Seven seniors are vying for the crown of Cleburne High School Homecoming Queen, which will be announced during tonight’s homecoming game halftime festivities.
Cleburne’s nominees include Morgan Brinkley, Alexis Chumley, Valerie Garcia, Haley Jones, Arlene Juarez, Nichole Lares and Bailey Manuel.
The candidates were among the participants in Thursday’s homecoming parade and were presented at the community pep rally after. They will be honored on the field during halftime during which 2018 Queen Jessica Gudino will crown her predecessor.
Brinkley is captain of the girls varsity cross country team and also competes in track. She is a member of Exchangettes, National Honor Society, Beta Club, National Spanish Honor Society and student council. She has received the Summa Cum Laude recognition for academic achievement in Beta Club and is also an Academic Excellence Award honoree.
She plans to attend Texas A&M University following graduation, with plans to study animal science.
Chumley is a student council officer and is also a member of National Honor Society, DECA, HOSA-Future Health Professionals, Beta Club and Exchangettes. She is ranked in the top 10 percent of her graduating class. She hopes to attend Texas Tech University to major in nursing.
Garcia is Golden Pride Colorguard captain and is a four-year member of the band. Her school involvement also includes Beta Club and Spanish National Honor Society. She plans to attend Hill College before entering the nursing program at The University of Texas at Arlington to prepare for a career as a registered nurse.
Jones has achieved All-District and All-County honors in basketball and also competes in varsity track. She is a member of student council and the new dental hygienist program at CHS. She would like to compete in track at the college level while studying to become a licensed dental hygienist.
Juarez serves as manager of the CHS softball team and is a member of DECA, student council and the National Spanish Honor Society. She plans to attend St. Thomas University following graduation.
Lares is an All-District honoree in soccer and also competes in cross country and track. She is a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Exchangettes, student council and Interact Club. She is ranked in the top 10 percent of her graduating class and is an Academic Excellence Award recipient.
She is working on an associate’s degree in child development through the high school’s Career and Technical Education program which she will complete by graduation. She plans to attend The University of Texas at Arlington to study nursing.
Manuel is a three-year member of the Lady Jackets varsity soccer team and has been honored with the Offensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player team awards. She has chosen nursing as a career and is currently in the high school’s Certified Nurse Aide program. Manuel plans to major in nursing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.