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Five candidates are vying for the 2023 PHS homecoming queen crown this Friday.
The five are seniors, Lauren Highfill and Lauren Sheputis, juniors, Sydney Compton and Rylan Plank, and sophomore, Janie Triplett.
The queen will be crowned during half time of the homecoming football game against Monroe City.
The five will also ride in the parade through downtown starting a 2 p.m.
The grand marshal this year is Gary Stowe, a local veteran who is active in the community.
After graduating from high school in Marshalltown, Iowa, he attended Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) NMSU from 1968-1971 where he graduated to become an analytical chemist.
He worked at American Cyanamid (now the BASF Hannibal plant) and retired in 1999 after 26-and-a half years of service. He has been married for 33 years and has lived in Palmyra for more than 50 years.
Stowe has a stepson and a grandchild.
He enjoys golfing, woodworking, volunteering and being a 50 year member of the American Legion.
When asked what Stowe loves about Palmyra, he said “the small town atmosphere where you know who your neighbors, as well as the whole town, are. The great family atmosphere. We have an outstanding school system.”
Highfill, the daughter of Laura Maple and Randy Highfill, has been a member of the PHS Pom squad all four years of high school.
She has been an active part of Key Club and FCA, and has been a two-year FBLA officer.
She attends the Calvary Baptist Church in Hannibal.
In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family and being the outdoors.
Her escort, Landen Gottman, the senior son of Misty and Steve Gottman, is a four-year member of the basketball team.
He is currently involved in the CEO program based out of Hannibal.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time on the river and being with friends and family.
Sheputis, the senior daughter of Caren and Ken Sheputis, has been a four-year member of the track team.
She is active in FCA and the Key Club.
She attends The Crossing Church in Hannibal.
In her free time, she enjoys playing pickleball with her friends.
Her escort, Bear Bock, the senior son of Joni and Brent Bock, is a four-year member of the PHS basketball team.
He attends the Crossing Church in Hannibal.
In his free time, he likes to camp on the Mississippi river and play golf.
Compton, the junior daughter of Tim and Abby Compton, has been a basketball and track member for three years and is a member of Student Council, FCA and the Phenom AAU organization.
She attends the First Christian Church in Palmyra and enjoys spending time with her family.
Her escort, Ryan Mckinney, the sophomore son of Brian and Carrie McKinney, attends the First Christian Church in Palmyra.
He has been a part of the PHS basketball team for two years and is a member of the COH elite basketball organization.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Plank, the junior daughter of Melissa and Danny Plank, has been a three-year member of the FCA leadership team, FBLA, Student Council and Key Club.
This is her first year as a part of the PHS tennis team.
She attends The Crossing in Hannibal where she teaches a second-grade class and leads a small group.
In her free time she enjoys reading and playing pickleball.
Her escort, Carson Hicks, the senior son of Melanie and Beau Hicks, has been a part of the PHS basketball team for four years along with track and field.
He attends the First Baptist Church of Palmyra.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and working out.
Triplett, the sophomore daughter of Kim and the late Keith Triplett, is a two-year member of the varsity cheer and wrestling teams and is also a part of the track and field team.
She is an active member of Palmyra FFA and the Fabius 4-H Club.
She is currently a member of Mount Olivet Free Methodist Church.
In her free time, she enjoys showing her cattle.
Her escort, Hudson Bock,. the son of Joni and Brent Bock, is a member of the PHS basketball team.
He is also an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church.
He enjoys playing golf and spending time with friends and family.
This year’s crown bearer is Zayn Robert Hultz, the son of Alex and Evan Hultz.
He has two brothers, Dreighton and Zander, and a sister, Delanie.
Hultz is six years old and in Jennifer Burwinkle’s kindergarten class.
He attends church at Cornerstone Church of Marion in Palmyra.
His favorite food is chicken patties, and he loves to play with his cars and monster trucks.
He wants to be a police officer when he grows up.
This year’s flower girl, Hattie Jean Armontrout, is the daughter of Dalton and Bethany Armontrout.
She has two sisters, Hayes and Harlow, and she is in first grade at Palmyra Elementary School.
She would love to be a preschool teacher when she grows up and loves to read to her little sister and teach them new things.
She attends the Presbyterian Church of Palmyra and also attends gymnastics at Gem City Gymnastics.
She loves gymnastics, and plans to be a cheerleader and play basketball when she is in high school.