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July 27, 2017

Luther’s Basketball Homecoming Court


photos and story by Jacob Factor

When Rachel Womack was crowned Homecoming Queen at Luther High School’s basketball game Friday night, the home crowd sang “Let It Go,” the popular anthem from the Disney movie Frozen. The fans for the opposing team sang too. And there were a few tears amid the heartwarming moment.

“It was so cute, it made me cry!,” said 2016 LHS graduate Abbie Slawson who returned to the gym for the big event and game.

The 21-year-old senior who loves all things Frozen, even wore her “Elsa” gown for the crowning ceremony Friday night before the varsity basketball game. Her escort was Tyler Leftwich.

Rachel is the daughter of Brad and Michelle Womack. In addition to Frozen, she loves movies and singing. She has been a Luther student for four years. After graduation, Rachel is considering further education at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center and job opportunities at Wings, a special needs community in Edmond.

Leftwich, 18, is the son of Mason and Thaja Leftwich. Known for his work as a Lion on the football field as well as the basketball court, Tyler shows his sense of humor when he wrote on his homecoming court biography that he wanted to be a professional shower singer or dog-grooming athlete. On a serious note that shows Tyler’s hard work, word is he will be signing a letter of intent to play college football this week. And he is looking at pursuing a degree in psychology.

The rest of the senior court includes the gracious and lovely Lilyana Gonzalez, Bethany Gryder and Kacy Price. Their escorts were Jacob Broudy, Jesse Cole and Dawson Pappe.

Lyliana, 17, is the daughter of Jose Gonzalez and Maria Gonzalez. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America. A travel and cuisine enthusiast, she is off to Oklahoma State University for college and wants to pursue a career in psychiatry.

Jacob, 17, is the son of Steve and Veronica Broudy. Also a funny guy, Jacob said he enjoys occasional book reading, getting buckets and playing Super Smash Bros professionally! On the serious side, Jacob has been a leader in athletics on the football field, basketball court and in track. He also participates in yearbook, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and NHS. He is headed to University of Central Oklahoma after graduation to pursue a business degree.

Kacy, 17, is the daughter of Terry and Michelle Price. An integral part of the Lady Lions basketball team, Kacy also plays golf. She is the current president of the LHS National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and pursue a degree in education.

Dawson, 17, is the son of Bart Pappe and Crystal Green. In addition to playing basketball, Dawson enjoys hanging with his brothers. After high school, he plans to be the best fireman there ever was (and to chill with his pet cockatoo).

Bethany, 18, is the daughter of Ginger Gryder and Jordy Gryder. She enjoys her family and friends, and working at POPS. She is a cheerleader and plays softball and is on the yearbook staff. She plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma and pursue a degree in education.

Jesse, 17, is the son of Keith and Rhonda Cole. A hunter and fisher, he is known for his skeet shooting skill. In additional to playing basketball, Jesse also plays baseball, and played football for one year. He wants to attend Oklahoma State University and pursue a degree in wildlife biology.

Leading the homecoming procession was flower girl, Molly Gabriella Roach, 3, the daughter of Tianna Roach and Jaime Sanchez, and crown bearer Jaxson Line, 3, the son of Eric and Robyn Line.

As for the game, only the Varsity boys played against Harding Charter Prep. Final score was Lions 79, Eagles 54. The Lions held a 20-point lead for most of the game.

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