By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

2023 H-M-S Homecoming Court

Homecoming festivities run Sept. 18-22

 

September 14, 2023

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Members of the 2023 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Homecoming court pictured front row, from left to right: Aidan Espeland, Alexa Reed-Clancy, Jocelyn Abonce and Jr. Arazia. Back row: George Vargas, Abby Otto, Adam Schierholz, Kinsey Schirmer, Ethan Wiersma and Emma Vollink.

Homecoming festivities at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn kick off next Monday and run through Friday, when the Hawks take on Kingsley-Pierson at Peterson Field at 7 p.m. Coronation is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the H-M-S Event Center at 7 p.m.

The pep rally is set to begin Friday, Sept. 22 at 12:45 p.m., with the parade to follow at 2:15 p.m. in downtown Hartley. The community is invited to participate.

Ten seniors are vying for the king and queen crowns next week.

QUEEN CANDIDATES

Jocelyn Abonce, of Sanborn, is the daughter of Gerardo and Maria Abonce. She is involved in track, cross country FCCLA and flags.

Abonce's favorite thing about school is her kind classmates and teachers. Her best memory is when coach Taylor got pulled over on the way back from the ISU track meet.

She plans to attend USD for nursing school after graduation.

Abigail Otto, of May City, is the daughter of Jason and Sara Otto. She is involved in volleyball, track, softball, FFA and National Honor Society.

Otto's favorite things about school is making memories with her friends and playing sports. Her best memory is going on the FFA officer retreat.

She plans to attend college next year and study for a degree in Agriculture Education.

Alexa Reed-Clancy, of Melvin, is the daughter of Jesse and Eric Clancy and the late Ryan Reed. She is involved in tumbling, jazz choir, football cheerleading and basketball cheerleading.

Reed-Clancy's favorite thing about school is taking pretty notes and reading books. Her best memory is when Mrs. Kleinhesselink's TV fell off the tracks in child development her sophomore year.

She plans to attend college and major in English Education.

Kinsey Schirmer, of Sanborn, is the daughter of Scott and Rachel Schirmer. She is involved in volleyball, golf, softball, Dance Attack, basketball cheerleading, youth group, Girls League, student council and National Honor Society.

Schirmer's favorite thing about school is getting to see her friends. Her best memory is when the windshield wiper flew off the school's vehicle when it was down pouring on the way back from softball camp.

She plans to attend USD to study pre-med with the intention of becoming an OB/GYN.

Emma Vollink, of Hartley, is the daughter of Scott and Becky Vollink. She is involved in basketball cheerleading, football cheerleading, dance, tumbling, youth group, Girls League, student council and National Honor Society.

Vollink's favorite thing about high school is building connections with

friends and teachers. Her best memory is the countless hours spent in the cheer van – there's never a dull moment.

She plans to attend college and pursue a career in the medical field.

KING CANDIDATES

Jr. Araiza, of Hartley, is the son of Anna Araiza and Noe Araiza. He is involved in football and track.

Araiza's favorite thing about school is seeing his friends. His best memory is football season.

His future plans are undecided.

Aidan Espeland, of Hartley, is the son of Zak and Janelle Schnack. He is involved in football, wrestling, basketball and track.

Espeland's favorite thing about school is reading "The Great Gasby" in American Literature. His best memory is getting crazy with his homies and CJ.

He plans to play college football after high school.

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Homecoming attendants this year at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School include, from left to right: Kolby Douma and Camryn Wilson, freshmen; Isaac Schierholz and Eva Stammer, sophomores; and Slayton McCarter and Abby Douma, juniors.

Adam Schierholz, of Hartley, is the son of Andrew and Erica Schierholz. He is involved in football, track, National Honor Society and student council.

Schierholz's favorite thing about school is the staff. His best memory is making presentations with George.

His future plans are undecided.

George Vargas, of Melvin, is the son of Jose and Angelica Vargas. He is involved in cross country, basketball, track, student council and National Honor Society.

Vargas' favorite thing about school is the teachers. His best memory is making presentations with Adam.

He plans to attend a four-year college after high school and then law school.

Ethan Wiersma, of Hartley is the son of Amanda Sheeler. He is involved in football, wrestling and track.

Wiersma's favorite thing about school is extracurricular activities. His favorite memory is getting buzzcuts to support a friend.

He plans to play sports after high school.

 
 

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