Elizabethton puts a wrap on Homecoming 2023 with parade, crowning of queen

Published 2:28 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023


One of the most exciting events that is part of a high school homecoming tradition is the parade and the crowning of the queen and her court during halftime of the game played that Friday night.

Students and staff of Elizabethton High School completed their football homecoming on Friday as the Cyclones played host to the Northview Academy Cougars from Sevierville.

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Prior to the game, the queen nominees rode on the back seat of convertibles led by the ‘Betsy Band and followed by several floats that were full of junior league football players and cheerleaders. Stormie and Tuffy also took part.

At halftime, the nominees for queen and their escorts took to the field for the grand finale as one of the beautiful young ladies would be crowned as the EHS Homecoming Queen for 2023.

Those nominees included:

  • Mallory Paige, daughter of Michael and Marlena Grindstaff, escorted by Max Garner, son of Ephraim and Heather Garner.
  • Rebekah Lynn Hardin, daughter of Jeff and Sherri Hardin, escorted by Blake Bowman, son of Travis and Jehan Bowman.
  • Zada Elizabeth Hardin, daughter of Ryan and Sara Hardin, escorted by Cooper Chinault, son of Randy and Billie Chinault.
  • Madison Ann Holly, daughter of Jason and LeAnn Holly, escorted by Hayden Pickens, son of Laura Tipton and Robert Pickens.
  • Bailee Faith VanHuss, daughter of Richard and Crystal VanHuss, escorted by Roman Shelby, son of Aaron and Kristy Shelby.

Zada Hardin was named the Queen and was crowned by the 2022 Homecoming Queen, Olivia Holly. The Cyclones won the contest 42-7 to make the 2023 Homecoming Week a huge success.