The 2012 Buckhannon-Upshur High School Homecoming Court — Front row, from left: Mallory Moss and Austin Shaffer. Middle: Owen Howes, senior escort; John Martin Elliott, junior escort; Robert Snyder, junior escort; David Crim, sophomore escort; Shiana Sanders, senior attendant; Shadie Suder, sophomore attendant; Atalyla Wilson, sophomore attendant; Taylor Starkey, freshman attendant; Riley Queen, freshman attendant. Back: Marcus Lofton, freshman escort; Matthew McCoy, freshman escort; Branden Newcome, sophomore escort; Nick Williams, senior escort; Dalton Westfall, homecoming king; Emily Godwin, homecoming queen; Chantelle Leggett, junior attendant; Shania Heathcoe, junior attendant; Megan Williams, senior attendant.
TENNERTON — “Life’s a garden, dig it.”— Joe Dirt.
That’s how Dalton Westfall started out his acceptance speech for homecoming king on Thursday morning at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. He said he wasn’t quoting Joe Dirt to impart any advice to his fellow classmates; he just liked the quote.
But still, the homecoming coronation did leave students, faculty, parents and community members with a reminder to enjoy the present.
Emily Godwin was crowned homecoming queen at the coronation.
In her acceptance speech, she spoke of watching her sister be crowned homecoming queen at the coronation just a few years ago.
“This is the time in your life when you can try new things and make friends for a lifetime,” she said. “Once it’s over, it’s over.”
Westfall told several stories about pranks his friends had pulled through their high school years.
Both Westfall and Godwin expressed thanks to the student body, family members, faculty and coaches.
Megan Williams was a senior attendant at the coronation, accompanied by senior escort Nick Williams.
Shiana Sanders, senior attendant, was accompanied by Owen Howes, senior escort.
Chantelle Leggett was a junior attendant. She was accompanied by Robert Snyder, junior escort.
Shania Heathcoe, junior attendant, was accompanied by John Martin Elliott, junior escort.
Atalyla Wilson was a sophomore attendant. She was accompanied by Branden Newcome, sophomore escort.
Shadie Suder, sophomore attendant, was accompanied by David Crim, sophomore escort.
Riley Queen was a freshman attendant. She was accompanied by Marcus Lofton, freshman escort.
Taylor Starkey, freshman attendant, was accompanied by Matthew McCoy, freshman escort.
Mallory Moss served as the queen’s flower girl. Austin Shaffer, the queen’s crown bearer, escorted her.
Senior cheerleaders Chantel Bowser, Kelsey Claypool, Alison Rickman and Karista Summers were also recognized.
The emcees were Sarah Gillespie and Ashley Barlow.
High school principal Bob Wilmoth gave the concluding remarks.
He said when he first came to B-UHS, the lavish homecoming ceremony shocked him.
According to Wilmoth, he had said, “You gotta be kidding me.”
Now he says coronation reminds him how good the students at B-UHS are.
“You all don’t know how unique this is to B-UHS,” he said. “You are fantastic.”
He told students to enjoy high school and make the most out of it.
“It will all be over very, very quickly,” he said. “Don’t let it pass you by.”