court. I am so excited to be a part of this small-town tradition! Go Ironmen!

Jackson is a CHS cheerleader, a member of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Interact Club.

She plans to attend Western Carolina University and cheer there and major in Elementary Education.

The daughter of Paul and Kim Rickard, Gracie Rickard wrote of her being chosen, “It would be an honor to represent my class and school by being the 2019 CHS Homecoming Queen. It is special to me to be a part of such a big tradition that I have grown up watching through the years, and I think every beautiful girl standing beside me on this court is deserving to have this honor as well.”

Rickard plays varsity tennis and is on the CHS Track and Field team. She is also active in the Metal Heads, The Interact Club, The National Honors Society, The Journalism Club, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government, and is the Senior Class Historian.

Her college plans are to attend CPCC, Appalachian State University, or N.C. State, with a possible major in dental hygiene to become a dental hygienist or to get into the medical field.

One of these young ladies will become the 2019 CHS Homecoming Queen on Friday, Sept. 27, and will be crowned in a ceremony at Rudisill Stadium at half-time of the CHS/TJCA game, which starts at 7:30 p.m.