McKenzie High School’s Homecoming Royalty was presented during pre-game ceremonies on Friday, September 2 at Randy Thomas Field. Briley Auvenshine is the 2022 Homecoming Queen.
Every year Homecoming is a very special event and this year is no exception. Students have been celebrating by decorating hallways, participating in dress-up days each day, and finished the week with a day of outdoor games and activities, shaved ice treats from Rollin Snow, a homecoming parade, and a system-wide pep rally along with the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and the game. Retired McKenzie coach and administrator Randy Thomas was selected as the parade grand marshal.
Members of the royalty were selected by nominations from each homeroom. The M-Club then selected five beautiful young ladies as finalists. The football team and cheerleaders have chosen the queen from the five ladies.
The first candidate was senior Briley Auvenshine. Briley is the 17-year old daughter of Brent and Brandy Auvenshine. She is a member of the Beta Club. A 4-year member of the Lady Rebel Basketball team where she has been named All-District, All-Region, and the State Tournament team in basketball, and was part of the 2022 State Championship team. She is also a 4-year member of Lady Rebel Softball where she was named as District MVP. Briley plans to attend college to become an oral surgeon. Escorting Briley was senior Zach Aird, the son of Matt and Misty Aird and senior Daniel Latimer, the son of Chuck Latimer and Jan Latimer.
Senior Katie Chesser is the second candidate. Katie is the 17-year old daughter of Jason and Samantha Chesser. She is a member of the Beta Club and M Club. A 4-year member of Lady Rebel Softball, a 2-year member of Lady Rebel Soccer where she received the Goalie of the Year award, and a 4-year member of Lady Rebel Basketball where she set the school record for charges taken and was part of the 2022 State Championship team. Katie plans to attend a 4-year university to play softball and become a sports psychologist. Escorting Katie was senior Jackson Cassidy, the son of George and Angela Cassidy and senior Ty Anderson, the son of Joey and Autumn Anderson.
The third candidate is senior Lauren Laser. Lauren is the 17-year old daughter of Justin and Lori Stambaugh and Marco and Jayme Laser. She is a member of the Beta Club, FBLA, McKenzie Maniacs, Science Club, Yearbook Staff, and First Cumberland Presbyterian Youth Group. Lauren plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Escorting Lauren is senior David Cheney, the son of David Cheney and Rose Vick and Elijah Edmonson, son of Rachel Austin.
The fourth candidate is senior Kylie Reynolds. Kylie is the 17-year old daughter of Stephanie McClerkin. She is a member of the Beta Club, FCA, Science Club, Leo Club, Young Life, and McKenzie Maniacs. She is a 4-year member of the Lady Rebel Basketball team and was named All-District and was part of the 2022 State Championship team. Kylie plans to attend a 4-year university to major in chemistry and play basketball. Escorting Kylie is senior Marquez Taylor, son of Sabrina Taylor and Marcus Glenn and Spiros and Sandi Roditis and senior Etijay Tharpe, son of Jennifer Cody.
The last candidate is senior Lilly Sumrok. Lilly is the 17-year old daughter of Andy and Natalie Sumrok. She is a member of the Beta Club, M Club, FCA, FTA, Spanish Club, Teen Health, a senior leader for the Maniacs, NSHSS member, and First Cumberland Presbyterian Youth Group. She is president of the Senior Class. Lilly plans to attend a 4-year university to pursue a degree in Pediatric Speech Pathology or Secondary Education. Escorting Lilly was senior Hunter Harvey, the son of Donnie Harvey and Mary Holliman and senior Zay Webber, the son of Tommy Horton and Lameka Webber.
The crowning of the queen was presented by Senior football players Camden Allison, son of Jason and Wendy Allison; Matthew Garriott, son of Brian Garriott and Jamie Barker; Jakob Grgic, son of Chris and Missy Blount; Jose Jamie Luna, son of Lisa Jaime Luna and David Luna; Rashad McCreary, son of JC and Tanisha McCreary; and senior cheerleader and team captain Alajah Gilbert, daughter of LaShonda Williams.
Briley Auvenshine was chosen as the 2022 Football Homecoming Queen.