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Five PHS girls are vying for the honor of being the 2021 PHS Homecoming queen with one of them being crowned at halftime ceremonies during Friday’s football game against Clark County.
The five are seniors, McKenna Abbott, Emma Bainter and Jansen Juette, junior, Abbey Redd, and sophomore, Alaina Loman.
Abbott, the daughter of Kris and John Abbott, was a two-year member of the tennis team and is now a two-year member of the pom team for which she serves as a captain.
She attends First Christian Church in Palmyra and is involved in the Palmyra United Methodist Church youth group.
Abbot is a part of Key Club and FCA, and is a member of the National Honors Society.
After high school she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in nursing to become a neonatal nurse.
Abbott’s escort is Jimmy Scott, the senior son of Kevin and Mary Scott.
He is a member of the First Christian Church of Palmyra and a four-year member of FCA and is also involved in Palmyra United Methodist Church youth group.
Scott is a four-year member of the basketball and golf teams and also the leader of the student section.
His post-graduation plans are to go to college to become a nurse practitioner.
Bainter, the senior daughter of Sara Tweedy and Dale Bainter, is a four-year member and co-captain of the Panther Pride Pom Squad and is also a four-year member of FCCLA for which she has served as an officer for the past three years.
She has participated in studio dance at Heinze Dance Academy since the age of three and has been selected as a member of their dance troupe for the past six years.
Bainter enjoys spending time with family and plans to study computer software engineering upon graduation.
Her escort is Mason Roberts, the senior son of Billy Roberts and Stacy Neff.
He is a member of the PHS varsity basketball team.
In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights and spending time with friends and family.
Juette, the senior daughter of David and Brenda Juette, has been a two-year member of the varsity softball team as well as a four-year member of both the basketball and track teams.
She is on the leadership team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the treasurer for Future Business Leaders of America, and a member of FCCLA.
Juette is also a member of the National Honor Society.
She attends the Palmyra United Methodist Church and is an active member of their youth group.
Her post-graduation plans are to pursue a career in the medical field, but is undecided of her major at this time.
Juette’s escort is her younger brother, Bronson., who is on the leadership committee for FCA, a member of the National Honor Society and the basketball and track teams.
He is a member of Palmyra United Methodist Church and is active in their youth group.
Loman, the sophomore daughter of Mark and Karen Loman, is an active member of the Palmyra United Methodist Church and attends their youth group.
She is a member of FCCLA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she participates in softball, basketball and track at PHS.
Her escort is her brother, Alex, a senior, who is an active member of the Palmyra United Methodist Church and youth group.
He is a member of the baseball and basketball teams and enjoys hunting and fishing.
Redd, the junior daughter of Darin and Kindsey Redd, is a member of the varsity softball, basketball and track teams.
She is also an active member in FCCLA, Key Club and National Honor Society.
She attends Mount Olivet United Methodist Church and the Palmyra United Methodist Church youth group.
Her escort is Tyler Banta, the junior son of Robin and the late Derek Banta.
He plays varsity basketball and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Palmyra United Methodist Church where he is active in the youth group.
Crowning the queen this year are the parade grand marshals, Mark and Patty Cheffey.
The couple purchased the Palmyra Spectator in 1994 and have covered Palmyra area news and sports to this day, currently working for Missouri’s oldest weekly newspaper after selling it to NEMOnews Media in 2018.
Mark and Patty have two grown children, Kalli and Ben, both of whom went through the Palmyra R-I School District, graduating in 2011 and 2016 respectively.
Mark, a native of Kansas City, Mo., and Patty, a native of Sabetha, Kans., have been involved in community newspapers almost their entire careers.
Over the years, the Cheffeys have been involved in local organizations and boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Palmyra Area Community Betterment, Kiwanis, BLP, King’s Daughters, the Palmyra Industrial Development Authority, Palmyra Senior Rural Housing Board and Palmyra Senior Nutrition Center Board.
This year’s flower girl is Leah Louise Gard, the five-year-old daughter of Will and Nichole Gard.
This school year she is in Monica Bross’ kindergarten class.
She has an older brother, Oliver.
She enjoys dancing, drawing and playing with her cat, Gus. She attends the First Presbyterian Church in Palmyra.
The crown bearer is Jack Thrower, the six-year old son of Joe and Julie Thrower.
He is in Melinda Griesbaum’s kindergarten class at Palmyra Elementary School.
He attends Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo.
For fun Thrower loves to ride four wheelers, play ball and pester his sisters, Kylene and Macey.