TENNERTON — The 2017 Homecoming Queen said she felt most comfortable in her Buckhannon-Upshur High School Marching Band uniform or jeans and sneakers.
But standing before the student body, faculty and staff, her family and friends in a glittering ballgown, senior Alex Edwards thanked those who pushed her out of her comfort zone.
“I sincerely hope that all of you know that under all this sparkle, I’m still just Alex,” said.
Edwards encouraged the students to not be afraid to try new things.
“By doing everything on the safe side, you are missing out on something that could change your life for the better,” she said.
Normally, Edwards would have been in the rear of the gymnasium performing for the coronation with the rest of the band.
She credited her involvement in the band for giving her a place to belong and a creative outlet.
“Thank you to [band director Garrett] Friend for pushing me to be the best that I can possibly be and for not giving up on me when I almost gave up on myself,” she said. Friend crowned Edwards during the ceremony.
“A special thank you to my drumline for following my lead — most of the time,” she joked.
Edwards thanked her parents, Rick and Christa, for their love and support.
“You have never failed to show me that the single most important thing is to embrace the things you love and never have someone or something stand in your way,” she said.
She also recognized her two older sisters, Lizzie and Ana.
“When I was little, I wanted to do everything with my sisters and as I have gotten older, I have realized nothing has changed,” she said.
Edwards also remembered the late Matt McCoy for his friendship.
“You have shown me what it means to be kind and loving,” she said.
Homecoming King and senior Ben Nolte, the son of Sam and Kathy Nolte, plays soccer for the Buccaneers.
Nolte said he made it a point to enjoy his high school years and not take them for granted.
“Since I have came to that realization, I have had the time of my life,” he said. “I wish I had done it sooner.”
He encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunities provided to them and get involved.
“This school provides many activities for students to get involved; it’s just a matter of choosing,” he said.
In his high school career, Nolte can be found on the soccer pitch in the fall and participating in Youth in Government activities.
He thanked his parents for setting a firm foundation for him and supporting him in what chose to do and recognized his younger siblings, Maggie Nolte, a freshman homecoming attendant, and brother Joey.
B-UHS principal Eddie Vincent thanked those responsible for organizing the coronation — the B-UHS student council and advisor Michael Wilson. The theme for this year’s homecoming is Mardi Gras. The homecoming court will be recognized at half-time of the B-UHS football game tonight which begins at 7 p.m. against Lincoln High School.