Palmyra High School will celebrate homecoming this Friday with the traditional afternoon parade, followed by the queen crowning during halftime of the football game against Highland.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and go north on Main Street. This year’s grand marshal is Anita Foster.
The Tarkio, Mo. native, was the wife of the late Don Foster, a PHS basketball coaching legend.
Foster still lives in Palmyra and is an avid follower of Palmyra sports.
Five girls are vying to be the 2020 homecoming queen including seniors, Belle Biswell, Caroline Kizer and Grace Krigbaum, junior, Jansen Juette and freshman, Taytum White.
Biswell, the junior daughter of Tim and AJ Biswell and Christy and Chris Power, is the co-captain and a three year member of the Panther Pride Pom Squad.
She is also a two-year member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Future Business Leaders of America.
After high school, Biswell plans on attending a four-year college and pursuing a career in nursing.
Her escort will be Alex Loman, the junior son of Mark and Karen Loman.
He is a member of the baseball and basketball teams and is actively involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Loman is a member of the Palmyra United Methodist Church. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.
Kizer, the senior daughter of Todd and Missy Kizer, has been a four-year member of the varsity softball team and is the president of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
She attends the Crossing Church in Hannibal and plans on pursuing a career in ultrasound technology.
Kizer will be escorted by Bronson Juette, the sophomore son of David and Brenda Juette.
He is a member of the basketball and track teams as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
He is a member of the Palmyra United Methodist Church and an active member of the church youth group.
Krigbaum, the senior daughter of Doug and Lori Krigbaum, attends First Christian Church in Palmyra.
She is a part of the varsity cross country, basketball and track teams and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA and National Honors Society.
Krigbaum plans on getting a degree in animal science in hopes of becoming an animal nutritionist.
Her escort will be Aaron Stamper, the senior son of Tonya Stamper and Dusty Griffith.
He attends Palmyra United Methodist Church.
He is a member of the Palmyra High School varsity basketball team.
After high school he plans on getting his finance degree a in hopes of becoming a financial manager.
Juette, the junior daughter of David and Brenda Juette, is a member of the varsity softball, basketball and track teams.
She is also active in Future Business Leaders of America, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in which she is on the leadership team.
She is a member of the Palmyra United Methodist Church and participates in their youth group.
Her escort will be Tyler Banta, the sophomore son of Derek and Robin Banta.
He is a member of the PHS basketball and baseball teams. He attends Palmyra United Methodist Church and is a member of the youth group.
White, the freshman daughter of Michelle White and the late Jamar White, is a member of the PHS tennis, basketball and track teams.
She is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Taytum is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Palmyra.
Her escort is Bear Bock, the freshman son of Brent and Joni Bock.
He plays basketball and golf. During his free time, he likes to watch sports and hang out with family and friends.
This year’s flower girl is Sarah Pontius, the six-year old daughter of Jared and Gina Pontius.
This school year she is in Melinda Griesbaum’s kindergarten class.
She has an older sister, Leah, and two older brothers, JC and Eli.
Her favorite color is pink and she loves playing with her Barbies.
The crown bearer will be Zeke LaSala, the five-year-old son of Adam and Kerri LaSala.
He is in kindergarten at Palmyra Elementary School. He attends the First Baptist Church of Canton, loves Toy Story, and wants to be a police officer when he grows up.